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First New Lock on Lagan Canal in Over 250 Years Set to Open

16th May 2022
The new Lock Number 1 at Stranmillis
The new Lock Number 1 at Stranmillis on the Lagan Canal that connects Belfast Lough with Lough Neagh Credit: Lagan Operations & Maintenance

Nearly five years after work began, the first new boat lock on the Lagan Canal in more than 250 years is set to open tomorrow, Tuesday 17 May.

The new £4+ million Lock Number 1 at Stranmillis is part of a project to reopen the Lagan Canal to navigation from Belfast Lough to Lough Neagh, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

Regeneration of the canal includes a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the lock that was opened last autumn.

At 11am tomorrow morning the first boats since the canal was closed to commercial traffic in the 1950s will pass the lock in a special ceremony hosted by the Lagan branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland with Belfast City Council.

The Belfast Telegraph has more on the story HERE.

MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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