Funding for Scotland’s canals

Funding for Scotland’s canals


Extra funding worth £3 million to help improve Scotland’s canal network was announced today.

It will be spent on projects which include improvements to locks on the Caledonian canal, major renovation of a swing bridge on the Crinan canal and an outdoors activity centre on the Union canal at Falkirk.

Transport Minister Tavish Scott said: ‘Scotland’s canals make a major contribution to the regeneration of many areas across Scotland. Investment in our canal network benefits the local economy and our tourist industry.I want to encourage more people to use and enjoy our canal network.’

British Waterways is a cross border public corporation sponsored jointly by the Scottish Executive and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). In Scotland British Waterways manage five canals: Caledonian, Crinan, Forth and Clyde, Union, and Monklands canals.

Caledonian Canal

Dochgarroch Lock stabilisation – £700,000 – will cover lock work completion at Dochgarroch, secondary grouting of locks at Banavie, Tomnahurich & Dochgarroch bank works, Corpach double lock embankments and Mount Alexander Aqueduct stabilization.

Inshore Survey of Loch Ness – £50,000 – for a Hydrological study of the shoreline to inform future decisions, navigation, maintenance and other works.

Crinan Canal

Ardrishaig Swing Bridge – £400,000 – to undertake a refurbishment of the operating equipment, a complete repaint and will include a temporary diversion during the works

Wet Dredging – £80,000 – to improve navigation for boaters in identified problem areas

Forth & Clyde Canal

Essential repairs to waterway walls at the Glasgow Branch – £250,000

Seal aqueduct at Possil Road – £220,000

Remove sunken wrecks at Bowling – £400,000 – to aid navigation

Mechanise sea lock at Bowling – £150,000 – to provide operational improvements.

River Carron economic study – £50,000 – to build on study on possible alternative access to Forth & Clyde canal from the Firth of Forth.

Union Canal

Contribution to the capital costs of the Waterways Trust Scotland’s Action Outdoors Activity Centre on the Union Canal at Falkirk – £50,000

Union & Forth &Clyde Canals

Lowland Canals Freight Project – £50,000 – to develop freight movements on Lowland Canals


Mooring improvements and other works – £600,000 – this includes significant improvements to facilities for boaters and work on possible new canal developments.

Source: Scottish Executive