The Caledonian Canal is one of the Highlands most popular visitor attractions with over 1,400 boats transiting the canal each year.
Major works have been carried out on Tomnahurich Swing Bridge to bring about significant Health and Safety improvements for both the staff who operate and maintain the bridge, as well as members of the public who use and rely on the bridge, whether by car, cycle, foot or boat.
Tomnahurich Swing Bridge was originally installed in 1938 and a lot of the equipment associated with the bridge was found to be life expired and obsolete.
The vast majority of the electrical, control and hydraulic systems have been replaced with modern equipment specifically designed for this bridge and is housed in walk-in enclosure to allow maintenance staff to carry out their tasks within a controlled environment, with lighting, heating and protection from the Scottish weather. The works are compatible with other recent upgrade works, and provides commonality for future bridges upgrades.
The bridge was previously operated from the bridge pavements, leaving the operator exposed to the elements and vehicle movements. The bridge operator now operates the bridge from within the refurbished bridge house with the bridge operation supplemented by CCTV cameras and multiscreen CCTV display screen.