Winter works across the Scottish canals

We will be 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

Ram pit replacement:  Fort Augustus

The lock ram pit covers at Fort Augustus lock flight will be replaced. Works are planned from 9 January until mid-March 2017.  (This is during the Caledonian Canal winter closure.)

 

Clachnaharry Sea Lock

Repairs to Clachnaharry Sea Lock gates will take place 30 January to 10 March (exact dates depending on weather conditions). The Sea Lock will be closed to all traffic during the works.

Update 13 March 2017: 

Due to forecast for high winds, the crane lift and reinstallation of Clachnaharry Sea Lock gates, which was scheduled for Friday 17 March, is now likely to take place on Monday 20 March when the wind is due to drop. Unfortunately this means that the Sea Lock will not be available for boat traffic on 20, but we hope to have it back in operation at 9am on Tuesday 21 March.  Any further updates will be added to our website as they are available.

 

Installation of new gear box: Muirtown Swing Bridge

Installation of new gear box at Muirtown Bridge is scheduled to take place between 6 and 17 March. The bridge will remain open to road traffic during the works but boat movements will not be possible.

 

Crinan Canal

Cairnbaan road repairs

These works will reinstate the collapsing road at Cairnbaan.  They will take place in February, with a start date and duration to be advised.

 

Towpath Upgrades:  Ardrishaig – Oakfield and Dunardry – Bellanoch

These towpath sections will be upgraded to a robust, all-weather surface.

Works on towpath upgrades across the network will begin on 14 November, with a phased programme across the canals.  No towpath closures will be required.

 

Forth & Clyde Canal

Twechar and Bonnybridge bridge repairs 

Essential repairs to the hydraulic operating system of Twechar and Bonnybridge bridges will be taking place.

Twechar:  Closed to navigation for five weeks – start date to be advised.

Bonnybridge:  Hydraulic design review underway; dates for works to be advised once known.

 

Towpath Upgrades:  Bonnybridge to Underwood Lock 17

This towpath section will be upgraded to a robust, all-weather surface.

Works on towpath upgrades across the network will begin on 14 November, with a phased programme across the canals.  No towpath closures will be required.

 

Union Canal

Falkirk Tunnel lighting

There will be an upgrade to the lighting system within the historic Falkirk Tunnel, to improve the user experience.  The upgrade will also allow opportunities for artistic and theatrical communities to use the tunnel in new ways for public and community engagement.

Works will start on 7 December, with the tunnel closed to pedestrian and boat traffic for two weeks.

Update:  Falkirk Tunnel has now reopened to all traffic.

 

Avon and Slateford Aqueduct repairs:  Linlithgow and Edinburgh

Repairs will be made to the troughs and structures of the historic Avon and Slateford Aqueducts.

Slateford Aqueduct:  Works will begin on 23 January, with the aqueduct closed to navigation for four weeks.

Update: Slateford Aqueduct has now reopened to all traffic.

Avon Aqueduct:  Works will begin on 27 February, with the aqueduct closed to navigation for four weeks.

 

Stop planks and gate installation:  Linlithgow

Works will be carried out to install stop planks and stop gate.  This will facilitate the inspection and testing of the canal condition and enable an emergency shut-off of the canal.

Works will begin in the week commencing 5 December, for three weeks.  There will be intermittent closures during this period to allow for testing – boaters will be advised of these by signage and by social media updates.

There will then be six weeks of installation work, commencing on 9 January 2017.

Update: The canal has now been re-watered to operational depth and has reopened. 

 

Embankment study:  Linlithgow

Scottish Canals’ engineering team will be installing stop planks at Linlithgow to facilitate a ground investigation as part of the wider study of the condition of the area’s canal embankments. This is an important piece of work which will allow us to identify and tackle high level leakage and to inspect and remove any obstructions within the channel.

In order to ensure this is done safely during the investigation, the water level of the canal will be lowered by up to 0.75 metres over a five kilometre stretch between Bridge 42 at Wilcoxholm and Bridge 48 at Woodcockdale to allow for an inspection of the canal channel.

Whilst it is great news that we are in a position to deliver these works, it does mean that all vessels currently moored within this area are being asked to relocate to temporary moorings to allow the water level to be safely reduced and the investigation and canal inspection to take place. We will be in direct contact with each boat owner affected by these works to discuss and allocate a suitable alternate mooring and arrange transit to it.

Works will start on 9 January, for six weeks.  (This will tie in with the stop planks and gate installation, as above.)

See the Linlithgow Embankment Study hub for further details and updates.

Update: The canal has now been re-watered to operational depth and has reopened. 

 

Stop planks and gate installation:  Brightons, Falkirk

Works will be carried out to install stop planks and stop gate.  This will facilitate the inspection and testing of the canal condition and enable an emergency shut-off of the canal.

Works will begin in February 2017, and are due to last for six weeks. There will be intermittent closures during this period to allow for testing – boaters will be advised of these by signage and by social media updates.

 

Towpath Upgrades:  Brightons – Linlithgow and Broxburn – Bonnington

The towpath will be upgraded to a robust, all-weather surface.

Works on towpath upgrades across the network will begin on 14 November, with a phased programme across the canals.  No towpath closures will be required.

 

 

The Falkirk Wheel

Winter works – phase two

Works will be carried out to replace gate bearings.

Work will start on 2 February 2017, and is expected to last for three weeks, with the Wheel closed to boat traffic.

 

This page was first published 11 November 2016
Updated 20 December 2016
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