Canals revival pledge by transport minister

300413 Colin galloway of lucs at canal bridge, linlithgow.
300413 Colin galloway of lucs at canal bridge, linlithgow.

A BLUEPRINT for the revival of Scottish canals has been welcomed in Linlithgow.

Last week, transport minister Keith Brown outlined plans for the national canal network over the next decade at the Scottish Parliament.

He said: “Scotland’s canals are a great national asset and their revival offers real opportunities, not only for recreation and regeneration, but for the wider economy as well.

‘‘We have outlined our aspirations for the future of Scotland’s canals over the next five to 10 years following the successful transition from British Waterways to Scottish Canals in 2012.”

The change in name means the group now has a board appointed by Scottish ministers. Mr Brown added: “It 
allows us to look forward to an exciting period of continued revival of our canals which will not only see them become bustling centres of activity
for recreation, tourism and sport. Our canals are important assets that we wish to see utilised in order to 
enhance quality of life and to help create a more successful, sustainable country.”

Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop said the announcement was “good news” adding: “For years local volunteers provided vision and worked to develop the 
canal. It is great to see we now have a new national plan for 

Over the past eight years, there has been a 300 per cent increase in the number of visitors walking and cycling along the canal towpaths.

The Scottish Government’s new document, “Making the most of Scotland’s canals”, is available on the Transport Scotland website.