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Lagan Corridor Project

The River Lagan has played a central part in the history of Belfast, helping it to become one of the greatest ports in Europe and one of the UK's leading manufacturing centres by the end of the 19th century.

So, as the renaissance of Belfast gathers pace, it seems only right that the Lagan is restored to its former glory, allowing the city and its people to once again make full use of this most valuable resource.

The aim of the project is to rejuvenate the Lagan Canal within the Belfast boundary. Subject to funding, it is proposed that around 17 kilometers of the Lagan Navigation, from Belfast to Lisburn, will be reopened.

Some initial survey work has already taken place around the site of the proposed Stranmillis Lock and Weir (Gateway) and a scoping study was completed in June 2008.

An economic appraisal was completed in September 2009 which outlines the proposed options for the development of the first phase of the Lagan Navigation Restoration Project from Lagan Weir to Edenderry. For a copy of the economic appraisal, please contact our Lagan Corridor Officer on 028 9091 8713. 

Lagan Gateway brochure

We have created a Lagan Gateway brochure which explains the first phase of the Lagan Navigation Project from Lagan Weir to Edenderry.

Lagan aerial flyover video

The future

In the long term, an even more exciting prospect is projected. Plans are under consideration to open the Lagan Corridor as far as Lough Neagh, where it will link up with the Shannon and Erne Waterway, through the development of the Ulster Canal, allowing the possibility of connecting Belfast, Dublin and Limerick by canal. 

Further information

If you are interested in finding out more visit the Lagan Canal Trust website at www.lagancanaltrust.org
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