Regent’s Canal

Start date: September 17, 2019

Est. end if know: September 28, 2019

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 3, Kentish Town Lock

Update on 25/09/2019:

The Lock is now opened.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (3pm Monday 16 September 2019 until further notice)

Following the long period of mainly dry weather, flows of water from the river tributaries that feed the Grand Union Canal remain low.  This is having a direct impact on the water levels on the Paddington Arm, the Regent’s Canal, and the Hertford Union Canal.  Our water management team has also recorded that water is frequently being run through locks, including Hampstead Rd, overnight which is further depleting the water supply.  This means that currently there isn’t enough water in central London for navigation.


We have therefore taken the difficult decision to temporarily close navigation so that water levels can return to normal.


The following locks will be closed from Monday 16 September 2019:


  • Grand Union – Lock 90 Top Lock only.
  • Regent’s – Hampstead Rd Lock 1A and 1B
  • Regent’s – Kentish Town Lock 3
  • Regent’s – Mile End Lock 9
  • Hertford Union – Lock 1


We are monitoring the situation constantly and will reopen the locks as soon as practically possible.  Our aim is to strike a balance between making the waterways as accessible as possible for boaters while mitigating against future risk and we appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time.