Bridgwater & Taunton Canal

Start date: February 5, 2021

Est. end if know: March 27, 2021

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 4, Albert St
Ends At: Bridge 3, West St
Up Stream Winding Hole: Between Bridges 4 and 5
Down Stream Winding Hole: Bridgwater Dock

Update on 22/02/2021:

Our contractors have been unable to mobilise the site to begin work today and the start of the stoppage has been put back until Wednesday 3rd March. However, they have also reviewed their methodology for carrying out the ground investigation works which means they will still be able to re-open the navigation on 12th March as planned.  In addition, the navigation will be open for passage during the weekend of  6th and 7th March.

Please also be aware, for safety reasons, the towpath will be closed between Albert Street and Victoria Road from Wednesday 3rd March until Friday 26th March 2021, during the hours of 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The towpath will be open at the weekend. Please use an alternative route during this towpath closure.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the customer services team on 0303 040 4040 or at

Update on 10/02/2021:

Unfortunately we have encountered some unavoidable delays in preparing for this closure and, as a result, we need to delay the start of the stoppage by one week.

The navigation and towpath will now be closed between 22nd February and 12th March 2021.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 15 February until 4pm Friday 5 March 2021)

A ground investigation is to take place between Albert Street Bridge (Bridge 4) and West Street (Bridge 3), Bridgwater & Taunton Canal.
The ground investigation will consist of drilling boreholes and digging trial pits in the towpath and surrounding area. Holes will also be drilled into the retaining walls on the towpath side and offside.
Therefore, to ensure the safety of pedestrians and boaters, the navigation and towpath will be closed between 15th February and 5th March 2021.