Following an incident in 2018, when a hire boat collided with Lock 6 at Bankside, the Forth & Clyde Canal East was closed to boating traffic.
After entering the lock chamber, the boat hit the bottom gate, damaging both the lock gate and walkway beyond repair. Operations staff made the site safe by chaining the gate into the recess, closing off the walkway and removing the boat.
Site works to replace both the upstream and downstream lock gates was managed by the Scottish Canals Maintenance Team and our contractors Mackenzie Construction, and began in February 2019. The gates, fabricated by a specialist supplier in England, were assembled in March 2019 with the completion of the project taking place in May 2019.
Update May 2019
Following the completion of works at Lock 6, the Forth & Clyde Canal is now open for coast to coast transit!
Update 1st May
Re-watering of the lock chamber and commissioning of the new lock gates is due to commence on Thursday 2nd May.
Update 29th April
The new lock gates have been successfully installed and testing is due to commence shortly.
Update 23rd April
The new lock gates have been delivered to site and will be installed shortly.