Stoppages & Restrictions

Towpath Talk and Mortons Media Group Ltd. is not responsible for any of the information held on this page. Please confirm any stoppages and restrictions with individual waterways prior to travelling:

For Canal & River Trust: canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

Winter stoppages 2016-2017 : https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/winter

CRT Enquiries: 03030 404040 unless indicated otherwise

For River Thames: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/135254.aspx

For Avon Navigation Trust: www.avonnavigationtrust.org

For Bridgewater Canal Company:http://www.bridgewatercanal.co.uk/boating/stoppages/default.aspx

Last update: 24 March 2017

THIS PAGE WILL NEXT BE UPDATED:  27 March 2017

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River Severn Navigation: Upper Lode Lock Ends At: Lock 5 Diglis (Small)

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (1.15pm Friday 24 March 2017 until further notice) Please be advised that the River Severn is currently closed between the bottom gates of Upperlode Lock and the bottom gates of Diglis Lock due to high water levels.

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Trent & Mersey Canal: Near Stenson Marina

ADVICE (Friday 24 March 2017 until further notice) CRT have been made aware of unauthorised third party works near Stensons Marina. Its engineers will address this issue but in the meantime, boaters are asked to take care when passing this location.

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Wyrley & Essington Canal: Aqueduct 3 (Railway), Pratts Mill
Update on 24/03/2017: Works have now progressed sufficiently and the Canal has re-opened

The towpath will remain closed until Friday 7th April, so this notice has been changed to Towpath Closure only

To clarify – the Canal Navigation has now re-opened

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Kennet & Avon Canal: Workshop, Dundas

Update on 24/03/2017: The Elsan point at Dundas is not working.  Contractors have been notified and will be on site as soon as possible.

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Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line: Lock 1, Leeds Lock Ends At: Lock 11, Ferrybridge Flood Lock

Update on 24/03/2017: The river levels have now fallen and CRT are in the process of opening up the flood gates.

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Calder & Hebble Navigation: Lock 13, Anchor Pit Flood Lock Ends At: Lock 28, Fall Ing

Update on 24/03/2017: The river levels have now fallen and CRT are opening up the flood locks.

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Wyrley & Essington Canal: Starts At: Pinfold Bridge (Lichfield Road) Ends At: Pinfold Bridge (Lichfield Road)
Up Stream Winding Hole: Adjacent to Horseley Fields Junction Bridge
Down Stream Winding Hole: Basin Junction between Knights bridge and Lane Head bridge

Update on 24/03/2017: Due to some issues with this City of Wolverhampton Council (CWC) project CRT regret to announce that the canal will not reopen on 31st March as originally planned. The canal is due to reopen on  Saturday 27th May 2017 @ 8am, however CRT is working with CWC to see if this date can be brought forward. Should you suffer a direct financial loss as a result of this extended stoppage please forward the details to CRT enquiries West Midlands email address and they will take it up on your behalf with CWC.

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Kennet & Avon Canal: Lock 7, Bath Bottom Lock Ends At: Lock 1, Hanham Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Bath Top Lock Winding Hole (50ft); Bath 72 Foot Winding Hole nr Darlington Wharf

Update on 24/03/2017: River flows are falling between Bath Bottom Lock 7 and Hanham Lock 1. However, they are still higher than normal and the reach is now designated Amber – Caution. Only navigate if you are experienced and your journey is essential, and take extra care.

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Upper Trent: Cranfleet Flood Gates

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (Thursday 23 March 2017 until further notice) Due to the Upper Trent going into flood, CRT have had to close Cranfleet Flood Gates and so the navigation is closed until further notice.

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River Stort: Lock 14, Brick Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: North of Bridge 5, Stort Navigation
Down Stream Winding Hole: Entrance to Roydon Mill Marina

Update on 23/03/2017: Brick Lock (Lock 14) on the River Stort has been closed since 4 January for a reconstruction of the chamber wall. This has not been going as smoothly as planned. The wall that CRT are replacing was not constructed as anticipated and much more had to be removed. This then uncovered issues with the foundations and they have had to re-design our solution in response to these factors.

The team is working 7 days a week to re-open the navigation but the works will not now be complete until May.

CRT appreciate that this delay risks considerable inconvenience to some boaters and that there are many who planned to attend the IWA Canalway Cavalcade (https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/10087/iwa-canalway-cavalcade-2017-little-venice-paddington-arm). Therefore, there will be a limited opening of the lock over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (14 to 17 April).

All boats that wish to pass should contact  (enquiries.london@canalrivertrust.org.uk, 0303 040 4040) and CRT will put together a timetable that will be published on 10 April.

To be included in this, they will need to hear from you by 5pm on Friday 7 April. Please let them know:

  • Your name
  • Your mobile number
  • Your email address
  • Your boat’s name
  • Your index number
  • Your direction of travel. (Are you going down to the Lee or up towards Bishop’s Stortford?)
  • Your boat width and length
  • Are there any dates or times over the Easter Weekend (Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April) that you would not be able to make?

If CRT confirm to you that you have a booked slot, please make every effort to be there on time.

This limited opening of the lock over the Easter weekend will mean that the works will be delayed by one day and the lock will re-open now on 2 May.

Mooring suspension: Towpath mooring on both sides of the lock will be suspended to facilitate these boat movements. Please see local signs and do not moor here if you are not booked to use the lock.

 

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Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal: Bridge 74, Saron Bridge Ends At: Bridge 75, Jenkin Rosser
Update on 23/03/2017: Teams have completed works ahead of programme and this Canal has now re-opened.

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Oxford Canal: Lock 41, Shipton Lock

Update on 23/03/2017: Due to unexpected issues with our supply chain, the work to repair the lock gates has been delayed.  Our local team and Contractors have been working together to recover the lost time, however we need to extend the stoppage until 4pm om Saturday 25 March to enable the works to be completed.

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Wakefield Branch (Aire & Calder Navigation): Sanitary Station, Ramsdens Swing Bridge

ADVICE (8am Wednesday 22 March until 6pm Sunday 26 March 2017) Following the discovery of a leak into the basement of Ramsdens Bridge customer services, the Gents shower is needing to be refurbished to attend to the matter.

To this end, the Gents shower is currently out of action whilst a contractor works to repair this.

 All other services within the services will remain open throughout the period of works and the ladies shower area should be used on a unisex basis throughout. Should customers prefer, a chaperone system can be used during this time.

Works on the Gents shower are envisaged to be concluded by the end this week with full use of afterwards.

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Kennet & Avon Canal: Bridge 23, Tyle Mill Swingbridge
Up Stream Winding Hole: Tyle Mill 72ft
Down Stream Winding Hole: Sulhamstead 72ft

Update on 22/03/2017: Engineers have completed their work, and Tyle Mill Swingbridge is now fully operational.

Update on 22/03/2017: Engineers are now on site. The navigation is open with delays of up to an hour whilst repairs are undertaken.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (3.15pm Tuesday 21 March 2017 until further notice) Tyle Mill Swingbridge will be shut from 3.30pm this afternoon due to an electrical fault.

Contractors will be on site tomorrow morning at 8.30am to carry out repairs.

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River Soar: Lock 45 – Birstall Lock

Update on 22/03/2017: CRT have been able to complete the works at Birstall Lock ahead of the planned schedule and the lock is now open.

They estimate that further, more extensive works will be required to the lock floor and lock gates in approximately five years, which will be planned in accordingly.

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Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal: Lock 15 Rocky Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Bratch Winding Hole, down stream of Bratch locks flight
Down Stream Winding Hole: Stourton Junction, Junction between Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal and the Stourbridge Canal

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (12.30pm Tuesday 21 March until Tuesday 28 March 2017) Following the collapse of a section of the by-wash culvert associated with this lock, it is necessary to close the navigation and towpath for the duration of the works to repair the defect.

Unfortunately due to the location of the collapse and the need to stabilise the edges of the void, it is necessary to extend the sides of the excavation back towards the quadrant. This requires the towpath to be closed. It is also necessary to lower the water level within this pound below the lock until the repair has been completed.

Consequently the navigation will also need to closed while these works are undertaken.

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 Upper Trent: Cranfleet Flood Gates

Update on 22/03/2017: The Upper Trent is now out of flood and CRT have re-opened Cranfleet Flood Gates.

Boaters are now able to travel along the navigation.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (Tuesday 21 March 2017 until further notice) Due to the Upper Trent going into flood, CRT have had to close Cranfleet Flood Gates and so the navigation is closed until further notice.

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Worcester & Birmingham Canal: Lock 9, Blackpole Ends At: Lock 10, Tolladine

RESTRICTION (8am-5pm Tuesday 21 March 2017) Please be advised that there is low water between Lock 9 and Lock 10 on the Worcester Birmingham Canal due to vandalism.

The Trust are working to refill the canal as soon as possible.

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River Trent: Lock 10, Stoke Lock

Update on 21/03/2017: These works have been successfully completed ahead of schedule.

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River Soar: Down from Moor Lane Bridge

Update on 21/03/2017: The tree has now been removed and the navigation has been re opened.

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Droitwich Junction Canal:  Bridge 4, M5 Turnover Bridge

ADVICE (4pm Monday 20 March 2017 until further notice) Please be aware that the Low Headroom Warning sign is currently missing from the eastern side (Junction side) of the M5 Tunnel due to vandalism.

The Trust are working hard to source a replacement but in the meantime asks customer to be aware of the low headroom.

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River Ouse: Naburn Large Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (2pm Monday 20 March 2017 until further notice) Due to the current high river levels passage through Naburn Lock is not possible.

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal): Bridge 55 Ends At: Bridge 56, Morton’s Bridge

Update on 20/03/2017: Please be advised the tree has now been cleared between Bridges 55-56 Leicester Line, Grand Union Canal. The canal is navigable and the towpath accessible.

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Nottingham & Beeston Canal: Meadow Lane -CSF

ADVICE (12.30pm Sunday 19 March 2017 until further notice) CRT have to advise of the closure of Meadow Lane CSF, due vandalism of the facility.

The CSF will be closed until further notice.

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Wakefield Branch (Aire & Calder Navigation): Lock 1, Broadreach Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Saturday 18 March 2017 until further notice) Due to high river levels the flood gates are closed.

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal): Bridge 55 Ends At: Bridge 56, Morton’s Bridge

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (1pm Friday 17 March 2017 until further notice) Please be advised that a tree from the offside has fallen between bridge 55 and Bridge 56 Leicester Line which is blocking the navigation and towpath

CRT have instructed contractors to attend site to clear the tree.

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Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line: Leeds Sanitary Station

ADVICE (2pm Thursday 16 March 2017 until further notice) Due to vandalism in the gents toilet area and showers  this area of the sanitary station is closed and is currently under repair.

The remaining areas, (the ladies and disabled facilities) are still available and open to use.

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Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal: Lock 15 Rocky Lock

ADVICE (12.30pm Thursday 16 March 2017 until further notice) A collapsed culvert, near to the bottom gates of the Rocky lock, has restricted the towpath width. The towpath is still open, but please aware and exercise caution when passing the fence surrounding the hole.

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Chesterfield Canal: Lock 38, Turnerwood Feeder Lock Ends At: Lock 37, Turnerwood Bottom Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Thorpe winding hole, above Lock 20
Down Stream Winding Hole: Ajacent to bridge 41a

Update on 16/03/2017: Due to additional works identified during the current stoppage, CRT are taking the opportunity to undertake repairs whilst the lock remains de-watered. As a result the stoppage will be extended until 08:00hrs Wednesday 22nd March 2017, to complete these additional works.

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Oxford Canal: Lock 41, Shipton Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (9am Wednesday 15 March until 4pm Friday 24 March 2017) Please be advised Shipton Lock 41 on the Oxford Canal will be closed to navigation from 9am Wednesday 15th March until 4pm Friday 24th March.

This is to allow emergency lock gate repairs to be carried out.

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River Ouse: Selby Bypass Swingbridge

ADVICE (4pm Tuesday 14 March 2017 until further notice) Canal & River Trust have been informed by North Yorkshire Council that the A63 Selby Bypass swing bridge is presently unable to swing due to a hydraulic fault. Repairs are under way but may take up to two weeks to complete.

Vessels that do not require a swing will be unaffected and can pass the bridge as normal. For details of available head room skippers should contact the bridge keepers on 01609 536854 or 01757 703692.

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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal: Sharpness Port including the Low and High level bridges

Update on 14/03/2017: Please be advised these works are being rescheduled for April 2017.

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 Rochdale Canal: Lock 41 Ends At: Lock 42

Update on 10/03/2017: Due to the emergency works required to the wash wall, CRT need to take down a section of the wall, excavate the area below and seal the leakage by putting in a new footing and then re-building the wall.

The location means that machinery will need to be lifted into the drained pound to enable the repairs to be made.

This will include the towpath needing to be closed between locks 41 and lock 42.

The works are planned to start early next week and the works will be completed by the 24th March.

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River Severn Navigation: Lock 9 Lincomb Lock Ends At: Lock 2 Gloucester Lock

Update on 10/03/2017: Please be advised that the River Severn is now open from the North of Upperlode Lock to Lincomb Lock.

The south of Upperlode Lock to Gloucester Lock remains closed.

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Oxford Canal/Rugby Arm: Intersection of: Bridge 58, Masters Bridge to Bridge 58, Masters Bridge on Oxford Canal and Bridge 58A, Bell & Barge Bridge to Bridge 58A, Bell & Barge Bridge on Rugby Arm (Oxford Canal)

Update on 10/03/2017: The original works have had to start later than originally planned, so this will result in the towpath being shut until later in the year. CRT have also managed to increase the amount of works they are doing in the area, to now also include repairs and improvements to the access steps at Old Leicester Road Aqueduct.

There will be no mooring available in this area during the works. The canal will be open to navigation.

There is a suggested towpath diversion and a map will be displayed at each end of the towpath closure.

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Oxford Canal: Lock 41, Shipton Lock

ADVICE (1.30pm Thursday 9 March 2017 until further notice) Please be advised the lock gates at Shipton Lock 41 on the Oxford Canal have become difficult to operate. This is due to damage to the cill on the bottom gate.

Repairs are being planned to take place as soon as possible.

If you require assistance operating the lock please contact customer services on 0303 040 4040 Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30am – 6:30pm.

If you require assistance outside of these hours please call 0800 47 999 47.

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Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal: Kinver CSF

ADVICE (11am Thursday 9 March 2017 until further notice) Due to a water leak inside the Customer Service Facility the elsan and pumpout at this location will be unavailable while maintenance work is carried out to rectify the damage.

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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal: Culvert 2A, Royal Drift Ends At: Culvert 3-Cambridge Arm

ADVICE (8am Wednesday 8 March until 5pm Friday 24 March 2017) Please be advised that dredging is being carried out on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal between Cambridge Arms Bridge and the confluence with the River Cam.  The dredgings are being used to backfill piling on the tow path side between Patch Bridge and Purton and to raise the off-side bank where appropriate.

The navigation and towpath remain fully open though boaters may incur short delays up to a maximum of half an hour.

Please pass with care and follow the instructions of the staff on site.

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Rochdale Canal: Lock 9, Blackpit Hebden Bridge

Update on 08/03/2017: CRT contractors have been delayed with completing the works here, and have confirmed that the lock will be back open tomorrow, 9th March.

Whilst the works are completed, the water level in the area may drop temporarily, which they will work to resolve as soon as possible.

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Worcester & Birmingham Canal: Starts At: Lock 4, Blockhouse Ends At: Lock 5, Gregorys Mill
Up Stream Winding Hole: Bilford
Down Stream Winding Hole: Diglis Basin

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (10.45am Tuesday 7 March 2017 until further notice) Please be aware that the canal and towpath are closed between Lock 4, Blockhouse and Lock 5, Gregory’s Mill, this is due to a police incident.

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River Stort: Lock 14, Brick Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: North of Bridge 5, Stort Navigation
Down Stream Winding Hole: Entrance to Roydon Mill Marina

Update on 07/03/2017: Brick Lock (Lock 14) on the River Stort has been closed since 4 January for a reconstruction of the chamber wall. This has not been going as smoothly as planned. The wall that CRT are replacing was not constructed as anticipated and much more had to be removed. This then uncovered issues with the foundations and they have had to re-design our solution in response to these factors.

The team is working 7 days a week to re-open the navigation but the works will not now be complete until 1 May 2017.

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Bridgwater & Taunton Canal: Bridge 9, Crossways Swingbridge Ends At: Bridge 12, Huntworth

ADVICE (8am Monday 6 March until 5pm Friday 31 March 2017) Environment Agency contractors will be removing silt from the watercourse which runs adjacent to the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal in Huntworth, Somerset.  The silt removal is part of the wider flood risk management programme.

The towpath will be open but with managed restrictions to enable the works to be carried out safely.

The canal navigation will be open and remains unaffected by the works.

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Trent & Mersey Canal: Bridge 91, Brassworks Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 92, Andre Mills Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 6 March until 5pm Friday 24 March 2017) Contractors Amey are working on behalf of Staffordshire County Council to improve The National Cycle Network 5 on the Trent & Mersey Canal around Stone.

They are investing £200k of the Councils capital programme into the works, and will be renewing the towpath surface between Bridge 90-95. The work will also include some minor bank protection works in the area.

These follow £500k of works undertaken previously from Medford to Barlaston. The overall aim is to eventually complete the section between Stone and Meaford to link Stoke to Stone.

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River Severn Navigation: Diglis Wharf – L7 Mooring

Update on 06/03/2017: The pontoon is now floating again but needs to be inspected by Engineers and may require some repairs prior to use.

Please continue to stay clear for the time being.

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South Stratford Canal: Lock 42 Ends At: Lock 51
Up Stream Winding Hole: Turning Point, North of Bridge 59, Featherbed Lane
Down Stream Winding Hole: Bancroft Basin

Update on 03/03/2017: Following the failed waterway wall below Lock 42 a team is mobilising to undertake repair works and re-water the canal as a matter of urgency

The date of this this stoppage needs to be extended from 17th March to 31st March in order to carry out these essential repairs.

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Droitwich Barge Canal: Lock 1, Hawford Bottom

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (Thursday 2 March 2017 until further notice) Please be aware that the Canal is currently closed at Lock 1, at the junction with the River Severn, due to high water levels & strong stream on the River.

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Rochdale Canal: Lock 41 Ends At: Lock 40, Punchbowl

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (Wednesday 1 March 2017 16:00 until further notice) The canal is currently closed between locks 41 and 40 on the Rochdale canal due to a hole appearing in the bed of the canal.

 


 

Nottingham & Beeston Canal: Lock 5 – Beeston Lock

ADVICE (Wednesday 1 March 2017 until further notice) Due to unexpected damage in the shower block at Beeston, CRT have had to close them until further notice.

They are working to have the problem fixed as quickly as possible.

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Weaver Navigation: Church Cut Bridge Ends At: Red Lion Visitor Moorings

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8.30am Wednesday 1 March 2017 until further notice) Due to high water levels the river is CLOSED until further notice.

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River Trent: Lock 8, Holme Lock

ADVICE (Tuesday 28 February 2017 until further notice) Due to the recent storm, the traffic lights at Holme Lock have been badly damaged. CRT have made them safe and are working to have them fixed as quickly as possible.

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 Rochdale Canal: Luddenden Foot
Up Stream Winding Hole: Between bridge 14 and lock 7
Down Stream Winding Hole: Between bridge 1a and Tule Lane

Update on 28/02/2017: CRT have become aware that the date originally posted for the completion of this section of the towpath improvement scheme was mistaken.  The notice states that navigation in the first locks will reopen today, unfortunately that will not be possible.

CRT are working closely with its contractors to establish a revised date for re-opening this section and want to honour the spirit of the original notice as far as possible but this is going to require some reprogramming of the works.

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal: Lock 21 West Ends At: Lock 22 West

Update on 27/02/2017: CRT have started work repairing the wash wall that was damaged during the flooding before Christmas.  The extent of the work required has been found to be much more than originally thought and it is now clear that in order to complete the repair to the wall the work will need to carry on past the originally planned completion date.  CRT now expect the work to be completed by the end of March.

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Erewash Canal: Lock 70 – Barkers Lock

ADVICE (Friday 24 February 2017 until further notice) A tree has come down in the navigation 400 yards below Barkers Lock.

Boaters may experience some difficulties getting past, but contactors are working to have it removed as quickly as possible.

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Oxford Canal: Bridge 59, Boughton Road

RESTRICTION (4.30pm Thursday 23 February 2017 until further notice) Please be advised that a tree has fallen partially blocking navigation

CRT have instructed contractors to attend site to clear the tree.

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Trent & Mersey Canal: Mill Lane Bridge 74

TOWPATH CLOSURE (3pm Thursday 23 February 2017 until further notice) A large tree has fallen onto the towpath at Bridge 74 on the Trent & Mersey Canal .

Contractors have been informed and until the tree has been removed the towpath will remain closed.

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Trent & Mersey Canal: Bridge 212, Eatons Bridge

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (11.30am Thursday 23 February 2017 until further notice) A large tree has fallen blocking the towpath and canal  near to Bridge 212 on the Trent & Mersey . contractors have been informed.

While the tree is being removed the canal is closed to navigation.

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Calder & Hebble Navigation: Bridge 2, Elland Ends At: Bridge 16, Crowther
Up Stream Winding Hole: Downstrean of Lock 5 Woodside Mills
Down Stream Winding Hole: Downstream of Brookfoot Bridge

Update on 23/02/2017: Note: Work at Elland Bridge will be completed by 10/03/2017. Work at Crowther Bridge has been delayed due to unexpected ground conditions and difficulties in installing foundation piles. As a result of this the programme of works has been revised as additional time will be required to complete foundations and construction of washwall and towpath. The stoppage has been extended by one week, now due to finish on 17/3/17.

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South Stratford Canal: Lock 43 Ends At: Bridge 60, Canada Bridge

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Wednesday 22 February 2017 until further notice) The towpath has collapsed into the canal making it impassable to users.

Please follow the short diversion show on the maps onsite.

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Wyrley & Essington Canal: Pinfold Bridge (Lichfield Road)
Up Stream Winding Hole: Adjacent to Horseley Fields Junction Bridge
Down Stream Winding Hole: Basin Junction between Knights bridge and Lane Head bridge

Update on 22/02/2017: Due to unforeseen circumstances affecting the repair work being undertaken by the City of Wolverhampton at Pinfold Bridge, it will not now be possible to open the canal under the bridge during weekends in March as originally planned. The canal is due to reopen on the 31st March 2017, however CRT is working with the City of Wolverhampton to see if this date can be brought forward.

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Wyrley & Essington Canal: Aqueduct 3 (Railway), Pratts Mill
Up Stream Winding Hole: Junction with Walsall Canal, adjacent to Green Lane Bridge
Down Stream Winding Hole: Junction with Cannock Extension Canal, adjacent to Pelsall Junction Bridge

Update on 24/02/2017: Due to ongoing works being undertaken by Network Rail at Pratts Mill Aqueduct CRT have to extend the stoppage until 31 March 2017.

Update on 22/02/2017: Due to ongoing works being undertaken by Network Rail at Pratts Mill Aqueduct CRT have to extend the stoppage. Best estimate is 28th February 2017.

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Ashton Canal: Bridge 21, Lumb Lane Bridge
Up Stream Winding Hole: Winding Hole – Lumb Lane
Down Stream Winding Hole: Fairfield Junction, Above Lock 18

Update on 21/02/2017: Lumb Lane Bridge has now been mostly blasted and a priming coat of paint applied.  Unfortunately once all the old paint and rust was removed the number of expected steel repairs has far exceeded what was expected.  There are more than 70 additional repairs, mostly small but they all need repairing before the bridge can be fully repainted.  These repairs could take up to two weeks to carry out but already the repair plates and steel sections are on site and work has commenced to preserve this structure into the future.

CRT anticipate these repairs to be completed by 17th March 2017.

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River Witham: Boston Lock – CSF

ADVICE (Monday 20 February 2017 until further notice) Due to some unexpected maintenance issues, CRT have had to temporarily close Boston showers.

Contractors are working to have the showers open as soon as possible.

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Avon Navigation: Tewkesbury Reach

WARNING (until further notice)

The Environment Agency (EA) is continuing major works on Abbey Mill Sluice. To achieve this they are to vary water levels with a reduction of the water level on the Tewkesbury Reach to 9.5m AOD.

This is a reduction of 0.13m (5.2 inches) below the minimum level (Summer Level) of 9.63m AOD.

Moored Boats should ensure their lines are slack enough to
accommodate this reduction and are moored in deep water.

Boats on the move should take care, especially exiting Stensham
Lock, when navigating in shallow areas and when near Stanchard
Pit due to high water flow through the sluice.

For further information contact the EA on 0800 807060

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South Stratford Canal: Lock 42 Ends At: Lock 51
Up Stream Winding Hole: Turning Point, North of Bridge 59, Featherbed Lane
Down Stream Winding Hole: Bancroft Basin

Update on 17/02/2017: The navigation will be physically closed and dewatered at Bishopton Lane Bridge 63 to enable waterway wall repairs to the bridge hole within the advertised stoppage period:

(Monday 13 February until Friday 17 March 2017)

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Regent’s Canal/Hertford Union Canal: Intersection of: Bridge 54A, Over Hertford Union to Bridge 54A, Over Hertford Union on Regent’s Canal and Bridge 4, Gunmakers Lane Bridge to Bridge 4, Gunmakers Lane Bridge on Hertford Union Canal

Update on 14/02/2017: Demolition and construction works at Bow Wharf have seen the towpath closed where the Hertford Union Canal meets the Regent’s Canal.

This work is behind schedule and there has been a delay in getting the power cables in the towpath connected. This diversion will therefore be extended until July 7, 2017 at the latest, but we hope it will open earlier.

There are signs directing pedestrians and cyclists to leave the towpath and to use Wennington Road and Wennington Green if they wish to move between these waterways. A further option would be to take routes through Victoria Park.

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal: Lock 29 East Ends At: Lock 28 East

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (3pm Monday 13 February 2017 until further notice)

A section of retaining wall between lock 29E and 28E has failed leaving unsupported stone work above the navigational channel.

The navigation between Locks 28E and 29E is currently closed and Engineers are carrying out assessments of the issues.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal: Lock 75, Lock 11

RESTRICTION (10am Friday 10 February 2017 until further notice) Please be advised that it has been necessary to restrict the width of the Wigan flight due a problem with Lock 75

The affected gate is the towpath side tail gate

Canal & River Trust have locked this gate closed until our engineering team can investigate the problem further.

Narrow boats will be able to gain access through the area but Wide beams boats will not.

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Paddington Arm (Grand Union Canal): Paddington Basin

ADVICE (2pm Thursday 9 February 2017 until further notice) An exclusion has been put around the building called ‘The Point’ which is at the entrance to Paddington Basin. This is due to a degradation in the building’s facade and the risk of objects falling from a height. Mooring close to this building is suspended from 9 February 2017 and until further notice. Please see local signs.

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Dudley Tunnel Branch: Water Point, Black Country Museum

ADVICE (1pm Thursday 9 February 2017 until further notice) Unfortunately, the pump out is out of order until further notice.

The nearest pump out from Black Country Museum is at Ocker Hill.

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Lee Navigation: Sanitary Station, Old Ford Lock

ADVICE (9am Thursday 9 February 2017 until further notice) The Customer Service Facilities at Old Ford on the Lee Navigation have suffered considerable vandalism and are closed. CRT are refitting and will re-open very soon.

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Droitwich Barge Canal: Lock 3, Mildenham Mill

RESTRICTION (11.30am Thursday 2 February 2017 until further notice) Please be advised there is a fallen tree near Lock 3 on the Droitwich Barge Canal which is partially blocking navigation.

The Trust are working to remove the tree as soon as possible. Please can boaters proceed with caution.

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Trent & Mersey Canal: Bridge 34, Branston Road Bridge

RESTRICTION (8am Thursday 2 February until Friday 2 June 2017) CLM Contractors on behalf of Amey are continuing to install the new bridge over the Trent & Mersey Canal. In order to successfully complete the works, they now require boats within the navigation to assist with the works. This means that the navigation will be temporarily restricted to single traffic under the new bridge.

The towpath & navigation will remain open although short delays may be encountered during the lifts. Banksman and signage will be present to safely manage members of the public and canal traffic during the works.

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Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations: Eastwood Mooring Basin

ADVICE (10am Wednesday 1 February 2017 until further notice) Can all skippers please be aware that there is a sunken boat in the offline mooring area at the top side of Eastwood Lock.

Please take extra care in this area until it is removed.

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Kennet & Avon Canal: Lock 95, Aldermaston Lock

Update on 31/01/2017: The refurbishment of Aldermaston Sanitary Station will be completed in February and the site will be re-opened on 1st March 2017.

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River Witham: Lock 4, Boston Lock

ADVICE (Friday 27 January 2017 until further notice) The CCTV which the lock keeper relies on to see on coming boat traffic, is temporarily out of action.

Boaters are asked to use their radios in advance of approaching the lock, to give the lock keeper chance to operate the lock accordingly.

It is aimed to have the CCTV fixed as soon as possible.

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal: Lock 21 West Ends At: Lock 22 West

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (7am Wednesday 25 January until 5pm Friday 17 March 2017) In order to prepare for emergency repair works in Uppermill from the middle of February, it’s necessary to draw down the canal for the next few days for inspection.  This is in advance of the works required to repair the wash wall damaged in the recent flooding.

CRT want to start the draw down of the canal tomorrow (25th January) and it is likely to be low and unnavigable until next Monday. If you are likely to be affected and have concerns about this, please contact the offices at Red Bull.

The work to undertake the repairs is expected to start in mid February with the intention of being completed by 17th March.  The canal will be closed in Uppermill during this time.

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal): Lock 22 – Cranes Lock/Lock 27 – Turnover Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Saddington Winding Hole.
Down Stream Winding Hole: Kilby Bridge Lock Winding Hole.

Update on 25/01/2017: Please be aware that extra works will also be carried out at Lock 26 (Bottom Half Mile) during the existing stoppages for Locks 22 and 27.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (7am Monday 23 January until 5pm Friday 3 February, 2017) To refit the top gates.

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Old Main Line: Lock 21, Wolverhampton Ends At: Lock 1, Top Lock, Wolverhampton/Lock 1, Top Lock, Wolverhampton Ends At:  Lock 7, Wolverhampton/ Lock 9 Wolverhampton
Up Stream Winding Hole: Carvers Arm Winding Hole, Broad Street
Down Stream Winding Hole: Staffordshire & Worcestershire Junction

Update on 25/01/2017: This stoppage has been extended in order to undertake additional masonry repairs.

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Kennet & Avon Canal: Lock 15, Semington Lock Ends At: Lock 16, Harris Lock
Update on 23/01/2017: The grouting works at Locks 15 (Semington) and 16 (Harris) are now finished and the canal has been re-opened to navigation between these two locks.

Contractors have some minor works to complete so please pass with care.

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Grand Union Canal: Bridge 162, Blue Brick Bridge/Bridge 162B, Sparrows Hearne

Update on 23/01/2017:

The golf cart by bridge 162 has now been removed and navigation has been re-opened. The golf cart by bridge 162b, towpath side is restricting the navigation but is passable with care.

Please be advised that CRT are working with the owner of this golf buggy to have it removed as soon as possible.

Update on 23/01/2017: The golf cart by bridge 162 has been removed and navigation re-opened. CRT are working with the owner of the other cart by bridge 162b to have this one removed

Update on 23/01/2017: CRT have been made aware that there are two stolen golf carts that have been abandoned in the navigation by bridge 162 and bridge 162b

Update on 23/01/17: CRT are working with the owner of this golf buggy to have the buggy removed as soon as possible.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (9.30am Sunday 22 January 2017 until further notice) A stolen golf cart has been abandoned in the bridge hole of bridge 162.

Navigation through the bridge hole is not possible at this time. Access for recovery equipment to this site is limited.

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Droitwich Junction Canal: Bridge 4, M5 Turnover Bridge

ADVICE (8am Wednesday 18 January 2017 until further notice) Please be aware that the Low Headroom Warning sign is currently missing from the eastern side (Junction side) of the M5 Tunnel due to vandalism.

The Trust are working hard to source a replacement but in the meantime asks customers to be aware of the low headroom.

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 Oxford Canal: Bridge 42A (Railway)
Update on 17/01/2017: The canal at Bridge 42A (Railway), Oxford Canal, is now open for navigation.   However, Network Rail’s contractors are still on site completing the works, so please pass with care.

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal): Culvert 19a, Park Farm
Up Stream Winding Hole: Between bridges 34 & 36, Leicester Line
Down Stream Winding Hole: Between bridges 28 & 29, Leicester Line

Update on 16/01/2017: These works are being carried out on the Grand Union Leicester Line, between Bridges 32 and 33.

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Lancaster  Canal: Bridge 170, Bridge End Bridge Ends At: Bridge 172, Stainton Crossing Bridge

Update on 13/01/2017:

Please follow this link to view a full update on Stainton Aqueduct

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Trent & Mersey Canal: Preston Brook Tunnel South Portal

Update on 10/01/2017: Works being undertaken by the Bridgewater Canal Company to Vicars Hall Bridge have been delayed and are expected to be completed in June.

For further information please see www.bridgewatercanal.co.uk, or contact them on 0161 629 8200 between 2pm and 4pm Monday to Friday, or by email Bridgewatercanal@peel.co.uk

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Lancaster Canal: Bridge 32, Swillbrook Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (Tuesday 3 January 2017 until further notice) The towpath is currently closed at bridge 32 (Swillbrook Bridge) on the Lancaster Canal following a vehicle strike.  The strike has resulted in some loose coping stones.  We are in the process of assessing the site to ensure that the stones are stable before re-opening the towpath.

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River Soar: Friars Mill Visitor Moorings

RESTRICTION (Thursday 22 December 2016 until further notice) The downstream end of the visitor moorings are closed due to a damaged adjacent third party wall.

Please only use the upstream end of the moorings.

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Regent’s Canal: Bridge 50 (Railway)

ADVICE (12noon Friday 9 December 2016 until further notice) A section of wall on the offside of the Regent’s Canal west of Bridge 50 (Railway) near Broadway Market is at risk of falling into the canal. Urgent repairs are being planned by the highway authority. All boaters are asked to take care and keep to the towpath side.

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Trent & Mersey Canal: Bridge 38, Barton Turn Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (Wednesday 7 December 2016 until further notice) The towpath underneath Bridge 38 is currently closed due to running water causing potential hazards. There is a small diversion in place which takes you over the bridge.

Repair works are scheduled for 2017.

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River Soar: Meadow Farm Marina Online – L6 Mooring Ends At: Bridge 28, Mill Lane

RESTRICTION (Tuesday 6 December 2016 until further notice) Please be advised the previously reported sunken craft outside of Meadows Farm Marina has come adrift in the recent floods and its marked buoys detached.

Please proceed with caution between Meadow Farm Marina & Barrow – Bridge 28.

CRT are currently checking the navigable channel.

 

River Soar: Meadow Farm Marina Offline – L6 Mooring

Update on 06/12/2016: The situation with regards the sunken boat has changed, please see https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/8353/barrow-on-soar for most current details.

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Trent & Mersey Canal: Lock 5, Swarkestone Lock

ADVICE (Thursday 1 December 2016 until further notice) Boaters are asked to proceed with care as a boat has sunk below Swarkestone Lock. CRT are working to move the boat as quickly as possible.

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Aylesbury Arm (Grand Union Canal): Bridge 16

Update on 01/12/2016: CRT have received reports that the towpath erosion is causing some obstructions on the navigation.

Please be aware that they would recommend that that any boats with a 2′ 6″ deep draft avoid navigating through the immediate area.

CRT are arranging for the obstruction to be removed from the canal early next week.

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Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line: Lock 3, Knostrop Lock

RESTRICTION (3pm Friday 25 November 2016 until further notice) Due to the recent flooding a lot of debris has accumulated above Knostrop Lock.

CRT have reopened the navigation but skippers of all craft must take care going through Knostrop with minimal use of propeller on vessels.

To avoid debris being sucked into the sluice and then into the lock please fill the lock slowly with the sluices partially opened.

 

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal: Lock 87 Ends At: Lock 89

Update on 18/11/2016: Further to the stoppage notice issued on Wednesday 16 November 2016, the water levels have now replenished sufficiently and the stoppage will be lifted at 8am tomorrow (19 November 2016).  To prevent any further issues with water loss, CRT will be locking up Locks 88 (Pagefield Lock) to 89 (Ell Meadow Lock) at 3pm daily during the winter months.  The locks will be removed at 8am daily.

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Grantham Canal: Denton Reservoir

ADVICE (Thursday 29 September 2016 until further notice) A suspected bloom of blue-green algae in the water has been reported at Denton Reservoir, which may also affect the Grantham Canal.

Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health effects. Contact with the water or with algal scum can cause skin or eye problems.

It is a sensible precaution for you, your children and your animals to avoid contact with the scum and the water close to it.

Please note the location of the suspected algal bloom may change as a result of wind and water movement.

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