Works update

Update 04/04/2023

Works on Brightons Embankment at The Union Canal are now completed and the towpath will reopen on the morning of Wednesday5th April 2023. The works completion date is ahead of schedule thanks to our teams on the canals and Mackenzie Construction Ltd.

Update 24/03/2023

Currently no impact on navigation, towpaths will remain closed with diversions in place until early April. Updates will be provided once available.

Update 09/01/2023

Further to updates below, the towpath and canal will be closed (please view diversions in place) until March 30th. The canal will open to boat traffic from this date.

Towpath diversion including map and details.

Update 06/01/2023

The canal will be opened to boat traffic on March 15 2023, the towpath will remain closed until March 31 2023 to allow for site clearance and reinstatement.

Update 02/12/2022

Letter drop to local residents and business to advise of works to be carried out.

Brighton’s embankment no 84 between Brightons Bridge no54 and Blairlodge Bridge no55, through inspection and investigations, has been identified for improvement works to ensure long term structural stability.

Scottish Canals’ Principal Contractor, Mackenzie Construction Limited, appointed designers to look at options to improve the stability of the embankment. The design providing most durability and life expectancy is steel sheet piles in conjunction with puddle clay. This method has been deployed successfully at other Forth & Clyde and Union Canal embankment locations.

We plan to carry out piling work commencing Early January 2023 and complete in March 2023. These works will take place from a floating platform on the canal and will require the towpath and canal to be closed for the duration of the works.

Update 04/10/2022

Mackenzie Construction Limited on behalf of Scottish Canals will be carrying out some essential site investigation works between Redding Road and Station Road. As part of these works, we will require the use of the full width of tow path which will prevent any passage of pedestrians or cyclists. For this reason, we will require to close the tow path at these locations including access onto tow path via Station Lane.

During the works, Towpath access between these locations will be closed. An alternative route for pedestrian and cyclists will be put in place and we would ask you to kindly follow the diversions route as shown below.

The diversion will onto Station Road and along Redding Road where to tow path can be re-joined at each of these locations


Works are due to start on Monday 10/10/22 and a programmed to last until 15/10/22.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Scottish Canals – 0141 332 6936

Thank you for your understanding.

Towpath diversion including map and details.