Canal reopens to boat traffic

Engineering works to modernise and upgrade the Twechar and Bonnybridge lift bridges have started Engineering works to modernise and upgrade the Twechar and Bonnybridge lift bridges have started
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The Forth & Clyde Canal is due to reopen to boat traffic this spring – the first time in more than a year.

Engineering works to modernise and upgrade the Twechar and Bonnybridge lift bridges on the canal have started, works that will include designing and installing a new hydraulic system and lifting cylinders, installing a bridge deck levelling and monitoring system as well as maintenance access platforms.

The works have been made possible thanks to £1.625m additional funding from the Scottish Government. They are being carried out by Scottish Canals.

Vital role

“We’re working hard to bring these bridges back into use and reopen the Forth & Clyde Canal in time for the boating season this spring,” said Catherine Topley, Scottish Canals chief executive.

“Scotland’s canals play a vital role in local communities and the nation as a whole, contributing to the marine economy, attracting tourists, visitor spend and investment, providing widespread health benefits as well as stimulating job creation and business growth.”

The bridges were previously closed to boat traffic early 2018 when routine inspections raised concerns over the safety of their mechanisms.

Other maintenance projects being undertaken by Scottish Canals include the replacement of lock gates on the Caledonian Canal and the installation of new water monitoring systems on the Crinan Canal.

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