Research from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) claims that the regeneration of canals and rivers in cities around the world can lead to a decrease in mortality rates in nearby areas.

In partnership with Scottish Canals and facilitated by The Data Lab, the university found that mortality rates are lower in urban areas close to canals that have undergone major transformations compared to that of areas further away.

The study focused on the impact of regeneration along the Forth & Clyde Canal in North Glasgow, which the university described as one of Europe’s most deprived areas. Mortality rates of those living nearby to the canal from 2001 to 2017 were analysed in the study, with the findings showing that significant physical and mental wellbeing benefits can be achieved from investing in urban waterways.