What Goes Around Comes Around
Jonathan Mosse, IWA’s Scotland representative, reflects on some movement of freight on Scottish canals
Apart from sheer economics, the elementary drivers behind freight by inland waterways can be pretty much boiled down to dramatically lowered emissions and reduced road congestion, in some cases combined with providing access to poorly served rural locations. If, for the moment, we overlook the criminally underused River Clyde then the potential in Scotland, for the most part, largely embraces access … or rather a lack of it. A relatively small population (much of it centred on a few large towns and cities) means that whole swathes of countryside are comparatively inaccessible, as there is little need to build a trunk road network connecting a diversity of small, far-flung communities.
[Photo: Aircraft carrier section below Erskine Bridge on the River Clyde by Jonathan Mosse]