Annual maintenance works will get underway at The Falkirk Wheel on Thursday 10th November to ensure the world’s only rotating boat lift keeps on turning in 2017.
Between the 10th of November and 9th of December 2016, Scottish Canals’ engineering teams will carry out an extensive programme of inspections, maintenance and replacements covering everything from the Wheel’s mechanical and electrical systems to its surrounding infrastructure including the basin and aqueduct.
Paul Berry, Scottish Canals’ Project Manager, said: “The Falkirk Wheel is an incredible and unique feat of engineering as well as one of Scotland’s top tourism attractions and it is essential we carry out regular maintenance to ensure The Wheel continues to operate safely.”
The works will involve The Wheel being drained of water so the teams can inspect each of its thousands of mechanical parts, from the tiny nuts and bolts to the gigantic gondolas. The basin and aqueduct will also be drained as part of the programme of works to allow further inspection of the supporting infrastructure, such as the pumps and sluices.
From Wednesday 2nd November, The Falkirk Wheel will be open Wednesday to Sunday between 11am and 4pm with a minimum of three boat trips taking place throughout the day. For more information and to book a boat trip, visit www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk.
There will be no boat trips from Thursday 10th to Friday 9th of December. The Visitor Centre, Café and Gift Shop will remain open Wednesday to Sunday between 11am and 4pm throughout the works.
For more information on the maintenance and winter opening hours, see here.
Images of previous years’ maintenance can be viewed here.