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Waggon Way Receives National Recognition

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March 2021

Alloa’s historic Waggon Way has been recognised by the National Transport Trust as a site of significant historical importance.

And to mark the occasion a ‘Red Wheel’ plaque has been installed. The Red Wheel Scheme was created by the National Transport Trust to recognise sites of historical importance to transport heritage in the United Kingdom.

The Waggon Way was built over 200 years ago to transport coal to Alloa Harbour, with ponies pulling waggons with cast-iron wheels along the path. It opened in the 1760s and originally ran from the Earl of Mar’s Sauchie collieries to the docks. Only part of it remains today, running from Bedford Place to Primrose Court, and it is well used by cyclists and pedestrians. 

Environment Spokesperson Cllr Craig Holden said: “The Waggon Way is a reminder of Clackmannanshire’s significant industrial heritage, and I’m pleased to see it receiving this national recognition.”

There are around 120 ‘Red Wheel’ heritage plaques located across the UK.