Torrential rain causes wharf to collapse

Damage to the wharf at the canal in Bishopbriggs
Damage to the wharf at the canal in Bishopbriggs

Days of torrential rain and gale force winds have taken their toll on a new wharf built on the Forth and Clyde Canal in Bishopbriggs.

A local resident raised the alarm after discovering the damage at the end of last week at Cadder Bridge.

The woman said: “The newly built jetty at Cadder Bridge had partially collapsed.

“It’s a danger and needs to be cordoned off immediately. I thought the public should be aware of it.”

The Herald contact Scottish Canals who said they were taking action to make the are a safe, and that the nearby towpath remained open.

A spokesperson said: “Our maintenance teams have been on site at the wharf and have cordoned off the area.

“Our engineers are assessing the situation and we believe the recent heavy rainfall may have caused some subsidence and impacted the integrity of the structure.

“The towpath is unaffected and remains open.”

He added: “We’d take this opportunity to restate the importance that all towpath users stay safe and stay away from the edge of the canal. Also, in the event of an out-of-hours emergency, members of the public can contact us on 0800 072 9900.”