Queen Elizabeth II canal receives crowning glory
The new eastern gateway to the Forth & Clyde Canal has been officially named the Queen Elizabeth II Canal by The Queen.
The Queen Elizabeth II Canal is Scotland’s newest canal section, built as part of a £43m project that also features the 30m high Kelpies sculptures.
“The Kelpies and the Queen Elizabeth II Canal are helping put Falkirk and Grangemouth on tourists’ ‘to-see’ lists the world over and serve as a towering tribute to the industrial past of the area and a symbol of its bright future,” explained Andrew Thin, chairman of Scottish Canals.
The canal is one of the most complex sections of waterway ever constructed in Scotland, passing under two major trunk roads and across utility pipelines.
It is the final piece of the Millennium Link – an £83.5m project that restored Scotland’s inland waterways to a navigable state for the first time in more than 50 years and also saw the construction of the iconic Falkirk Wheel.
“The Queen Elizabeth II Canal has transformed access for mariners from Northern Europe and created a world-class marine hub in and out of Scotland,” added communities secretary Angela Constance.
The 1km canal returns the Forth & Clyde back to its birthplace in Grangemouth.
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