Lagan Corridor Project
What is the 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.
What are the main aims of the project?The aim of the project is to rejuvenate the Lagan Canal within the Belfast boundary. Over the next few years, and with the necessary funding in place, 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.
- Download Scoping Study Report (PDF - 6.4MB)
Lagan Gateway brochureWe have created a Lagan Gateway brochure which explains the first phase of the Lagan Navigation Project from Lagan Weir to Edenderry.
- Download Lagan Gateway brochure (PDF - 2.8MB)
Lagan aerial flyover video
- View the Lagan aerial flyover video (high quality) (WMV - 21MB)
- View the Lagan aerial flyover video (low quality) (WMV - 7MB)
The futureIn 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.
How can I take part in the conservation of the canal?Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland occasionally organise conservation programs.
For further information, please visit www.cvni.org