Creating the Canal Link
A new chapter in the history of the Forth
& Clyde canal is about to be written as the canal is extended
to improve the link with the River Carron.
A large variation between high and low tides on the river
estuary is one of the challenges which currently limits access to
the canal. This will all change as the vision for 1km of new canal
The contract for the construction
of the Canal Link has been awarded to Balfour Beatty Civil
Improving access to the Forth and Clyde canal
Boats will be able to enter and leave the canal more easily and
the tow path will provide a new facility for walkers and
The new sea lock will accommodate the full range of tides. A
crane will be provided next to the sea lock to allow yachts to be
de-masted before making passage through the canal.
The canal extension will pass under the Kerse Road Bridge using
a lift bridge and a new canal tunnel will take the canal and
towpath under the M9 and into a specially constructed basin at the
Canal Hub where the Kelpies® will be positioned.
The scope of the canal works will focus on creating a new canal
extension from the existing Forth & Clyde canal down to a new
sea lock on the River Carron, waiting areas and a lift bridge over
the new extension at Glensburgh Road in Falkirk.