Phase two replacement works to begin

Critical lock gate repairs are due to start at Fort Augustus
Critical lock gate repairs are due to start at Fort Augustus
Phase one of works was completed last winter
Phase one of works was completed last winter

Phase Two of the lock gate replacement works at Fort Augustus are due to begin next week, part of a critical repair programme by Scottish Canals.

Works are due to be completed spring 2020.

The completion of Phase One works at Fort Augustus to replace lock gates two and strengthen lock gates three and four took place last winter and the canal reopened to navigation in April 2019.

The next stage will involve the south side road periodically closing to traffic from gates one to six.

Additional works will also be carried out to the embankment to the west of Kytra, which will place some restrictions on the use of the towpath.

So all work can be undertaken safely, the Caledonian Canal water level will be reduced once again from Kytra lock to the top of Fort Augustus.

£7m investment

“These 200-year-old waterways play a vital role in both local communities, generating approximately £7m of investment each year for the Highland economy, contributing to the marine industry; attracting tourists, visitor spend and investment; as well as stimulating job creation and business growth,” said Catherine Topley, Scottish Canals chief executive.

And she said the works are critical in ensuring that the lock gates operate with improved safety and efficiency.

This winter Scottish Canals will also change the operating mechanisms from hydraulic to electrical systems, aimed at providing a quieter, more reliable and energy efficient operation.

The lock gate replacement works received £5.35m funding from the Scottish Government in 2018.

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