The creation of the Wheel at Falkirk will ensure that the Millennium Link continues the innovative and creative traditions of their forebears when designing and building the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals. These two canals, which span the great canal age of Britain, are associated with a remarkable amount of innovation in engineering, with many unique features and engineering 'firsts'.The Forth & Clyde Canal, which was completed in 1790, also has a branch into the centre of Glasgow. The Union Canal, completed in 1822, runs west from Edinburgh to join the Forth & Clyde Canal at Falkirk. And it is here at Falkirk that the most exciting feature of both the engineering project and the restored waterways is be situated - the Millennium Wheel.The Millennium Wheel is a 25m-diameter boat lift which will join the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals near the Roman Antonine Wall, at Falkirk. As well as being critical to the restoration of the two canals, the wheel will be a great visitor attraction in its own right. An engineering masterpiece, using state-of-the-art modern mechanical, electronic and hydraulic engineering, it is a spectacular sight as it transports boats and people 25m from the height of the Union Canal down to the Forth & Clyde Canal and vice versa.
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This site has been in existence for more than 10 years and has followed the Falkirk Wheel through all its different phases from an idea on a drawing board to the construction phase and finally to its glorious opening in 2000. The Falkirk Wheel is the focus but there is still more to do to ensure the canal network is truly a 'ribbon of light' once more.