Belfast Boat lock – 250 Years Later

Work is soon set to begin on the river Lagan, at Lock number 1, at Stranmillis weir, over 250 years ago since the river was first opened, the work is due to start to revive the city’s waterway, as planning permission has recently been passed for the £4 million ‘Lagan Gateway Project’.


The 27 mile long canal was originally built to connect Belfast to Lough Neagh, and was one of the most successful canal’s in Ireland in its day, with one of its primary uses being the export of coal that had been mined in Coalisland, Co. Tyrone.


The plans will include an iconic gateway lock, a pedestrian bridge and an exciting new cascade weir, allowing the space to have a deeper use and as the prospect of the  newest visitor attraction in Northern Ireland is brightening, additional landscaping has been proposed, promising picnic tables and cycle stands.


This visionary gateway project hopes to connect other boat locks along the Lagan which will bring more jobs, business opportunities and tourism to NI.


To read more on the work due to start on the Belfast Boat lock, see ITV News- Belfast Boat Lock or visit the Lagan Navigation Trust webpage.

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