Oxford Canal

Start date: January 27, 2022
End date: April 15, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Planned Stoppages

Bridge 233, Wolvercote Lift Bridge, just south of Dukes Cut
Starts At: Lock 44, Dukes Lock
Ends At: Bridge 233, Wolvercote Lift Bridge
Up Stream Winding Hole: Thrupp Wide, by Bridge 221.
Down Stream Winding Hole: Bridge 243, Isis Lock

Update on 22/03/2022:

Extension of Stoppage for Bridge 233 South Oxford Canal

Following the recent storms and significant rain, the site at Bridge 233 has suffered severe flooding. Consequently, this means the planned site works have needed to be suspended for 19 working days to respond to the immediate aftermath and challenges on site.  Although the circumstances were beyond our control, and we understand the impact the extension will have on boaters’ plans. We can confirm that following reinstallation of the dams and increased over pumping (with approx. 450l/s of pumping now available) works on site have restarted and are progressing well.

An extensive programme review has been undertaken with the contractor. Works to complete the maintenance required below water level on the site is ongoing and due to be completed on Thursday 14th April 2022. Whilst this work should allow the re-opening of the canal, some works will continue after this which may require additional short restrictions. In the event these are required we will publish specific notices with timed closures, which we should be able to limit to maximum delays of several hours to minimise further disruption to navigation.   Please be assured that, if possible, we will endeavour to improve further on the date for re-opening.

In the meantime, the diversion for boats wishing to visit central Oxford will be via Lock 44A Dukes Cut Lock, Dukes Cut to the River Thames through King’s and Godstow Locks, then through Sheepwash Channel to Isis Lock. Total distance 4 miles and 4 locks.  Please note that the published opening times for the River Thames Locks as follows: –

March 9:15am to 1pm      2pm to 4pm

April 9am to 1pm              2pm to 5pm

If your boat does not have a Gold Licence, please contact Enquiries Enquiries.londonsoutheast@canalrivertrust.org.uk who will be able to provide you with documentation to allow you to navigate this section of The Thames

For craft not wishing to Navigate the Thames but wishing to visit Oxford, there are visitor moorings at Thrupp and the S4 Bus runs hourly from the Junction on Canal Road and the Banbury Road directly into Oxford.  We will update this notice with relevant information if and when there are any changes that further affect boating customers.

Update on 16/03/2022:

Extension of Stoppage for Bridge 233 South Oxford Canal

Following the recent storms and significant rain, the site at Bridge 233 has suffered severe flooding. Consequently, this means the planned site works have needed to be suspended for 19 working days to respond to the immediate aftermath and challenges on site.  Although the circumstances were beyond our control, and we understand the impact the extension will have on boaters’ plans. We can confirm that following reinstallation of the dams and increased over pumping (with approx. 450l/s of pumping now available) works on site have restarted and are progressing well.

An extensive programme review has been undertaken with the contractor. Works to complete the maintenance required below water level on the site is ongoing and due to be completed on Thursday 14th April 2022. Whilst this work should allow the re-opening of the canal, some works will continue after this which may require additional short restrictions. In the event these are required we will publish specific notices with timed closures, which we should be able to limit to maximum delays of several hours to minimise further disruption to navigation.   Please be assured that, if possible, we will endeavour to improve further on the date for re-opening.

In the meantime, the diversion for boats wishing to visit central Oxford will be via Lock 44A Dukes Cut Lock, Dukes Cut to the River Thames through King’s and Godstow Locks, then through Sheepwash Channel to Isis Lock. Total distance 4 miles and 4 locks.  Please note that the published opening times for the River Thames Locks as follows: –

March 9:15am to 1pm      2pm to 4pm

April 9am to 1pm              2pm to 5pm

If your boat does not have a Gold Licence, please contact Enquiries Enquiries.londonsoutheast@canalrivertrust.org.uk who will be able to provide you with documentation to allow you to navigate this section of The Thames

For craft not wishing to Navigate the Thames but wishing to visit Oxford, there are visitor moorings at Thrupp and the S4 Bus runs hourly from the Junction on Canal Road and the Banbury Road directly into Oxford.  We will update this notice with relevant information if and when there are any changes that further affect boating customers.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 31 January until 4pm Friday 18 March 2022)

The Trust would like to undertake the refurbishment of Bridge 233 at Wolvercote in the coming weeks (31st Jan to 18 March 22). This is part of the continuing Oxford Lift Bridge programme, where we are refurbishing one bridge per year on the Oxford Canal. This work was initially planned for last winter, but we had a prolonged period of wet weather during January and February in 2021 resulting in the site being flooded for an extended period. 

Unfortunately, the project was not initially included in the stoppage consultation and has been added in the past few days. The proposed stoppage dates for the works to Bridge 233 are from the 31st Jan to 18th March 2022, which is short notice. Our sincere apologies for the late notice and disruption it will cause. It is an important refurbishment of this listed structure.

The South Oxford Canal is truncated by the stoppage as part of the Winter Works Process at bridge 219 which is currently on site and running to 11th March 2022.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank those that have helped us accommodate these works at very short notice.