Waterways Ireland embarks on the third phase of dredging the Grand Canal in Dublin

Waterways Ireland has confirmed that further dredging of the Dublin inner city section of the Grand Canal will commence in October 2012. This work follows on from previous dredging contracts completed in 2010 and 2011. The work is necessary to keep the Canal navigable for a large range of boats. To facilitate works the Grand Canal will be closed to navigation from October 2012 to March 2013 between Lock C7 at Portobello on the Circular Line and Lock 2, Davitt Road on the Main Line.

The work will involve the removal of sediment deposits from the central navigation channel of the canals and the clearance of rubbish. Traffic Management Plans agreed with Dublin City Council, have been designed to keep disruption to a minimum. Works are due to be completed by end of March 2013.

Dredging on the Grand Canal will be carried out from Lock C7 Portobello to Lock 1 on the Main Line at Suir Road. This contract is the third phase of dredging work that has been carried out on the Grand Canal between November 2009 and April 2011 from Grand Canal Basin to Lock C7 at Portebello.

The work will be executed under contract by L & M Keating Limited and will involve the use of excavating machinery working within the canal property.

Extensive discussions have taken place with National Parks and Wildlife Service on measures to minimise the impact of these essential maintenance works on the sensitive habitats established within the canals. All material removed from the canals will be transported to licensed disposal facilities.

The work is funded by the Government under the National Development Plan 2007 – 2013. For further information on the project please visit the Waterways Ireland web site www.waterwaysireland.org and check out the ‘Navigation Information, Planned Works’ page.

For further information please contact Waterways Ireland

Katrina Mc Girr Press Office Tel +353 (0)87 9918412
Stephen Forrest Senior Engineer Tel +44 (0)7919596487