About this scrapbook
In 1965 the section of the Union Canal running through Wester Hailes was closed over due to safety fears. In 1994 British Water Ways proposed restoring both the Union and the Forth and Clyde Canals to link up the West and East coasts of Scotland with fully navigable waterways for the first time in over 35 years. The Wester Hailes section needed to be re-opened if these plans were to come to fruition. Funded through the Millennium Commission, it was Scotland's most expensive project.
The Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first and only rotating boat lift is perhaps now the most famous symbol of the two canals being rejoined. However, after the Falkirk wheel, the most challenging and complex piece of work required to restore the two canals was the work carried out at Wester Hailes. Over 2.5 km of canal had to be re-dug and filled, roads re-aligned, buildings demolished and 6 road bridges and 3 footbridges had to be constructed. The Wester Hailes section re-opened in 2001