Union Canal reopens

£1m has been spent on engineering work on the Union Canal £1m has been spent on engineering work on the Union Canal
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The Union Canal at Linlithgow has fully reopened to public access following the completion of £1m of engineering work by Scottish Canals to reinforce its embankments.

Part of a Scotland-wide programme of winter maintenance, the Scottish Government-funded Linlithgow embankment works were carried out in two phases.

Phase one comprised 160m of sheet piling installed along the canal, 4.5m deep, between Linlithgow Academy and Woodcockdale.

Phase two involved further sheet piling along the canal at Manse Road East resulting in a strengthened embankment with an improved towpath, four residential and four additional leisure/visitor moorings.

Vital maintenance

“The 200-year-old Union Canal attracts more than ten million visits each year and plays an important role in the communities on its banks,” said Richard Millar, Scottish Canals director of infrastructure.

“Thanks to funding from the Scottish Government, this vital maintenance project has safeguarded the future of the waterway at Linlithgow, ensuring this incredible heritage structure continues to deliver benefits for local people and Scotland as a whole into the next century and beyond.”

The improvement works were scheduled following embankment surveys carried out by Scottish Canals in 2017. This saw the water level of the waterway reduced over a five-kilometre stretch, and around 30,000 cubic metres of water drained from the canal.

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