The lock gates at a key location on the Caledonian Canal are to be replaced as part of an additional £5.35 million of capital funding for Scottish Canals, the organisation which manages the canal network in Scotland.
This additional funding follows continuing discussions between Scottish Canals and Transport Scotland about the challenges involved in maintaining the historic assets on the canal network and the publication in June this year of Scottish Canals’ Asset Management Strategy.
Transport Scotland is making the investment to allow Scottish Canals to replace the lock gates at Fort Augustus and undertake additional capital projects, which include improvements and upgrades to assets across the network as well as projects which support income generation for reinvestment in the canals.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “The additional funding will enable Scottish Canals to undertake a number of projects including work on the Caledonian Canal, one of Scotland’s best known waterways, which attracts almost 300,000 visitors each year. It is essential that this work is carried out now to alleviate the immediate pressure at Fort Augustus for both commercial and leisure vessels.
“The repairs will also help ensure that boats will be able to continue to use the canal in future years as it approaches its 200th anniversary in 2022. These repairs will be in addition to the planned maintenance that Scottish Canals will be carrying out this year as part of its asset management programme.”