Second Phase of Vital Caledonian Canal Repairs to Commence

Phase Two of the lock gate replacement works at Fort Augustus are set to commence this winter, safeguarding the canal for future generations.

Works will begin onsite on Monday 28th October 2019 due for completion in spring 2020. The lock gate replacement works are part of a critical repair program made possible thanks to £5.35m funding from the Scottish Government in 2018.

The completion of Phase One works at Fort Augustus to replace lock gates 2 and strengthen lock gates 3 & 4 took place last winter and the canal reopened to navigation on the 17 April 2019.

To accommodate the works in Fort Augustus, the south side road will periodically close to traffic from lock gates 1 to lock gates 6.  Access will only be affected during specific dates to accommodate major activities.

Additional works will also be carried out to the embankment to the west of Kytra, which will place some restrictions on the use of the towpath. So all work can be undertaken safely, the Caledonian Canal water level will be reduced once again from Kytra lock to the top of Fort Augustus.

“We are delighted to progress the second phase of these vital canal works after another busy season on the Caledonian Canal.

“These 200-year-old waterways play a vital role in both local communities, generating approximately £7 million of investment each year for the Highland economy, contributing to the marine industry; 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.”

Catherine Topley, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals

These works are critical in ensuring that the lock gates operate with improved safety and efficiency and the Caledonian Canal continues to attract thousands of visitors by land and water for many years to come.

Similar to events held in Fort Augustus in March this year, Scottish Canals will hold another open day, allowing stakeholders and residents the opportunity to see first-hand the work that’s being done, and find out why it’s so important.

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.

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