Muiravonside lands £6.25 million to fix canal breach

A section of the Union Canal near Muiravonside and Whitecross which suffered a major breach in August will now be fixed thanks to £6.25 million of funding from the Scottish Government.

The section of canal burst its banks after torrential rain and thunderstorms battered the country and the 30 metre wide breach caused part of a towpath to be washed away.

The incident had a huge impact on the Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line and resulted in train services being suspended for a number of weeks.

At the time teams from Forth Rivers Trust had to rescue a variety of freshwater fish and return their natural habitat in the canal.

This aerial view shows the 30 metre wide breach in the Union Canal near Whitecross and Muiravonside after storms hit the area in August

Now the breach will be fixed thanks to the government cash injection – part of a £19.95 million allocation for improvement works on Scottish Canals.

The capital investment from Scottish Government will also see essential upgrades take place throughout the canal network, safeguarding the heritage assets for the future.

Visit www.scottishcanals.co.uk for more information.