Scottish Canals launch management strategy

Avon Aqueduct Scottish Canals manages more than 4,100 individual assets including the 200-year-old Avon Aqueduct
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Scottish Canals has launched a new strategy detailing how it will manage, care for and prioritise works on the infrastructure of Scotland’s 250-year-old waterways between now and 2030 in the face of a £70m repair backlog.

The organisation estimates that Scotland's canals require additional investment of between £6m and £9m each year. Its Asset Management Strategy sets out a rationale for prioritising which projects and infrastructure Scottish Canals invests its resources in to ensure the safety of the public and the long-term sustainability of the nation’s inland waterways.

“The launch of our Asset Management Strategy is an important moment," said Catherine Topley, Scottish Canals interim CEO. "With ageing infrastructure, the growing impact of climate change and increasing pressure on public finances, it's never been more vital to ensure we manage these 250-year old assets responsibly, competently and for the benefit of the many as well as the few.”

£11m aid package

Scottish Canals receives grant-in-aid of around £11m each year from the Scottish Government for the management of 140-miles of inland waterway and more than 4,100 individual assets ranging from the 200-year-old engineering structures of the Avon Aqueduct and Ness Weir to modern tourism icons like The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies.

Over the past 20 years these assets have delivered more than £870m of investment; created more than 5,000 jobs and resulted in the construction of more than 5,000 houses. In that time, Scottish Canals has also created key income-generating tourism destinations such as Falkirk, Fort Augustus, Bowling and Ardrishaig.

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