Union Canal regeneration

The Union Canal is undergoing a £330,000 regeneration programme The Union Canal is undergoing a £330,000 regeneration programme

CANAL REGENERATION: Work has started to transform Edinburgh’s Union Canal with a £330,000 programme of works to include towpath upgrades, vibrant landscaping and new moorings.

Richard Millar, director of infrastructure at Scottish Canals, said: “The towpaths of the Union Canal are busier than ever before and, with a lot of developments ongoing in the area this route is becoming an increasingly significant destination for leisure, exercise and commuting.”

“This project will improve access to them by providing a safe, all-weather surface that anyone from cyclists and walkers to wheelchair users can use and enjoy.”

He added that in addition to the towpath upgrades Scottish Canals will be carrying out essential maintenance and repairs to the canal wall and adding new moorings. By carrying out all works at the same time the plan is to minimise disruption for users.

The work is being supported by both Sustrans and The City of Edinburgh Council.

Works will get underway on Monday 5 September and will last approximately four months with the towpath being closed at different intervals during this time.

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