Muirtown Swing Bridge reopned to boat traffic

Update 5pm 17th August

Repairs have been completed and operation of the bridge has been successful today. Muirtown Swing bridge is now operating as normal.

Update 11.15am 14th August

Muirtown Swing Bridge will be closed to boat traffic on the afternoon of Wednesday 16th August whilst we install the refurbished motor. We expect to restore the bridge to normal operations from 8am on Thursday 17th August.

Update 10.00 3rd August

Following successful test swings during the night, a temporary fix will allow for a restricted number of swings per day until final repairs can be made. 3 swings will take place throughout the day, one in the morning, one around lunchtime and one in the afternoon, subject to demand, until further notice.

Please note there are additional restrictions today, Thursday 3rd August due to Belladrum Music Festival and the Black Isle Show, more details can be found here.

Update 16:00 2nd August

A replacement motor has now been fitted to Muirtown Swing Bridge on the Caledonian Canal.

We have arrangements in place with Highland Council, BEAR Scotland and Police Scotland to perform a series of test swings between 3am and 5am tonight. If the tests are successful, we hope to reopen the canal to boat traffic tomorrow (August 3rd) morning.

As a result, Muirtown Swing Bridge will be closed to road traffic between 3am and 5am on August 3rd with a signed diversion via Tomnahurich Swing Bridge.

Update 00:35 2nd August

Last night’s manual swing to clear boat traffic at Muirtown Swing Bridge was completed successfully. The Caledonian Canal remains closed to boat traffic while we undertake repairs to the bridge motor.

Update 17:35 1st August

Our mechanical and electrical team is still working on repairing Muirtown Swing Bridge and the bridge remains closed to boat traffic. We will be working with Highland Council, BEAR Scotland and Police Scotland to manually swing the bridge to allow waiting vessels to transit tonight.

As result, Muirtown Swing Bridge will be closed to road traffic between 10pm and midnight on August 1st with a signed diversion via Tomnahurich Swing Bridge.

Update 16:28 1st August

Repairs to the gearbox of Muirtown Swing Bridge have been completed but a further fault has now been discovered with the bridge motor which means the bridge continues to be inoperable.

Our mechanical and electrical team is currently looking at implementing a temporary fix using an old motor to allow us operate the bridge and clear boat traffic. If this doesn’t prove possible, we will be working with Highland Council, BEAR Scotland and Police Scotland to manually swing the bridge to allow waiting vessels to transit.

If this manual swing is required, Muirtown Swing Bridge will be closed to road traffic between 10pm and midnight on August 1st with a signed diversion via Tomnahurich Swing Bridge.

We hope this manual swing is not necessary and will confirm if it will be required as soon as possible.

31st July

The Caledonian Canal is currently closed to boat traffic at Inverness due to a fault with Muirtown Swing Bridge’s gearbox that is preventing the bridge from opening. Our maintenance team is currently onsite and is working to repair the fault. Road traffic is unaffected. 

This page will be updated as more information becomes available. You can also follow @scottishcanals on Twitter to keep up-to-date on any #CanalWorks and #CanalClosures.

 

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