Through Scottish Government funding, including an additional allocation of £5.35m made available to Scottish Canals in November 2018, critical repairs will commence on the Caledonian and Union Canals on 14 January 2019.
Commencing next week, the lock gates at Kytra and Fort Augustus on the Caledonian Canal are to be replaced.
Transport Scotland is making the investment to allow Scottish Canals to maintain these historic assets as well as assist projects which improve the experience for users and support income generation for reinvestment in the canals.
Catherine Topley, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, said: “This additional funding is fantastic news and will help us to safeguard the incredible heritage assets of Scotland’s canals for future generations to enjoy.
“These 200-year-old waterways play a vital role in local communities and Scotland as a whole, contributing to the marine economy; attracting tourists, visitor spend and investment; as well as stimulating job creation and business growth.
“While managing these historic assets is not without its challenges, we are committed to continuing to work with the Scottish Government and our partners to ensure they continue to deliver benefits for all the people of Scotland.”
Scottish Canals have been updating and informing canal users on anticipated disruption as a result of these vital works. For further information visit the Scottish Canals website.