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Bridge too low for new Scottish canal

BRITISH WATERWAYS was tight-lipped this week after the embarrassing discovery that at least one new canal bridge on the £78M Millennium Link project in central Scotland has inadequate headroom.

A commercial pleasure barge on its maiden cruise down the new £6M Westerhailes section of the Union Canal in Edinburgh tore off its mast last week as it passed under one of the concrete overbridges.

Subsequent investigations are said to have shown the clearance under the bridge was 50mm too low.

Contractor Morgan Est, formerly Miller Construction, has built 15 new bridges over the Union Canal as part of the project. A spokesman for British Waterways said it 'could make no comment while discussions with the contractor were still under way'.

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