Union Canal

1793

The Union Canal was conceived as a direct route for the people of Edinburgh to access cheap sources of coal from the West

Union Canal

1813

A survey is undertaken to link the proposed canal to the Forth & Clyde Canal

Union Canal

1817

Construction is approved by an Act of Parliament

Union Canal

1822

The Union Canal opens after only four years

Union Canal

1849

Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Company takes ownership of the canal

Union Canal

1906

Plans are drawn up for a distinctive lifting bridge at Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Union Canal

1921

The Eastern terminus of the canal is closed

Union Canal

1933

The Western terminus is closed as commercial traffic ceases

Union Canal

1930s -1960s

The decline continues with the infilling of the lock flight that linked the Union Canal with the Forth & Clyde Canal. The canal is culverted at Westerhailes and Broxburn to make way for roads

Union Canal

1965

The Union Canal is formally closed to navigation

Union Canal

2001

The canal is reopened as part of the £83.5m Millennium Link – the largest canal restorations anywhere in Britain

Union Canal

2002

The Falkirk Wheel reconnects the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals for the first time in over 70 years