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The Canal and North Gateway (CNG) project, with investment of £83.6m of City Deal funding, aims to deliver site remediation, servicing, new bridges, roads access and public realm improvements to enable regeneration in Sighthill, Port Dundas, Cowlairs and Speirs Lock.

The City Deal investment will fund the reconnection of the area with the City Centre and open up the north of the city, transforming the community and enabling growth in north Glasgow.

The North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System (NGIWMS) element of the project, being delivered in partnership with Scottish Canals, supports the CNG project aims and has created Glasgow's award-winning Smart Canal, to mitigate flood risk as well as enable regeneration.

The project uses sensors and predictive weather technology to provide early warning of wet weather before moving excess rainfall from residential and business areas into stretches of the canal where water levels have been lowered by as much as 10cm. This creates 55,000 cubic metres of extra capacity to transport surface water from North Glasgow to the River Kelvin during storms.

Community Benefits

The benefits to the community are:

  • Vacant and derelict land remediated and brought back into use;
  • New footpaths and roads will be created including two new bridges;
  • Pedestrian and segregated cycle routes created;
  • New homes built;
  • Commercial space created; and
  • Creation of Glasgow's Smart Canal to dynamically manage surface water to reduce flood risk and facilitate development and regeneration.



The CNG projects have all involved community consultation throughout their development stages. The delivery programme is nearing its completion and while some of the projects are still to be constructed, they have seen extensive community engagement and consultation.


The current projects are listed below:

  • Cowlairs Link: Surface Water link from Cowlairs to the Forth & Clyde Canal.
  • North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System (NGIWMS): Further information is available on the MGSDP website.
  • Port Dundas: Port Dundas project area sits next to the City Centre, Sighthill and it is the gateway to north of Glasgow. It is currently seeing a change in the uses from industrial to mixed uses with a strong urban sports presence and some significant sites opening up for development. To support the area's regeneration, City Deal funding is enabling projects to improve connectivity to and from the and through the area by upgrading public realm and pedestrian and cycling routes.
  • Port Dundas: 100 Acre Hill in partnership with Scottish Canals saw a large site previously occupied by Diageo in the heart of the area transformed ready for housing development supporting the regeneration of the area. The works include high quality public realm that links the site to the surrounding areas increasing the permeability of the wider neighbourhood. New housing developments are already taking place on site.
  • Port Dundas: North Canal Bank Street and Landscape Link works to improve and to create new pedestrian and cycling routes connecting the West End to Port Dundas and the bordering 100 Acre Hill development site highlighting the Canal as a main feature. The works include improved public realm, new cycleways and improved footways that links it to the wider network of active travel routes.
  • Sighthill: Infrastructure Remediation
  • Sighthill: Servicing and Site Development Remediation
  • Sighthill: Cowlairs Bridge (Road bridge over railway); Port Dundas: 100 Acre Hill
  • Sighthill: Pedestrian Bridge (M8 Foot/Cycle bridge)
  • Speirs Lock: Garscube Toll and Links project creates the missing link between the Connecting Woodside and the Canal by improving public realm at the Toll with the introduction of planters and realignment of the junction. It has also introduced a new cycleway improving access to the Canal and linking it to the wider pedestrian and cycling network


Fact File


  • North of Glasgow City Centre and M8     

Electoral Wards


  • 10 - Anderson/City/Yorkhill
  • 11 - Hillhead
  • 16 - Canal
  • 17 - Springburn/Royston
  • £83.6 million
Current Stage
  • Partly completed, design development, detailed design and construction stages
Completion Date
  • 2025


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Last modified on 19 June 2024

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