Opening Times

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Last update: 19th October 2018


Chesterfield Canal: Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

OPENING TIMES (until Wednesday 31 October 2018)

15th-21st 10am-6pm

22nd-26th 7am-3pm

27-29th  8am-4pm

30th 9am-5pm

31st 10am-6pm

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Fossdyke Canal:

Lock 1, Torksey Lock

OPENING TIMES (until Wednesday 31 October 2018)

17-19th 11am-7pm
20th 12noon-8pm
21st 7am-12noon and 6-9pm
22nd 7am-1pm and 7-9pm
23rd-24th 7am-3pm
25-26th 8am-4pm
27th 9am-5pm
28-30th 10am-6pm

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River Witham: Lock 4, Boston Lock

OPENING TIMES (until Wednesday 31 October 2018)
Fri 19-Oct 1-2pm and 5-6pm
Sat 20-Oct 1.30-7.30pm
Sun 21-Oct 2-8pm
Mon 22-Oct 2.30-8.30pm
Tue 23-Oct 7.30-8am and 4.30-5pm
Wed 24-Oct 8-9am and 4.30-5.30pm
Thu 25-Oct 8.30-9.30am and 5-6pm
Fri 26-Oct 9-10am and 3.30-6.30pm
Sat-Sun 27-28-Oct 9-10.30am and 3-7.30pm
Mon 29-Oct 10.30-11am and 6.30-7.30pm
Tue 30-Oct 7am-1pm
Wed 31-Oct 7.30am-1.30pm

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Trent & Mersey Canal:

Lock 43, Red Bull Lock

ADVICE (8am Monday 22 October until 5.30pm Friday 26 October 2018)

On Monday 22nd October 2018 the Red Bull Office will be closed for a week to customers due to staff training.

The office will re-open as normal on Monday 29th October 2018 at 8.30am.

The customer facilities will not be affected by this and will remain open.

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Rochdale Canal:

Lock 3/4

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Thursday 18 October until 5pm Monday 5 November 2018)

Opening hours until the 5th November

There will be a Lock keeper present Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday (so no booking is required)

On these days the operating times are first boat 08.30am and last passage  at 4pm

A booking is required Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with 24 hours notice.

On these days the operating times are First boat 08.30am and last passage 3pm.

Please call 0303 0404040 to make your booking

Please do not enter the tunnel (below lock 3) whilst boats are in lock 3.

Locks 1 and 3 will be padlocked outside of the hours specified above.

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Weaver Navigation:

Marsh Lock

Saturday 2 June 2018 12:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Boat damage

Update on 16/10/2018:

Marsh lock has now reopened and is available for restricted passage through one upper gate with a limited maximum boat beam of 5 meters. Passage will be by appointment only, giving 48 hours advanced notice Monday to Friday between 8:30am 3:30pm no weekend passages are available.

All necessary paperwork MUST be in place for the Manchester Ship Canal prior to passage.

Bookings can be made by calling 03030 40 40 40.

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Grand Union Canal:

Starts At: Lock 8
Ends At: Lock 11

RESTRICTION (3pm Monday 1 October 2018 until further notice)

The Met Office declared this summer as being the joint hottest on record, with only 61% of average rainfall received.

As we move into Autumn the weather may be cooler, but we are still feeling the effects of the dry summer. Streams feeding canals are drier than normal, and our reservoirs are lower than usual for this time of year.

 We are reluctantly having to introduce further measures to manage the risk of reservoir running out of water before the start of winter stoppage season.

Lock opening hours are being tightened to further control canal demands. Shorter days of lock operation will also provide the back pumps with more time to transfer water from up from the river’s Tone and Ouse (providing an alternative source of water to our depleted reservoirs).

Even despite recent storms and heavy rainfall our reservoirs in this part of the network are relatively slow to refill. It takes more than a few storms to provide water for a summer of navigation. We will be watching weather patterns develop over the coming autumn and winter months hoping for a positive response in reservoirs over the winter.

As we monitor the impact of storms and periods of wet weather we will continue to review our canal opening hours with a view to keeping disruption to a minimum.

 You can find out more about how we manage our water at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/specialist-teams/managing-our-water

 or contact us Water.Information@canalrivertrust.org.uk

 

We advise boaters not to moor overnight between locks 8 and 11 (water levels may fluctuate overnight). To guarantee passage through the entire flight they should arrive at Lock 8 going downhill and Lock 11 going uphill no later than 2 hours before closing.

 

Opening times for the canal from 1st October:

8am to 5pm

[last entry on the flight 3pm]

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/13986/buckby-locks-8-to-11

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Rochdale Canal:

Starts At: Lock 5, Edward Kilner
Ends At: Lock 13

Update on 10/10/2018:

Due to the increase in rainfall and feeders returning to normal levels, overnight restrictions no longer need to remain in place for the Hebden Bridge area (Locks 5 to 13).

If the current dry weather continues and begins to cause problems we may need to revisit restrictions.

Tuel Lock flight will continue to run as normal.

Friday 31 August 2018 09:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources

Update on 27/09/2018:

Following increased rainfall over the last month we are pleased to be in a position to reopen the summit section of the Rochdale canal without restrictions.

Water levels in the reservoirs that feed this section of the canal are still low which means although we’ve reopened this section there may be days where we may need to close due to low water levels. We will do our best to ensure these days are kept to a minimum and to give as much notice as possible although some days we may only be able to provide notices a few hours in advance.

However we will need overnight closures to remain in place for the Hebden Bridge area (Locks 5 to 13 where the opening times will be 9am until 4pm every day.  Tuel Lock flight will continue to run as normal.

 

 

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Lee Navigation

Ware Lock, EOG – L6 Moorings
Ends At: Lock 4, Stanstead Lock

Update on 28/08/2018:

The temporary navigation restriction between Stanstead Lock – Hardmead Lock will continue with restricted passage from Tuesday 28th August until further notice. The Lock opening times are as follows:

10:00 to 11:00 (this opening subject to closure at short notice due to water levels)

15.00 to 16.00

The morning opening is dependent on water levels and may be changed at short notice.

We are taking guidance from the Environment Agency regarding this, and are monitoring the levels closely as to whether the navigation can sustain two daily lock movements.

These opening arrangements will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

 

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Northampton Arm (Grand Union Canal):

Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 12

Update on 17/08/2018:

Due to exceptionally dry weather during the last three months some of our canal feeding reservoirs are lower than we would normally expect for this time of year.

The recent rainfall has not significantly changed this situation. As the dry weather is set to continue into the autumn, we are taking steps now to reduce water usage by closing the canal overnight.

The following locks will be locked shut: 1,12 and 17. Boats wishing to moor within the flight should only do so between locks 12 and 17.

CRT will monitor the situation.

Canal Opening Times are 9am to 6pm.

Last entry to the Northampton Arm at lock 17 is 3.30pm, please also note that the lock flight from 1 to 12 will also be closed at 3:30pm

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Northampton Arm (Grand Union Canal):

Update on 17/08/2018:

Due to exceptionally dry weather during the last three months some of our canal feeding reservoirs are lower than we would normally expect for this time of year.

The recent rainfall has not significantly changed this situation. As the dry weather is set to continue into the autumn, we are taking steps now to reduce water usage by closing the canal overnight.

The following locks will be locked shut: 1,12 and 17. Boats wishing to moor within the flight should only do so between locks 12 and 17.

CRT will monitor the situation.

Canal opening hours are 9am to 6pm.

Last entry to the Northampton Arm at lock 17 is 3.30pm, please also note that the lock flight from 1 to 12 will also be closed at 3:30pm

 

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

Lock 1, River Lock

RESTRICTION (10am Friday 10 August 2018 until further notice)

Due to continued low rainfall CRT are having to introduce operating restrictions at this lock.

Starting on the 10th August the lock will be restricted to passages between 10am-4pm.

The lock will be padlocked closed after 4pm

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Chesterfield Canal:

Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

ADVICE (1pm Wednesday 8 August 2018 until further notice)

West Stockwith Lock

This site will no longer accept cash payments after 30/09/2018.

All payments as of 01/10/2018 will be taken by card.

 

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Grand Union Canal: Blisworth Tunnel

BOOKING INFORMATION (Friday 10 August 2018 until further notice)

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.  Passage is available Monday – Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Please call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email East Midlands team:

enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Tunnel length: 2812m, travel time: 45 minutes

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

Starts At: Lock 85, Lock 21
Ends At: Lock 30, Holme Bridge Lock

Update on 28/09/2018:

 

In the latter half of September the Leeds & Liverpool Canal reservoirs have benefited from significant rainfall, resulting in an increase in water levels both in the reservoirs and the canal. We are now in a position to re-open the canal as follows:

 

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal between Wigan Top Lock and Gargrave will be re-opened from tomorrow, Saturday 29th September. However to try and conserve water, we will initially operate with restrictions between 10am and 4pm daily at the following locations:

 

o            Barrowford Locks (45 to 51).  Last passage commences at 2:30pm.

 

o            Greenberfield Locks (42 to 44).  Last passage commences at 3pm.

 

 

 

 

o            Bank Newton Locks (36 to 41).  Last passage commences at 3pm.

 

o            Gargrave (Holme Bridge Lock 30).  Last passage commences at 3pm.

 

This will leave the canal open to navigation from the top of Wigan Flight to Leeds. We will review these restrictions next week and aim to remove them as soon as possible.

As the canal was closed due to the drought, we have completed a number of repairs and maintenance works on the lock flights. Part of this plan was to bring forward planned winter stoppage works at Locks 73, 81 and 85 on the Wigan Flight. When taking this decision our data and analysis suggested it would be late October by the time we had enough water to re-open the canal. Bringing forward these stoppage works was intended to minimise disruption to our boating customers of having planned stoppages commence shortly after the canal was re-opened. The reservoirs have actually recovered earlier than expected, mainly due to the recent storms in the North West and unfortunately these stoppages are currently still on site.  The completion date for these stoppage works is Monday 22nd October, whereupon the lock flight will be re-opened. With these works complete, navigation will be available from the Wigan Flight to Liverpool, including the Liverpool Canal Link throughout the winter period (some minor restrictions may apply).

 

 

We appreciate this summer has seen significant disruption to our boating customers and many need to return to home and winter moorings. Although the publicised stoppage works at Poolstock, Plank Lane and Finsley Gate still apply, the following windows for movement have been agreed to give customers more flexibility:

 

 

Although advertised to close to navigation from 5th November, the navigation will remain open until 11th November at Finsley Gate (Burnley), Poolstock Lock 2 (Leigh Br) and Plank Lane (Leigh Br). The canal will be closed to navigation at the above locations from 12th November. (The individual stoppage notices will be updated to reflect these date changes).

 

 

Following completion of the Wigan Flight works, navigation on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal mainline from Burnley to Liverpool will be open with some minor restrictions.  As noted above, Leigh and Rufford Branches will both have closures from November to December.  There are no further stoppage works planned for this area post-Christmas.

Burnley will be impassable from 12th November through to March 2019 as the Finsley Gate closure is for significant relining works.

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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal: Bridge 2 High Level Bridge

BOOKING INFORMATION (4pm Tuesday 24 July 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised that due to the exceptional hot weather CRT are unable to take bridge bookings for the PM tides from 24/07/2018 until further notice.

Owners, Agents and Charterers should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the Masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.

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River Trent: Lock 14, Newark Nether Lock

ADVICE (1pm Thursday 19 July 2018 until further notice)

Due to past issues with anti-social behaviour at Nether Lock, it was decided that the facilities will only be open between 9:30am and 5:30pm, when Lock Keepers are on duty.  CRT will monitor the situation and re-assess things once we are out of Lock Keeping season.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

Starts At: Lock 22, Bingley 3 Rise Bottom Lock
Ends At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock

Update on 08/08/2018:

Due to continued low rainfall we are having to make further operating restrictions at Bingley Five Rive and Bingley Three Rise Locks. Starting on the 10th August passages will be restricted to the following times.

 

Passage down in the morning will be between 10am and 12pm. Due to the change in operating hours this will restrict the amount of boats that can use the flight and this will be managed on a first come first serve basis by the Lock Keepers on site

 

Passage up in the afternoon will be between 1pm and 3pm

 

Please liaise with the lock keepers once you are on site about passage through the lock. Our lock keepers will keep customers fully informed.

 

 

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Grand Union Canal:

Bridge 147, W’Well Swingbridge

RESTRICTION (6pm Saturday 7 July 2018 until further notice)

Due to a defect relating to the automated opening of the bridge it is necessary to restrict the opening times of this structure.

Until further notice staff will attend site  to manually operate the bridge.

The daily opening times for boat passage through the bridge will be 9am, 1pm and 4pm.

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Weaver Navigation:

Starts At: Saltersford Small Lock
Ends At: Vale Royal Small Lock

Update on 02/07/2018:

Following on from the timings stated below which are for week days, please note that lock passage times at weekends only are half past the hour, starting from 9.30am onwards.

RESTRICTION (3pm Tuesday 26 June 2018 until further notice)

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources

Original message:

As a consequence of the current dry spell and the long term forcast for dry weather, CRT are having to implement a water conservation strategy.  With this in mind there is a need to operate a times passage on the Weaver Navigation. The times of the lock passages will be as follows;

Saltersford Lock               Dutton,Hunts and Vale Royal

9am up                              9am down

10am Down                      10am Up

11am Up                           11am Down

12noon down                       12noon Up

1pm Up                              1pm Down

2pm Down                          2pm Up

3pm Up                               3pm Down

4pm Down                          4pm Up

5pm Up                               5pm Down

 

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Glasson Branch (Lancaster Canal)

Starts At: Lock No.1
Ends At: Lock No.6

Update on 29/06/2018:

Low water levels on the Lancaster Canal.

To conserve water, CRT are implementing opening times on Glasson Locks.  The Glasson Flight will be open to navigation from 8am to 1pm daily.

A contract team is completing further weed removal works on Wednesday 4 July.

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Grand Union Canal:

Braunston Tunnel

BOOKING INFORMATION (Friday 10 August 2018 until further notice)

 

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.  Passage is available Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Please call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email East Midlands

enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Tunnel length: 1873m, travel time: 30 minutes

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal):

Saddington Tunnel

BOOKING INFORMATION (Friday 10 August 2018 until further notice)

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.  Passage is available Monday – Friday at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Please call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email East Midlands team

enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk (Mon to Thurs, 8.30am – 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm)

Tunnel length: 808m, travel time: 15 minutes

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Grand Union Canal:

Blisworth Tunnel

Update on 19/06/2018:

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.  Passage is available Monday – Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Please call either Steve Morgan 07711 796384 or Mark Whitfield 07717 806 769 or email East Midlands team:

enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Tunnel length: 1873m, travel time: 30 minutes

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Tees Navigation
Location: The Barrage Reach timetable

 

Update on 21/09/2017:

The Barrage Reach timetable has been revised.

A copy of the revised timetable can be found by copying the following link into your browser https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/refresh/media/thumbnail/33462-barrage-reach-timetable-august-2017.pdf and following the link on the Notices section of this page.

The revised changes will take place with immediate effect.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

Starts At: Stanley Dock Top Lock
Ends At: Bottom Lock, Stanley Dock Arm

Update on 10/04/2018:

GETTING TO LIVERPOOL YOUR WAY

As of Monday 16 April 2018, CRT will be launching a suite of improvements to deliver a full self-service experience for customers travelling towards Liverpool on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and for those using the Liverpool Canal Link. Improvements to how the swing bridges and Stanley Locks are operated and changes to our web booking system make it easier than ever before to access Liverpool and the historic Liverpool South Docks.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal improvements include:

  • Installation of road barriers and a new user pedestal will allow self-user operation at Bridge 9 (Handcock’s Swing Bridge).  Please note that use of the bridge will be restricted during peak traffic times and will be open for user operation from 9:30am to 2:00pm and 6pm to 7:30am daily (no assistance required).
  • Installation of new landing stages at Bridge 6 (Netherton Swing Bridge) will enable user operation.  We have also completed extensive site works to clear vegetation, install new fencing, pathways and signage across the site.

Liverpool Canal Link improvements include:

  • Improvements to the Stanley Locks and paddles will facilitate user operation (roving lock keepers will be available for guidance)
  • Changes to the passage times will allow unlimited boat movements during allocated windows (8:00am to 9:30am travelling out of Liverpool and 1pm to 4pm travelling into Liverpool daily except Tuesdays). Please note a web booking is still required for the Liverpool Canal Link and this can be made on the boat licensing pages on this link
  • Changes to the web booking system mean that you can now book your own pontoon mooring in Salthouse Dock
  • Installation of a pontoon landing stage in Princes Dock allows customers to safely access the lock for operation
  • Installation of a pontoon at the bottom of Stanley Lock Flight allows customers to safely access the locks for operation

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Kennet & Avon Canal:

Starts At: Lock 22, Lower Foxhangers Lock
Ends At: Lock 50, Kennet Lock (Top Lock)

ADVICE (8am Sunday 1 April 2018 until 5pm Sunday 31 March 2019)

Caen Hill Flight – Opening Hours for 2018-19

1st October 2018 to 31st March 2019 (inclusive) 8am to 4pm, last locking 1pm

Please note locks 29 and 44 are locked at the end of each day and reopened at 8am the following morning.

 

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)
Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 7

OPENING TIMES (Monday 26 March 2018 until Sunday 31 March 2019)

Update on 22/03/2018:

Watford Locks Summer/Winter Volunteer Lock Keeper availability times for 2018/19 have been confirmed.

Volunteer Lock Keepers will be available between these hours to assist you through the flight. Please note this flight will be accessible outside these hours however no assistance will be available from the Trust.

If you require the assistance of volunteer lock keepers please allow yourself plenty of time to ensure passage. It takes approximately 45 minutes to pass through the flight.  Please be advised there may be a queue to enter the flight during busy periods.

Last assisted boat passage through the lock will be 45 minutes prior to the times posted below.

 

3 September 2018 – 21 October 2018

9am to 5pm (last assisted boat in 4:15pm)

 

22 October 2018 – 31 March 2019

9am to 3:30pm (last assisted boat in 2:45pm)

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River Ouse: 

Nidd Mouth Nun Monkton River Ouse – Ferry Boat Trips

ADVICE (11am Saturday 31 March until 4pm Sunday 28 October 2018)

The foot passenger ferryboat service will be open to the public at weekends only from Saturday 31st March (depending on river levels) until the end of October from 11am – 4pm.

Full details can be found on the website www.nunmonktonferryboat.org

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Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)
Starts At: Lock 17
Ends At: Lock 8

OPENING TIMES (Friday 16 March 2018 until Sunday 31 March 2019)
Foxton Locks Summer/Winter opening times for 2018/19 have been confirmed

Please be advised the hours listed below are when Foxton Locks will be open for navigation. The lock flight will be closed outside of these hours.

As locks can be very busy allow yourself plenty of time to ensure passage.  Please be advised there may be a queue to enter the flight during busy periods.

It takes approximately 45 minutes to pass through the flight and you must be through the flight by the time of closure.

Last boat entry into the flight will be 45 minutes prior to closure.

 

3 September 2018 – 21 October 2018

9am to 5pm (last entry into the locks 4:15pm)

22 October 2018 – 31 March 2019

9am to 3:30pm (last entry into the locks 2:45pm)

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Starts At: Lock 7, Kirkstall Little Lock
Ends At: Lock 13, Newlay Top Lock

OPENING TIMES (Monday 19 March until Wednesday 31 October 2018)

SUMMER OPENING TIMES FOR KIRKSTALL TO NEWLAY VIA FORCE LOCKS

FROM 19 MARCH TO 31 OCTOBER 2018

Please be advised that from 19 March to 31 October 2018, Kirkstall (Lock 7) to Newlay (Lock 13) opening times are as follows.

First passage commences at 8am daily.

Following the last passage, the above will be locked up until the following morning.

**AS OF 1 OCTOBER, THE LAST PASSAGE COMMENCES AT 4PM**

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

Starts At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 22, Bingley 3 Rise Bottom Lock

OPENING TIMES (Monday 19 March until Wednesday 31 October 2018)

SUMMER OPENING TIMES FOR BINGLEY THREE AND FIVE RISE LOCKS

FROM 19 MARCH TO 31 OCTOBER 2018

Bingley Five and Three Rise Locks opening times for 2018 are as follows:

First passage commences at 8am daily.

 

Following the last passage, the above will be locked up until the following morning.

**AS OF 1 OCTOBER, THE LAST PASSAGE COMMENCES AT 4PM**


Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
Bridge 8 – Fretherne Bridge

ADVICE (4pm Wednesday 21 February 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised that on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal some of the busy road bridges are closed to boat traffic during peak times to allow flow of road traffic and in accordance with agreed protocols with Gloucestershire County Council.

Fretherne Bridge is closed for boat traffic from 8.20am to 9am Monday to Friday during school term times.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Gloucester Lock on 01452 310832 or the local waterway at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk