Crinan Canal looks ahead
SCOTLAND: Regardless of the exact business arrangements for Scotland's canals under the new regime, the Crinan Canal is looking to increase traffic from almost 2,000 transits in 2012, writes Mike Balmforth.
Already Scotland's busiest canal, the Crinan will have two improvements to offer boaters who would rather use the 200 year old waterway than sail 85 miles around the Mull of Kintyre.
From early next season Assisted Lock Operation will be available for those customers with only two people on board, or who feel they would like help.
The new Crinan Facilities Building will open at Crinan during the 2012 season. This is another positive outcome of the European INTERREG IVA Sail West Programme which jointly funded construction.
One of the objects of these improvements is to encourage boaters to spend more time in the canal, as their transit licence is valid for four days, and the area has much to offer as a destination.
The Caledonian Canal will be closed to through traffic from 16.00 Friday 6 January 2012 until 16.00 Sunday 18 March 2012 inclusive to allow essential repairs to be carried out.
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