Second phase of Caledonian Canal works to begin

SCOTTISH Canals has announced that ‘critical’ lock gate replacement works at Caledonian Canal in Fort Augustus are set to commence on October 28.

Funding of £5.35 million from the Scottish Government in 2018 made the repairs possible, with the current work coming as part of phase 2 – with previous work on the canal taking place last winter.

Scottish Canals say that the work will ensure the lock gates operate with increased safety and efficiency. The operating mechanisms will also be switched from hydraulic systems to electrical systems, allowing for a quieter and more efficient operation.

Catherine Topley chief executive of Scottish Canals, said, “We are delighted to progress the second phase of these vital canal works after another busy season on the Caledonian Canal.

“These 200-year-old waterways play a vital role in both local communities, generating approximately £7 million 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.

“While managing these historic assets is not without its challenges, we are committed to continuing to work with the Scottish Government and our partners to ensure they continue to deliver benefits for all the people of Scotland.”