The Union Canal is a 31.5 mile (50.7 km) canal in Scotland, from Lochrin Basin and the Leamington lift bridge in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh to Falkirk, where it meets the Forth and Clyde Canal.
British Waterways Scotland decided in June 2008 to market the area between Edinburgh Quay and Ashley Terrace Bridge as Edinburgh Canal Quarter. With the canal now largely restored for both boating, walkers and cyclists on the towpath, it is enjoying a new lease of life.
As a result of the project the section between Harrison Park and Viewforth has been widened and resurfaced allowing improved and safer shared use for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users. This section of towpath leads directly to the City Centre and is very popular. The towpath is also part of the 10,000 mile national cycle network. A major issue is safety being so near to the water’s edge during the hours of darkness.
A 2.5km stretch of the Union canal towpath has been improved from a night time safety perspective with the installation of 560 Bi-Directional Astucia Solarlite Road Studs to provide cyclists with more clearly defined guidance and visibility of the path ahead for up to a distance of 900m.
The flush profile of the Solarlite stud as less than 4mm ensures that they are unobtrusive and bicycle wheel, walker and wheel chair friendly whilst still providing maximum visibility at night.
The project was supplied and installed as 4 lots; with the majority of studs being white at 10m intervals marking the edges of the towpath, with red studs at 5m intervals providing warning of hazards such as the towpath narrowing on approaches to over bridges and finally green studs highlighting towpath entrances and exits. All stud locations were positioned carefully to avoid any impact on the historic fabric of the canal such as mileposts or cobbled areas.