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Union Canal embankment protection project completed

A major all-winter project by Scottish Canals to protect the canal embankment at Linlithgow was completed in late April.

Around 3 miles of the canal was drained last year to check on the condition of various embankments, but in the end the work focused on a 1/4-mile length between bridges 45 and 46, overlooking the playing fields of Linlithgow Academy.

The stone bank was reinforced with piling and a new cycle-quality towpath laid on what is Sustrans route NCN 754, in a £1m project that came in close to time and budget.

Precautionary works to maintain embankments can be tough calls to make, as the high cost of repairs must be balanced against the consequences of failure. The embankment here was overlooking a school, and a breach could have been catastrophic.

In this, Scottish Canals was luckier than the Canal & River Trust in what looked like a roughly similar engineering decision on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The two projects started at the same time last November, but the English one has overrun considerably.

 
The Union Canal at Linlithgow. 

Thursday 23 May  | Andrew Denny  | 2.53pm, Thursday 23 May 2019

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