Opening Times

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Last update: 14th May 2021

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Trent & Mersey Canal
Welcome Station at Fradley Junction

ADVICE (10am Wednesday 19 May until 2pm Sunday 31 October 2021)

From Wednesday 19th May our Visitor Welcome Volunteers will be delighted to welcome you again to our Welcome Station at Fradley Junction.  As well as our usual services for boaters, we’ve got lots of local information, and a range of attractive items on sale. If you’re visiting Fradley, why not pop by between 10am and 2pm, we are open 7 days a week.

Keys and pump out cards are available for our boating customers, but for licence transactions you’ll need to visit our website at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/buy-your-boat-licence.

Please note, we’re only able to accept payments by card.

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

OPENING TIMES (Monday 17 May 2021 until further notice)

We approach the water management of the canal system using a concept of hydrological units. We define a “hydrological unit” as a canal or group of canals that are supplied from the same water sources. The Oxford & Grand Union Hydrological Unit (Ox&GU) is a complex hydrological unit that is made up of several connecting canals, with three groups of reservoirs. It is connected via a system of pumps that can recirculate and transfer water around the system.

To protect our water resources supply the canal for years to come we must periodically  undertake maintenance works at our reservoirs. To safely undertake these works on occasion it is important to reduce the water levels.

Maintenance works are required to Sulby reservoir this summer that will require water levels in both Sulby and neighbouring Welford to be significantly lowered. These works are planned to commence mid-June and will take much of the boating season to complete.

Welford and Sulby reservoirs are extremely responsive to rainfall and there is no bypass channel to divert water around the reservoirs. Therefore, it would have been extremely difficult to plan these works during winter months as it would have been difficult to prevent the reservoirs refilling prior to the works being completed.

We are now in the process of drawing Welford and Sulby down for their planned works.

Despite the current generally positive hydrological status our water resource modelling has suggested that action is required to minimise disruption to navigation through the summer main boating season.

Additional maintenance and clearance works will be taking place in canal feeder channels to pass water more efficiently.

We are investigating improvements to pumping stations to make the best use of water released from other reservoirs in the hydrological unit.

We will also be locking up specific locations overnight with the aim of saving water, and allowing backpumps to recirculate and transfer water from one part of the hydrological unit to another.

At this stage the measures will only affect the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal.

These measures will be implemented to coincide with expected increases in boat movement, and therefore water demand increases, on the 17th May.

  • At Foxton Locks 8 to 17 passage will be possible from 10am to 4pm (last boat entry to the flight at 3.15pm).

We will regularly review mitigation measures and continue to monitor the network closely to determine the best course of action.

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

OPENING TIMES (Monday 17 May 2021 until further notice)

We approach the water management of the canal system using a concept of hydrological units. We define a “hydrological unit” as a canal or group of canals that are supplied from the same water sources. The Oxford & Grand Union Hydrological Unit (Ox&GU) is a complex hydrological unit that is made up of several connecting canals, with three groups of reservoirs. It is connected via a system of pumps that can recirculate and transfer water around the system.

To protect our water resources supply the canal for years to come we must periodically  undertake maintenance works at our reservoirs. To safely undertake these works on occasion it is important to reduce the water levels.

Maintenance works are required to Sulby reservoir this summer that will require water levels in both Sulby and neighbouring Welford to be significantly lowered. These works are planned to commence mid-June and will take much of the boating season to complete.

Welford and Sulby reservoirs are extremely responsive to rainfall and there is no bypass channel to divert water around the reservoirs. Therefore, it would have been extremely difficult to plan these works during winter months as it would have been difficult to prevent the reservoirs refilling prior to the works being completed.

We are now in the process of drawing Welford and Sulby down for their planned works.

Despite the current generally positive hydrological status our water resource modelling has suggested that action is required to minimise disruption to navigation through the summer main boating season.

Additional maintenance and clearance works will be taking place in canal feeder channels to pass water more efficiently.

We are investigating improvements to pumping stations to make the best use of water released from other reservoirs in the hydrological unit.

We will also be locking up specific locations overnight with the aim of saving water, and allowing backpumps to recirculate and transfer water from one part of the hydrological unit to another.

At this stage the measures will only affect the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal.

These measures will be implemented to coincide with expected increases in boat movement, and therefore water demand increases, on the 17th May.

At Watford Locks 1 to 7 passage will be possible 10am – 4pm (last boat entry to the flight at 3.15pm).

We will regularly review mitigation measures and continue to monitor the network closely to determine the best course of action.

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Montgomery Canal
Frankton Locks, Montgomery Canal
Starts At: Lock 1, Frankton Locks
Ends At: Lock 4, Frankton Locks

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Friday 14 May until Sunday 31 October 2021)

Summer 2021 Opening Times:

Frankton Locks are open from 9 am to 12 noon daily but it must be pre-booked online. (Book your passage online here) Before you commence your booking, please check that your craft is within the maximum dimensions which can be found here.

Please note that a return passage must be booked a maximum of 14 days after you have entered on to the Montgomery Canal.

You can book any day in advance but no later than 10.00 am on the day of your passage.

Please arrive at the locks anytime between 9am and 12 noon.

There will no passage outside of the opening times.

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Grand Union Canal
Booking your passage through Thames Lock, Brentford
Starts At: Lock 101A, Thames Lock (House side)
Ends At: Lock 101B, Thames Lock (Boat yard side)

ADVICE (Thursday 6 May 2021 until further notice)

Booking your passage through Thames Lock, Brentford

If you want to travel through Thames Lock, you’ll need to book online at least 48 hours in advance

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/my-trust/flow/signup-signin

The River Thames flows downstream towards Docklands. But the tide is more powerful – it’ll be either pushing water back up towards Teddington or pull it back towards the Docklands. If you’re travelling on the Thames, you need to travel with the tide.

High tide (or high water) is the point at which the tide’s direction switches. You’ll want to be at your destination by then.

The lock booking times are set to the appropriate direction of travel working with tide times from London bridge.

Please ensure you select the correct direction of travel for your booking.

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River Thames (non-tidal)/River Kennet

Update on 19/04/2021:

Facilities for boaters at Environment Agency lock sites on the non-tidal River Thames and the River Kennet.

You can now buy short term boat registrations at locks. Some locks will now offer assisted passage. The cleaning contract for some toilets has been extended to the end of May. We have resumed charging for short stay moorings, sewage pump-outs and electric charging points.

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Grand Union Canal
Blisworth Tunnel

Update on 19/04/2021:

Blisworth Tunnel is now open as normal.

Wide Beam boats can book as they did before, by using the online booking system – https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/planning-your-boat-trip/booking-your-passage-online

Passage needs to be booked 48 hours in advance, and can be booked Monday – Friday (Exc bank holiday and weekends).  Wide Beams need to be ready at the entrance of the tunnel for 7:45am.

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Grand Union Canal
Braunston Tunnel

Update on 19/04/2021:

Braunston Tunnel is now open as normal.

Wide Beam boats can book as they did before, by using the online booking system – https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/planning-your-boat-trip/booking-your-passage-online

Passage needs to be booked 48 hours in advance, and can be booked Monday – Friday (Exc bank holiday and weekends).  Wide Beams need to be ready at the entrance of the tunnel for 7:45am.

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Weaver Navigation
Vale Royal, Hunts, Saltersford and Dutton Locks
Starts At: Vale Royal Small Lock
Ends At: Dutton Large Lock

SUMMER OPENING TIMES (8.30am Monday 19 April 2021 until further notice)

Following feedback from our customers, from Monday 19 April, Vale Royal, Hunts, Saltersford and Dutton Locks on the Weaver Navigation will be open to navigation 7 days a week.

The 4 locks will be manned and open to navigation as per the following times. No booking required.

  • Monday to Friday –10am and last passage at 2.30pm
  • Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays –10am and last passage at 5pm

Pre-arranged bookings are also available from:

Monday to Friday

  • 8.30am – 10am
  • 2.30pm – 5pm

To guarantee passage, bookings need to be made by 4pm on the day prior, or by 4pm on the Friday for the following Monday. We will try our best to accommodate same day bookings, but this cannot be guaranteed.

To make a booking please call our North West Customer Support Team on 03030 404040.

Please note, these times will remain under review, and we will continue to look at further improvements in the future.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Wigan to Kirkstall, Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Starts At: Lock 85, Lock 21
Ends At: Lock 42, Bottom Lock

Update on 30/04/2021:

Please be advised, due to the combined effect of reduced reservoir capacity for essential maintenance and continued low rainfall the Operating Times for the locks along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal will start Friday 7 May. These are as follows:

North West

  • Wigan Lock Flight – Open at 8am, close at 4pm. Last entry 12pm
  • Johnsons Hillock Lock Flight – Open at 10am, close at 6pm. Last entry 5pm
  • Blackburn Lock Flight – Open at 10am, close at 6pm. Last entry 5pm
  • Barrowford Lock Flight – Open at 10am, close at 6pm. Last entry 5pm
  • Greenberfield Lock Flight – Open at 10am, close at 6pm. Last entry 5pm

Yorkshire & North East

  • Bank Newton Lock Flight – Open at 10am, close at 6pm. Last entry 5pm
  • Gargrave (Lock 30, Holme Bridge Lock) – Open at 10am, close at 6pm. Last entry 5pm

To find out more information on the Operating Times for the Yorkshire & North Locks please see the following links:

 

By implementing these Operating Times, we hope it will allow our customers to plan their journey knowing what to expect over the summer months as our teams continue to work hard to conserve water at every opportunity.

You can help us conserve water by:

  • Sharing locks where possible and making the best use of the water available.
  • Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they have passed through a lock.
  • Aiming for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open as they pass through. Pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.

Our teams will continue to monitor our reservoir holdings throughout the season. Please note, these initial operating times will remain under review and could be subject to change.

ADVICE (1pm Friday 16 April 2021 until further notice)

LEEDS & LIVERPOOL CANAL – OPERATING TIMES 2021

Whilst essential maintenance works continue to reservoirs which supply the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Operating Times on the North West Lock Flights will be implemented in the coming weeks to be able to provide a sustainable water resource.

Following feedback from boaters, businesses, and other waterway users it has been agreed the initial Operating Times will be implemented to the following lock flights from 10am to 6pm daily, whilst reservoir repair works are ongoing.

  • Greenberfield Lock Flight
  • Barrowford Lock Flight
  • Blackburn Lock Flight
  • Johnsons Hillock Lock Flight
  • Wigan Lock Flight

We will endeavour to give our customers at least two weeks’ notice prior to the introduction of these times.

By implementing these Operating Times, we hope it will allow our customers to plan their journey knowing what to expect over the summer months as our teams continue to work hard to conserve water at every opportunity.

You can help us conserve water by:

  • Sharing locks where possible and making the best use of the water available.
  • Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they have passed through a lock.
  • Aiming for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open as they pass through. Pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.

Our teams will continue to monitor our reservoir holdings throughout the season. Please note, these initial operating times will remain under review and could be subject to change.

Should the situation deteriorate, reduced Operating Times may need to be considered:

  • Greenberfield Lock Flight – Open at 10am, close at 6pm. Last entry 5pm
  • Barrowford Lock Flight – Open at 10am, close at 6pm. Last entry 5pm
  • Blackburn Lock Flight – Open at 10am, close at 6pm. Last entry 5pm
  • Johnsons Hillock Lock Flight – Open at 10am, close at 6pm. Last entry 5pm

Wigan Lock Flight

  • 8am – 10am for entry into the Lock Flight only
  • 2pm –4pm for exit Lock Flight only

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Macclesfield Canal/Peak Forest Canal

Intersection of: Lock 1 to Lock 12 on Macclesfield Canal and Lock 1 to Lock 16 on Peak Forest Canal

Update on 30/04/2021:

Please be advised, due to the combined effect of ongoing works at Toddbrook Reservoir and continued low rainfall the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals Operating Times for the Bosley and Marple Lock Flights will start Friday 7 May. These are as follows:

Bosley Lock Flight – Daily

  • Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last entry to the flight will be at 1pm, and all boats must be off the flight by 4pm.

Marple Lock Flight – Daily

  • Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last entry to the flight will be at 12 noon, and all boats must be off the flight by 4pm.

 

By implementing these Operating Times, we hope it will allow our customers to plan their journey knowing what to expect over the summer months as our teams continue to work hard to conserve water at every opportunity.

You can help us conserve water by:

  • Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they have passed through a lock.
  • Aiming for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open as they pass through. Pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.

Our teams will continue to monitor our reservoir holdings throughout the season. Please note, these initial operating times will remain under review and could be subject to change.

ADVICE (1pm Friday 16 April 2021 until further notice)

MACCLESFIELD & PEAK FOREST CANALS – OPERATING TIMES 2021

Due to the ongoing works at Toddbrook Reservoir there has been a reduction in the availability of water resources that supply the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals.

After recent heavy rainfall, our reservoir holdings for the remaining operational reservoirs that supply both canals are good, however, once navigation re-opens following the government lockdown, demand for water will be high, therefore, to manage a sustainable water resource to last throughout the summer months, it has been decided Operating Times will be implemented to the Bosley and Marple Lock Flights.

Following feedback from boaters, businesses, and other waterway users it has been agreed the initial Operating Times will be implemented:

Bosley Lock Flight – Daily

Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last boat to entry to the flight will be at 1pm, and all boats must be off the flight by 4pm.
Marple Lock Flight – Daily

Open from 8:30am to allow passage through the flight. Last boat to entry to the flight will be at 12 noon, and all boats must be off the flight by 4pm.
We will endeavour to give our customers at least two weeks’ notice prior to the introduction of these times.

By implementing these Operating Times, we hope it will allow our customers to plan their journey knowing what to expect over the summer months as our teams continue to work hard to conserve water at every opportunity.

You can help us conserve water by:

Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they have passed through a lock.
Aiming for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open as they pass through. Pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.
Our teams will continue to monitor our reservoir holdings throughout the season. Please note, these initial operating times will remain under review and could be subject to change.

Should the situation deteriorate, reduced Operating Times may need to be considered:

Bosley Lock Flight
Passage will only be available on alternate days; however, the lock opening times will remain the same.

Marple Lock Flight
Passage will only be available on alternate days; however, the lock opening times will remain the same.

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Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line
Goole Docks – leisure craft
Goole Visitor Moorings

Update on 16/04/2021:

We have been advised by Associated British Ports they are to open up limited penning for leisure craft from Monday 19th April.

Bookings will be controlled by the Duty Assistant Dock Master at Ocean lock on Tele: 01405 721128 on a first come / served basis and with a 24 hr confirmation call required.

ABP will offer a penn out at 1hr before HW and a penn in at 1hr after HW on daylight tides only and this will be managed around commercial traffic.

PLEASE NOTE: penning outside of these offered times is not available and that at no times should vessels anchor in the Goole reaches nor any part of the Ouse from the area of Skelton Railway Bridge to the Apex.

 

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal

East
Starts At: Lock 1 East, Stanley Dawson Lock
Ends At: Standedge Tunnel

Update on 04/05/2021:

We have made changes to the booking procedures for Lock 1E. From the 7th May, bookings will be made online with 48hr notice given for passage. We will have one AM passage at 0900 and one PM passage at 1500.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/planning-your-boat-trip/booking-your-passage-online

This will help manage water levels on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and will provide enough notice to coordinate our Huddersfield Broad Rangers who will be supporting us at this lock.

For any further assistance, please contact our team on 0303 0404040

ADVICE (8am Wednesday 14 April until 4pm Friday 12 November 2021)

We now have a voluntary ranger system on the Eastern side of the HNC who are available to assist single handed boaters and novice boaters who may require some support with the uniqueness of the HNC. This service can be pre-booked through the boaters section of MyTrust and on the 0300 number. Please allow at least 7 days notice to enable us to notify the Ranger who will be assisting you.

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Standedge Tunnel

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Monday 12 April until 4pm Friday 12 November 2021)

Please be aware the booking slots for the 2021 boating season have now been released and are available to book through the boating section of MyTrust.

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Rochdale Canal
Tuel Lane Lock
Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 3/4

SUMMER BOOKING INFORMATION (8.30am Monday 12 April until 4pm Monday 8 November 2021)

A Canal & River Trust lock keeper is present on the following days:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday of each week between the dates above (No booking required).  On these days the operating times for Tuel lock are first boat entry at 8.30am with last passage at 3:30pm, with except of Sunday where first passage is 10am.

An online booking system is in operation  for passage on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday.

To make a booking, please sign in to the online licensing pages and click on ‘my boats’, followed by the ‘bookings’ section.

https://licensing.canalrivertrust.org.uk/Account/SignIn

It is essential that anyone requiring passage during this time books at least 48 hours in advance in order to ensure we will have the team members onsite.

Tuel Lock (Lock 3), Sowerby Bridge is operated by a Canal & River Trust lock keeper. Please follow the local signage and the lock keeper’s instructions.

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

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

 

 

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Birmingham & Fazeley Canal

Cambrian Office – Birmingham City Centre
Cambrian Wharf

Update on 09/04/2021:

We’ll be welcoming back our customers to our shop and information point at Cambrian House from 12th April 2021.  As well as our usual services for boaters, we’ve got lots of local information, and a range of attractive items on sale. If you’re based in Birmingham, why not pop by between 9am and 3.30pm, Monday to Friday?

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Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line
Passage through Lock 12, Whitley Lock

Update on 14/04/2021:

From Monday the 19th of April Whitley Lock will be back to user operation therefore no booking is required.

This will be closely monitored to ensure this doesn’t have a negative impact downstream at the Newbridge Breach site.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Bingley 3 & 5 Rise Locks – Summer opening hours 2021
Starts At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 22, Bingley 3 Rise Bottom Lock

OPENING TIMES (8am Monday 12 April until 3pm Sunday 31 October 2021)

Through the 2021 summer season, our customer operations team will be on site to offer assisted passage through Bingley 3 & 5 Rise locks.

Morning

Passages down the lock flights between 08:00-10:00, last entry at 09:00.

Passages up the lock flights between 10:00-12:00, last entry at 11:00.

Afternoon

Passages down the lock flight between 13:00-15:00, last entry at 14:00.

Passages up the lock flight between 15:00-17:00, last entry at 16:00.

These timings are to help ensure that the locks are available to as many customers as possible. Lock keepers can use their discretion in quiet times to minimise disruption and ensure everyone can enjoy their visit.

As from 1st October, the last entry through these locks will be 3pm, due to the reduced daylight hours.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Newlay, Forge and Kirkstall Locks – Summer opening hours 2021
Starts At: Lock 13, Newlay Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 7, Kirkstall Little Lock

OPENING TIMES (8am Monday 12 April until 3pm Sunday 31 October 2021 15:00

Through the 2021 summer season, Newlay, Forge & Kirkstall locks will be available for self-operation between the hours of 08:00 and 16:00 daily. However, there will be roving lock keepers between Leeds & Newlay to offer assistance through the locks if required.

Please note that the locks will padlocked at 16:00 every evening.

As from 01 October 2021, the last entry through these locks will be 3pm, due to reduced daylight hours.

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Weaver Navigation
Anderton Boat Lift, 2021 Operating Schedule

BOOKING INFORMATION (until 5pm Sunday 31 October 2021)

 

Update on 16/04/2021:

Anderton Boat Lift Summer Operating Times 2021

From Monday 3 May, the lift will offer a 7-day operation:

  • Monday to Friday: 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 5.30pm

It is important that all boats travelling through the Lift have the correct license, Boat Safety Certificate and valid insurance. Please make sure your details are up to date prior to booking as these will be checked during the booking sequence.

Bookings can be made via your online account. Alternatively, you can call and book with our team by calling 03030 404040 between Monday to Friday, 8.30am till 5pm and Saturday & Sunday, 10am till 2pm.

Next available slot on the day is free of charge, however this passage is subject to availability, otherwise, charges of passage do apply.

Please ensure that you arrive at the holding area 30 minutes before the scheduled passage.

This window gives our staff an opportunity to visually check the boat for any potential issues, and more importantly, allows time for the safety briefing to be delivered and to answer any questions that might arise.

You will be charged the full amount should you fail to turn up for your booked passage. Failing to turn up has an adverse impact on the efficiency of the Lift and our limited operational staff.

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Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line/New Junction Canal

Daily passage time for Pollington Lock and Sykehouse Lock

Intersection of: Lock 13, Pollington Lock to Goole Sanitary Station, Goole on Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line and Sykehouse Lock to Towpath Access Went End on New Junction Canal

Update on 27/04/2021:

For passage during May bank holiday weekends, passage must be booked by close of business on Friday, eg:

Passage on Monday 3rd May, Tuesday 4th May – booking to be made by Friday 30 April.

Passage on Monday 31 May, Tuesday 1st June – booking to be made by Friday 28 May.

 

BOOKING INFORMATION (10am Friday 9 April 2021 until further notice)

From the 12th April, we shall be permitting a once a day access through Pollington Lock and Sykehouse Lock at 10am daily to allow boats to transit between Pollington Lock to Sykehouse Lock.

Mooring and overnight staying along sections between Pollington and Sykehouse Locks is not currently
permitted.

Boaters wishing to book passage through Pollington Lock or Sykehouse Lock will need to give 48 hour notice by calling 0303 0404040, Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm

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River Thames

Teddington Lock

Update on 07/05/2021:

Visiting licences are now available at the lock.

Update on 05/05/2021:

Passage through Teddington Lock is currently available from 6am to 10pm.

RESTRICTION (Tuesday 6 April 2021 until further notice)

Passage through Teddington Lock is available from 9am to 3pm. Tidal transits and general assisted passage will be offered between these times. As the self-service facility is not possible at Teddington lock, transits will not be possible through the night and from 3pm until 9am, the lock will be closed to traffic.Visiting licences will not be available at the lock but can be purchased by phoning the Environment Agency Boat Registration team on 0330 159 1983.

From 13 April to 17 May 2021

  • Passage through Teddington Lock will be available from 6am to 10pm. Tidal transits and general assisted passage will be available between these times.
  • Visiting licences will be available at the lock. Please follow social distancing guidance at the site when purchasing.
  • As the self-service facility is not possible at Teddington, transit will not be possible through the night and from 10pm until 6am, the lock will be closed to traffic.

 

From 18 May to 21 June 2021

  • Full 24 hour service will resume including purchasing of licences and journey advice by calling 020 8940 8723.

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Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations

Intersection of: Lock 1 Tinsley to Tinsley No.12 Lock on Sheffield & Tinsley Canal and
Holmes Lock to Holmes Lock on Sheffield & South Yorks Nav

Update on 31/03/2021:

Passage through the Tinsley flight of locks must be booked at least 24 hours in advance by calling the customer service team on 0303 040 4040 Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm

Lock Keepers will advise customers what time the last passage will be as it takes approximately 4 hours to navigate the flight.

Our summer hours are 1st April until 30th September  Monday – Sunday 8am until 5 pm

Our winter hours are 1st October until 31st March Monday – Sunday 8am until 4pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

The Tinsley Flight passage starts at Holmes Lock. Customers who have not booked passage will not be able to progress past Holmes Lock. We advise customers to moor at Eastwood or Iccles Lock.

If you would like to pre book a mooring at Victora Quays Sheffield, please call Calder Valley Marina on 0114 2767111

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Wigan Dry Dock

Update on 27/04/2021:

We have now established a method of repair for the gates at Wigan Dry Dock on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. We need to install a fabric dam so the forebay and cill can be cleaned out before repairs are made to the central mitre and gate paddle to reduce the leakage.

Unfortunately, due to a number of infrastructure-related issues in the North West posing hazards to navigation, we anticipate works to the Dry Dock will commence later in May.

An update on progress will be provided by Friday, 21 May.

Update on 20/04/2021:

Please be advised Wigan Dry Dock on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal remains closed due to a severe leak through the gates affecting safe operation of the dry dock.

Due to arising issues in the North West, our site visit has been delayed. Our local engineer will be on site next week to undertake an inspection of the gates and organise a method of repair.

A further update will be provided by Monday, 26 April.

Update on 16/04/2021:

Please be advised Wigan Dry Dock on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal remains closed due to a severe leak through the gates affecting safe operation of the dry dock.

Further investigations to the gate are necessary and our local engineer will be on site next week to undertake this inspection.

 

Update on 08/04/2021:

Please be advised Wigan Dry Dock on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal remains closed due to a severe leak through the gates affecting safe operation of the dry dock.

Specialist divers have been contracted to remove debris and silt from the gates and will make further investigations to the gates during the operation.

An update will be provided by Friday, 16 April.

BOOKING INFORMATION (12.15pm Monday 29 March 2021 until further notice)

Please be advised Wigan Dry Dock is currently closed due to a severe leak through the gates affecting safe operation of the dry dock.

Our local team have been to site to assess the issue and are waiting for our engineers to carry out investigations so that we can plan a repair.

 

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal/Liverpool Link

Salthouse Dock and the Liverpool Canal Link

Intersection of: Stanley Dock Top Lock to Stanley Dock Top Lock on Leeds & Liverpool Canal and
Mann Island Lock to Mann Island Lock on Liverpool Canal Link

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Monday 29 March 2021 until further notice)

SALTHOUSE DOCK, LIVERPOOL CANAL LINK

The Liverpool Canal Link is a seasonal passage, open from the last week in March until late October, annually. The Liverpool Canal Link provides a navigable route from the bottom of the existing Stanley Lock Flight on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to Liverpool’s South Docks, including our visitor mooring, Salthouse Dock.

Passage via the Liverpool Canal Link is available daily, excluding Tuesdays. Stay in Salthouse Dock is free for up to 7 nights with extra nights costing just £20 per night.

You can book your passage and pontoon via your online account or calling 03030 404040. Choose your dates of your return passage via the Liverpool Canal Link and pick your preferred pontoon in Salthouse Dock. Please note, pontoons are available on a first come, first served basis.

Customer’s must have a valid licence and insurance, ensuring your craft complies with BSS regulations.

If you require a one way only passage, please speak with our North West Customer Support Team by calling 03030 404040.

Stanley Lock Flight, Prince’s Lock and Mann Island Lock are all customer operated with roving lock keepers and volunteers available for guidance. Operating times are as follows, Wednesday to Monday:

Outbound passages (going from Salthouse Dock to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal)

Opening times for outbound passages are 8am to 9:30am from Mann Island

Inbound passages (from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal into Salthouse Dock)

Opening times are from 1pm to 4pm from Stanley Top Lock

The Liverpool Canal Link will be padlocked outside these hours.

Use of Bridge 9, Handcock’s Swing Bridge is restricted during peak traffic times. Open for customer operation from 9:30am to 2pm and 6pm to 7:30am, daily. Installation of the landing stages at Bridge 6, Netherton Swing Bridge has enabled customer operation, with no assistance required.

As of May 2018, we have a 28 day no return policy on the bookings. The booking system will not allow bookings within this period to be taken.

You can see more information, including the Liverpool Canal Link Skipper’s Guide, here.

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Trent & Mersey Canal
Harecastle Tunnel Summer 2021 Opening Times

BOOKING INFORMATION (Monday 1 March until Sunday 31 October 2021)

Harecastle Tunnel Summer opening times from 1st March 2021 to 30th October 2021:

Open passages are available from 8am to 12 noon, Monday to Sunday. Un-booked (Open) passages must arrive at the tunnel portal between 8am and 12 noon. There is no guarantee of passage for arrivals after 12 noon unless pre booked online at https://licencing.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Bookable passages are available Southbound (Kidsgrove to Tunstall) at 2pm and 4pm and Northbound (Tunstall to Kidsgrove) at 3pm.

For direct tunnel enquiries please email eventsnorthstaffs@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Please follow the directions of our team members on site at all times. Passage is only permitted with a working horn and tunnel light; at present we are unable to lend such items.

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River Stort

Customer Service Facilities Bishops Stortford – Bin Store
Sanitary Station

ADVICE (12noon Friday 12 February 2021 until further notice)

 

Please be advised that due to access restrictions, the bin compound at Bishops Stortford Sanitary Station is currently unavailable. This is due to changes to the road layout by the Local Authorities affecting our waste collection services.
Our Local Teams are currently working with the Local Authorities to find a resolution and reinstate these services.

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Oxford Canal
Location: Movement of wide-beam boats between Braunston Junction and Hillmorton Locks on the North Oxford Canal
Starts At: Bridge 93/94, Braunston Junction
Ends At: Lock 7, Hillmorton Top Lock (Os)

Update on 16/02/2021:

Please refer to https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/19191-movement-of-wide-beam-boats-between-braunston-junction-and-hillmorton-locks-on-the-north-oxford-canal for the latest information.

Managing the safe movement of wide beam boats on the North Oxford Canal

The North Oxford Canal between Braunston Junction and Hillmorton Locks is a narrow canal, not designated for wide-beam craft. However, wide-beam craft access to and from Dunchurch Pools and Barby Moorings is permitted, in a single journey (i.e. not mooring on the towpath or offside between Braunston and Hillmorton Locks).

Boaters with wide-beam craft planning travel on the North Oxford Canal, to or from Dunchurch Pools or Barby Moorings, should notify enquiries.westmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk one week ahead (where possible*) of the boat movement with the following information:

  • Boat index and name
  • Planned date of movement (if a you cannot provide an exact date please provide a range e.g between x date and x date)
  • Direction of movement
  • Contact number for the person who will be navigating the boat

*If you are unable to give a week’s notice, please email the West Midlands team as soon as possible so that they can make others aware of wide-beam craft movement on the north Oxford canal

Planned wide-beam boat movements on the north Oxford will be published on the Trust’s notices and stoppages web page.

The maximum craft dimensions for boats on the canal are:

Length 21.96m (72ft)

Beam 2.13m (7ft’)**

Draught 1.09m (3ft 7’’)

** subject to the above exemption for access

 

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River Great Ouse Navigation System

ADVICE (Friday 8 January 2021 until further notice)

 

Following the government announcement on 4 January 2021 of a national lockdown for England, this means you must not leave or be outside of your home except where absolutely necessary. Therefore all navigation on our waterways should be limited to essential travel only.
Travel on waterways and overnight stays are only permitted where the boat is your permanent residence or it is necessary for work, education or similar reasons. Those who live aboard their boats should limit their travel to access essential services and facilities. You should stay local where possible. As in previous lockdowns, some activities using unpowered boats are permitted as part of your daily exercise, limited to once a day and within the government guidance for exercise. Please check government guidance and any specific guidance from national governing bodies, such as British Canoeing or British Rowing.
We will continue to support this national effort through these challenging times and will, as always, make protecting the safety of our customers and staff our top priority.
Our staff will continue to work, managing and maintaining our waterways within the safe ways of working we have implemented over the past year. This may include some asset closures for maintenance. Our level of service may also be affected due to some staff who are vulnerable and need to shield. Wherever possible we will maintain essential services and facilities for those boaters who live aboard and who have to make essential journeys.
For anyone making essential navigation journeys please note that the recent flooding incident means that some sites are closed awaiting emergency recovery work or restricted and subject to separate notices. This is for navigation safety where obstructions are restricting navigation or making it impossible. Whilst checks have now been made of our facilites and locks, please note that channel checks are still required or underway and obstructions / blockages within the channel may still be present so anyone making essential journeys should proceed with extreme caution.
Please report any navigation issues or environmental incidents to us any time on 0800 80 70 60.
At the short stay moorings we own or manage, we will continue to lift time restrictions to assist those who live aboard their boats so they can access essential services.

For further information, please contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Anglian Waterways Team.

 

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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
Covid-19 restrictions
Starts At: Bridge 3, Purton Lower
Ends At: Victoria Basin Swing Bridge

OPENING TIMES (8am Wednesday 6 January 2021 until further notice)

Please be advised that due to Covid-19 the following restrictions will be in place for the whole of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.

The Canal will be open between 08:00 and 16:00 for essential boat movements, Thursday to Monday. The Canal will be closed as normal on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

A single bridge keeper will operate the following bridge groups and can be contacted if required, using the numbers below. Please be patient and allow our staff time to move between the structures.

Purton – 01453 811384

Patch/Cambridge – 01453 890324

Fretherne/Splatt – 01452 740582

Junction/Sandfield – 01452 740444

Parkend/Sellars – 01452 720016

Rea/Sims/ Hempstead – 01452 501994

Llanthony/ Gloucester Lock – 01452 310832

Any further information please call our Customer Service Team on 03030404040 or email enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk

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Fossdyke Canal
Lock 1, Torksey Lock

Update on 13/04/2021:

As of the 12th April, boaters can now book passage as normal via the Lock Keeper at Torksey.

M: 07884238781

LL: 01427 718202

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River Trent
Starts At: Lock 15, Cromwell Lock – Top Chamber
Ends At: Lock 15, Cromwell Lock – Bottom Chamber

Update on 13/04/2021:

As from the 12th April, boaters can now book passage as normal via the lock keeper at Cromwell Lock.

M – 07887754485

LL – 01636 821213

 

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River Witham
Lock 4, Boston Lock

Update on 13/04/2021:

As of the 12th April boaters can now book passage as normal via the lock keeper at Boston Lock.

M – 07387050967

Update on 07/01/2021:

From Tuesday 5 January, passage through Boston lock will be available only for emergencies and to access essential services such as water, pump out or waste.

Passage through the lock must now be booked by contacting the on site lock keeper using the phone number below.

 

 

M – 07387050967

Passage will continue to be limited and will only be available on a booked basis.

Please note that we require one working days’ notice to arrange passage through the lock, exact time of passage will depend on tide times.

We are keeping our response under constant review and may change our position according to latest government advice.

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Trent & Mersey Canal
Fradley office closure
Winding Hole, Fradley Junction

Update on 14/05/2021:

Please see our new notice below regarding the Welcome Station opening date and hours.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/19766/welcome-station-at-fradley-junction

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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
Sharpness Tidal Basin

ADVICE (Tuesday 3 November 2020 until further notice)

Safety Notice to Small Craft Owners/Operators re Use of the floating pontoon

Owners and operators of small craft are reminded that the floating pontoon situated between the two jetties in the tidal basin at Sharpness Dock is to be used solely as a temporary mooring by small craft waiting to enter the estuary or the lock and as directed by Canal and River Trust staff.

Directions may be given by radio. VHF channel 13 (“Sharpness Radio”) should thus be monitored.

There is no provision for access to any vessel moored to the pontoon. Use of the adjacent piers and ladders for access is prohibited. Crew members are required to remain on the pontoon or on their vessel whilst it is in the tidal basin.

Due to the nature of the lock environment, owners and operators of small craft are also reminded that crewmembers should not embark/disembark whilst their vessel is in the lock without the consent of the Canal and River Trust staff member in charge of lock operations.

If you need any further information please contact the Pier Head on 01453 511968 or our Customer Services Team on 0303 040 4040

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River Severn Navigation
Below Gloucester Lock and Maisemore Weir
Lock 2 Gloucester Lock

ADVICE (Tuesday 3 November 2020 until further notice)

This notice is for customers who use the Remainder Waterway section of the River Severn from Gloucester down towards Sharpness.

Please can all customers be aware that the Partings (Eastern Channel) of the river below Gloucester Lock, and the Partings (Western Channel) of the river below Maisemore Weir is heavily encumbered with trees and other vegetation growing from both banks which obstruct the channel both above and below the water.

Operators of small craft should take into account the risk of entanglement of rigging and masts, the risk of fouling of propeller and rudder and the risk of entrapment of the vessel and crew recovery options when assessing the viability of navigation in these Remainder Waterway sections.

If you need any further information regarding this notice please do not hesitate to contact Gloucester Lock on 01452 310832 or VHF Channel 74

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River Severn Navigation
Camp Public House Private Mooring
Bevere Manor – L6 Mooring

ADVICE (Tuesday 3 November 2020 until further notice)

Please be advised that there is a metal post in the bed of the canal from the derelict moorings just South of the Camp private visitor moorings (Just south of Bevere Lock)

Boaters are asked to take extra care when landing or leaving these moorings.

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Market Harborough Arm (Grand Union Cnl)
Union Wharf CSF

OPENING TIMES (Friday 25 September 2020 until further notice)

The pump out at the Union Wharf is available to customers before 9.30am, Monday -Saturday.

The Union Wharf requests  24 hours’ notice and can be contacted on: 01858 432123.

Boaters can just turn up on site but are advised that they may have to wait until the following morning depending on whether the Union Wharf can staff it.

No pump out card is required for this site.

Union Wharfs Website for more information is – https://www.unionwharfharborough.co.uk/overnight-moorings/

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Lee Navigation
Location: Restricted passage, Lock 17 Tottenham Lock
Starts At: Lock 17, Tottenham Lock, Western Side
Ends At: Lock 16, Stonebridge Lock, Western Side

Monday 21 September 2020 10:00 until further notice

Due to the continuing low levels of water, it is necessary to introduce a navigation restriction at lock 17 Tottenham on the Lee Navigation.
Lock 17 Tottenham will be opened to navigation each day, with restricted passage being between 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

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Shropshire Union Canal

Ellesmere Port Passage On/Off Shropshire Union Canal
Starts At: Lock 1, Whitby Bottom Wide Lock
Ends At: Lock 1, Whitby Bottom Wide Lock

Update on 18/09/2020:

Engineers on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council have completed the repair to Whitby Lock Swing Bridge at Ellesmere Port.

To book passage through Whitby Lock and Swing Bridge to navigate on/off the Manchester Ship Canal, please see our new advice notice here.

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Oxford Canal
Starts At: Lock 15, Marston Doles Bottom Lock
Ends At: Lock 16, Marston Doles Top Lock

Update on 08/09/2020:

From Wednesday 9th September 2020, the locks will be open between 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week, with last entry on the flight at 4pm.

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Denver Complex Public Car Park & Relief Channel
48 Hr Visitor Moorings at Stowbridge & Magdalen
ADVICE (Friday 3 July 2020 until further notice)

Due to large gatherings, misuse and abuse of Denver Public Car Park and facilities, the 48 Hour visitor moorings at Stowbridge and Magdalen on the Relief Channel we have had to take the unfortunate decision to close these site to the wider public until further notice as an additional safety measure.

The associated anti-social behaviour with some instances of criminal damage and other illegal activities is impacting on local on-site staff / residents and could have
serious implications on the grounds of safety and lives are being put at risk as a result.

These sites have now been closed to the wider general public and fenced off. Please note that boating customers who are registered and hold a navigation key can still access the sites but please unlock and then re-lock the navigation padlock on the main access gates to these sites as soon as you have passed through, even whilst your vehicle is within the carpark at Denver or you are using the Relief Channel Moorings and do the same again upon exiting the sites to prevent unauthorised access.
Please note that at Denver that there are two padlocks on the chain around the gate, a combination lock and a navigation padlock. The combination lock is for the use of the Rowing Club so you will need to use your rounded Abloy navigation key in the key operated navigation padlock.

Navigation keys are available to purchase at Denver during lock operation times from the lock office for any River User who holds a current valid registration. Should anyone need a navigation key, you may be asked to provide proof of your registration at the time of purchase and we are currently only accepting contactless cashless payments so you will require a payment credit / debit card.
We don’t like being put in this position to have to temporarily close facilities but the health, safety and wellbeing of the public, our customers and staff is our top priority and we will make these decisions if needed and if safety is compromised. Your understanding and support in this matter is appreciated as is respect and kindness for our local staff based in the field and on the ground at these
sites. Thank you.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Wigan Flight to Bingley Five Rise, Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Starts At: Lock 85, Lock 21
Ends At: Lock 25, Bingley 5 Rise Bottom Lock

Update on 23/09/2020:

Navigation will resume on the Wigan Flight tomorrow, Thursday 24 September, as per normal daily operating times:

  • 8.30am – 10am to facilitate entry on to the flight
  • 12.30pm – 2pm to allow exit off the flight

Padlocks will be placed on Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight) and Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) outside of these times.

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Grand Union Canal
Thames Lock Booking, Brentford (restricted opening hours)
Starts At: Lock 100A, Brentford Lock
Ends At: Lock 100A, Brentford Lock

ADVICE (Monday 1 June 2020 until further notice)

Due to COVID19 reducing staffing resources in the London & South East region we are currently restricting the service at Thames Lock (101A) in Brentford.

When is Thames Lock Open?

in June, passage through Thames Lock will be Mondays and Fridays only and passage time will need to coincide with tide times (No weekend service)

Please bear in mind that it will take time for the Trust and other organisations on the Thames to get the entire network fully operational. As you will expect, booking for some passages and services will be required. Some sections and structures may be closed for a further period. We are working with the other organisation on The Thames to provide a full service asap.

PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL TO THAMES LOCK ON THE TIDEWAY WITHOUT A BOOKING.

Booking information

All bookings must be made at least 72 hours in advance of passage

Bookings can be made by telephone or email enquiries.londonsoutheast@canalrivertrust.org.uk

London & South East office hours are available to take your details during the following days and times:

Monday to Thursday: 9:00am till 5:00pm

Friday: 9:00am till 3:00pm (cut off)

Please note that the office is closed at weekends.

After 3:00pm on a Friday the 72-hour notice period will commence from the following Monday.

When requesting passage please confirm:

1) When are you seeking passage

2) Which direction you are coming from (from the Thames or onto the Thames) and which direction are you headed (Limehouse, Teddington or Brentford)

3) Your boat index number and name

4) Your name and telephone number

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Grand Union Canal
Hatton Car Park opposite Bridge 54 Grand Union

Update on 26/05/2020:

Please be advised our car park at Hatton remain closed until further notice.

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