Canal link a step closer

30 Apr 2013

Plans for a £70 million canal to connect Loch Lomond to the River Clyde are being developed.

The five-mile waterway, which would be Scotland's first new canal in nearly 200 years, would run from Dumbarton harbour to the River Leven barrage at Balloch.

It would link the sailing areas of the Clyde estuary with the loch for the first time.

Last month, officials from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency met those from organisations such as Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Canals, and West Dunbartonshire Council to discuss environmental concerns surrounding the projects.

Work on the project would be expected to last several years.

A spokesman for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency said: "Discussions are still at an early stage and all parties have been advised of the environmental issues that must be addressed before any formal applications are submitted."

It is understood the canal would run alongside the River Leven, which flows from Loch Lomond, at Balloch, through the towns of Alexandria and Vale Of Leven to the River Clyde at Dumbarton.

There has not been a new canal built in Scotland since 1818, when the Union Canal was constructed.

Source: Evening Times - Move for new £70m canal.