Winter works across the Scottish canals

Our operations teams have been taking advantage of the quieter winter season to carry out a number of works, right across the canal network.

Works are detailed by canal, below, and further updates will follow as available.  Should you have any specific queries, please contact the local canal office.

Caledonian Canal

Aberchalder and Laggan Swing Bridges

Bear Scotland have been carrying out major works to these trunk road bridges during the winter closure.

Banavie Rail Bridge

Network Rail have been repairing the rail bridge in order to improve its operational reliability after 2017’s unexpected failures.

Corpach and Laggan Locks

Divers have repaired the sluices at Corpach and Laggan Locks. This will be beneficial to the operation of both lock sites.

Tomnahurich Swing Bridge

Contractors have replaced the operating mechanism, installed computerised controls and CCTV systems for better safety, reliability and operator visibility.

Muirtown Swing Bridge

Contractors have replaced the slew drive which will improve the reliability of this busy bridge.

Kytra and Dochgarroch

Scottish Canals staff have been redecking pontoons at Kytra and Dochgarroch with nonslip mini mesh decking which requires less maintenance and has improved grip in adverse weather conditions.

Gairlochy

Work is about to start to refurbish the large craft jetty at Gairlochy so that it will be available to our resident hotel boats and other large craft visiting the canal for many years to come.

Facilities Block

Scottish Canals staff have repainted many of the canals’ facility blocks when they’ve been forced away from other outdoor work by harsh weather.

Crinan Canal

Ardrishaig breakwater repointing stonework joints improving visitor safety.

Ardrishaig Bridge wigwag and PLC replacement to improve operational reliability.

The operations team in conjunction with divers have repaired the sluices at Locks 1 and 5. This will be beneficial to the operation of both lock sites.

The operations team have been re-decking pontoons and jetty’s with nonslip mini mesh decking which requires less maintenance and has improved grip in adverse weather conditions.

Re-decking works are about to start on Oakfield Bridge to maintain its operational integrity.

Lock Gate replacement gangway planks, bolts and fixings on all locks.

Towpath resurfacing works are complete from towpath cottage to Oakfield Bridge.

Works are complete on Crinan Pier surface greatly improving visitor safety.

Operational staff have repainted many of the facility blocks when they’ve been forced away from other outdoor work by harsh weather.

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