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Last update: 3rd July 2020

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River Nene

Dog-in-a-Doublet Lock

UPDATE ON 03/07/2020:

Anglian Waterways’ priority is to keep customers and staff during assisted lock passage during the Coronavirus pandemic. In order to do so, we are making the following changes to our service at the Dog-in-a-Doublet Lock on the River Nene:

 The Dog-in-a-Doublet Lock will re-open for restricted lock passage on 8th July 2020.
Please make time to plan your journey and regularly check our Navigation Notices on www.visitanglianwaterways.org. Lock passage must be booked by phone (please ring 01733 202219) a minimum of 48 hours in advance of arriving at the Dog-in-a-Doublet
Lock. No other form of booking passage will be accepted.
 No payments will be taken at this site until further notice. Please purchase your boat registration direct from our Boat Registration Team by ringing 03708 506 506 (open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm). Your craft must be properly registered for use on our waterways and you must provide the lock keeper with your registration reference number when you arrive on site for lock passage.
 Social distancing must be maintained at all times. Skipper and crew members must remain on their boat whilst at the lock. Please be patient, adhere to on-site signage and follow the lock keeper’s instruction at all times.
 The lock office, grounds, lock keeper’s bungalow and garden are all strictly closed to the public. Please do not approach any of these on foot.
 We are unable to provide any facilities, such as toilets and rubbish disposal, for the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic.

These changes apply immediately and will remain in place until further notice.
Please enjoy the use of the navigation in a responsible way. Stay alert and stay safe as we continue to respond to the challenges of coronavirus.

 

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River Thames

Teddington Lock

RESTRICTION (Wednesday 1 July until Friday 31 July 2020)

From Wednesday 1 July, assisted passage through Teddington Lock will be available from 7am – 9pm and for boats wishing to use the lock as a gateway on or off the non-tidal Thames, we will be offering one tidal transit every 24 hours.
For safety reasons, members of the public cannot operate Teddington Lock themselves. Therefore transit will not be possible through the night and from 9pm until 7am, the lock will be closed to traffic.
We will be regularly reviewing this as the boating season progresses with a view to return back to a full 24hr service as soon as we can.
Please note: visiting licences are currently not unavailable at the lock but these can be purchased by phoning our National Customer Contact Centre Boat Renewal Line on 0330 159 1983.
Guidance for using the Lock
 Transiting through the lock will be practised with social distancing.
 Members of staff will be on site to operate the pedestal but will have limited ability to assist with ropes in order to keep a safe distance.
 We recommend at least one crew member to be present to manage ropes and react to any incident that may occur.
 No transactions will be made. Visiting licences are available by calling the number above.
 Mooring charges are currently suspended but laybys should not be used for no longer than 24hours.
 Skippers and passengers are to remain on vessels throughout the whole process and are not to congregate once on a mooring.
 If heading onto the tideway, please make sure you have booked with Brentford or other suitable lock or mooring. Please arrive with plenty of time and wait on the layby for
instructions from the lock keeper.

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River Thames

Update on 24/06/2020:

The River Thames Waterways Team has started an incremental reintroduction of assisted passage at locks along the non-tidal River Thames. As of today, assisted passage will be available at the following locks:

  • St John’s
  • Shifford
  • Radcot
  • Osney
  • Abingdon
  • Cleeve
  • Goring
  • Whitchurch
  • Caversham
  • Blakes
  • Marsh
  • Hambleden
  • Marlow
  • Boveney
  • Romney
  • Chertsey

 

The levels of service we will offer reflect our staffing levels which are currently reduced as result of coronavirus (COVID-19). The service levels offered will vary from site to site each day according to staff availability. They are:

 

  • Basic service: The duty lock and weir keeper may be working at more than one site. Assisted passage cannot therefore be guaranteed but may be offered during published duty hours. When not offered, ‘self-service’ signs will be displayed.
  • Standard service: Assisted passage is offered for published duty hours, though staff breaks, weir work and maintenance periods may not be covered.

 

Lock and weir keeper duty hours are:

  • July and August: 9am to 6:30pm
  • May, June and September: 9am to 6pm
  • April and October: 9am to 5pm
  • November to March: 9:15am to 4pm

We are working hard to provide assisted passage at all remaining sites.A full list of service issues is available in the ‘Information for boaters’ section of our River Thames Conditions website. Please remember to ‘refresh’ the page if you have visited it before, to ensure the latest information is displayed.

A full list of current and planned river restrictions and closures is available on GOV.UK, where you can also sign up for email updates.

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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 19/06/2020:

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal will open to navigation from Monday 6 July, with operating times.  This will enable boat movement to resume and help with conservation of water resource.

Please double check the operating times carefully as these vary according to location.

Passage through locks on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal will be available as follows:

Wigan Flight (65-85) – daily

  • 8.30am – 10am for entry onto the flight only
  • 12.30pm – 2pm for exit off the flight only

Top and bottom lock will be closed between these times to ensure no more boats can gain entry onto the flight.  No boats will be permitted to enter the flight to start a journey in the second window.

 

Johnson Hillocks (58-64) – daily

  • Open 10am closed 5pm. Last entry 4pm

 

Blackburn Locks (52-57) – daily

  • Open 10am, closed 4pm. Last entry 3pm

 

Barrowford Locks (45-51) – daily

  • Open 10am, closed 4pm. Last entry 3pm

 

Greenberfield Locks (42-44) – daily

  • Open 10am, closed 5pm. Last entry 4pm

 

Bank Newton Locks (36-41) – daily

  • Open 10am, closed 5pm. Last entry 4pm

 

Gargrave Lock (30) – daily

  • Open 10am, closed 5pm. Last entry 4pm

 

Bingley Three & Five Rise (22-29), and Kirkstall to Newlay Locks (7-13) – daily

 

Morning

  • Passages down the lock flights between 8am and 10am.  Last entry 9am
  • Passages up the lock flights between 10am and 12pm.  Last entry 11am

 

Afternoon

  • Passages down the lock flights between 1pm and 3pm.  Last entry 2pm
  • Passages up the lock flights between 3pm and 5pm.  Last entry 4pm

 

Boats must double up in locks where possible for all of these passages to help conserve water.

These operating times will remain under review and could be subject to change.

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Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canals

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

Update on 19/06/2020:

The Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canals will open to navigation from week commencing Monday 6 July, with operating times.  This will enable boat movement to resume and help with conservation of water resource.

Please double check the operating times carefully as these vary according to location.

Passage through locks on the Peak Forest & Macclesfield Canals will be available as follows:

 

Bosley Locks (1-12) on the Macclesfield Canal – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Only

  • Open 9am.  Last passage at 1pm.  Flight locked up 4pm.

 

Marple Lock Flight (1-16) on the Peak Forest Canal – Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday Only

  • Open 8am.  Last passage at 12pm.  Flight locked up 3pm.

 

These operating times will remain under review and could be subject to change.

 

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River Trent
Lock 8, Holme Lock

Update on 19/06/2020:

As of Saturday 20/06/2020, Holme Lock will be open for passage and operated by a lock keeper between the hours of 09:00 and 13:00, 7 days a week.

Booking passage through the lock will no longer be required and the lock will be locked outside of these hours.

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Weaver Navigation
Anderton Boat Lift

Update on 19/06/2020:

Further to the update on Wednesday 17 June, we are pleased to advise the Anderton Boat Lift will open to passage from week commencing Monday 6 July, with operating days and times as follows:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, only.

Passages will commence at 10am and be complete by 1pm. This will allow a maximum of 16 boat movements a day, 8 in each direction.

This is our initial approach in re-opening the Lift as we adopt new operating procedures for our colleagues and our customers in light of government guidelines regarding social distancing.

We will review the operating procedures each week and hope to extend the operating times once the new procedures are established.

The Anderton Boat Lift booking system will be open to take online bookings from Friday 26 June for passages commencing Monday 6 July.

Please note, the Visitor Centre and manned Booking Office will not be open to customers.

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Stainforth & Keadby Canal
Tide Times & Lock Shift Times for Keadby Lock – June

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Monday 1 June until 9pm  Tuesday 30 June 2020)

Update on 18/06/2020:

Passage through Keadby Lock can now be booked via the lock keeper on 07733 124611.

 

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Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations
Location: Aldwarke Lock
Starts At: Aldwarke Lock
Ends At: Aldwarke Lock

Update on 18/06/2020:

Assisted passage and bookings is no longer needed for this lock, self passage is now possible.

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

BOOKING INFORMATION (11am Thursday 18 June 2020 until further notice)

With the Health and Safety of our colleagues and boaters in mind and to safely manage the numbers of individuals at the site, we will initially be reopening Tuel Lane Lock from 22nd June 2020 for booked passage on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. Two booking slots for same direction of travel will be available every hour from 0800 to 1600 on these days (excluding 1200-1300). Please contact our team on 0303 0404040 to make your booking. Anyone requiring weekend passage, please make contact with us at least 24hrs in advance and the local team will do their best to accommodate you.

 

When you arrive on site, the Volunteer Lock Keeper will brief you on the safety requirements for passage. Please be aware that to ensure we maintain the social distancing principles, we will allow only the helmsman to be outside of the cabin during passage, unless you are given specific instructions by the Lock keeper when on site. Whilst you are undertaking passage it is essential that you remain 2metres distance from the Lock keeper and other boaters.

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Weaver Navigation
Anderton Boat Lift

Update on 17/06/2020:

Following the closure of the Anderton Boat Lift during the coronavirus crisis, we are pleased to advise operations will commence Monday, 6 July.

 

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Sheffield & Tinsley Canal

Starts At: Sheffield Basin
Ends At: Tinsley No.12 Lock

RESTRICTION (8am Wednesday 17 June until 6pm Friday 19 June 2020)

Update on 11/06/2020:

Navigation will be open on the Tinsley flight from Wednesday the 17th-Friday the 19th of June.

To make a booking on these dates please contact us on 0303 040 4040, Monday to Friday between 9.00am – 5.00pm.

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

Update on 11/06/2020:

Following the reopening of our navigations on 01/06/2020, the Foxton flight is no longer operating on a booking system.

The flight will be open for passage Monday to Friday starting at 10:00, with the last boat in at 14:15.

The on-duty lock keeper will be allowing boats through the flight on a first come, first served basis. This means that you may experience delays. We will endeavour to allow as many boats as possible through the flight each day, however it may not always be possible to allow everyone through before the site closes. In this case you will be asked to wait until the following day.

Please contact us on 0303 040 4040 or by emailing enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk with any questions.

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

Update on 11/06/2020:

Following the reopening of our navigations on 01/06/2020, the Watford flight is no longer operating on a booking system.

The flight will be open for passage Monday to Friday starting at 10:00, with the last boat in at 14:15.

The on-duty lock keeper will be allowing boats through the flight on a first come, first served basis. This means that you may experience delays.

We will endeavour to allow as many boats as possible through the flight each day, however it may not always be possible to allow everyone through before the site closes. In this case you will be asked to wait until the following day.

Please contact us on 0303 040 4040 or by emailing enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk with any questions.

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Trent & Mersey Canal
Harecastle Tunnel opening times

BOOKING INFORMATION (Monday 8 June 2020 until further notice)

Passage through the tunnel is available via a booking system only. Your boat must have a working front light and horn or you will not be allowed to enter the tunnel. Unfortunately, we are not able to safely lend these items out at the moment.

Bookings will only be available during the following days and time:

Monday – 9 am till 1 pm

Wednesday – 9 am till 1 pm

Friday – 9 am till 1 pm

Saturday – 9 am till 1 pm

For more information and booking, please email EventsNorthStaffs@canalrivertrust.org.uk Alternatively call 03030 404040.

Please be mindful that our staff have been instructed to remain 2 metres away from others when instigating communications and interacting with our customers. Please respect this personally safety zone.

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Rochdale Canal

Starts At: Lock 65 Alfred Street
Ends At: Lock 79 Coal Pit Middle

BOOKING INFORMATION (8.30am Tuesday 2 June 2020 until further notice)

Please be advised, due to repeated vandalism in the area, Locks 65 to Lock 79 on the Rochdale Canal is available for passage by prior arrangement only.

Padlocks have been placed on Locks 65 to Lock 79 to reduce the risk of vandalism and to ensure water resources in the surrounding areas.

Passages must be booked 24 hours in advance and are available to book Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4pm. If you require a weekend passage, please call us by 4pm on the Friday before to arrange.

Please note, this will not be an assisted passage.

To book your passage, please call the North-West Customer Support Team on 03030 404040.

Please note navigation is currently closed between Lock 61 and Lock 64, we anticipate works to be complete by 5 June. Please check the online notice for updates regarding these works.

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

BOOKING INFORMATION (9am Monday 1 June 2020 until further notice)

From 1st June until further notice passage through Kirkstall to Newlay Locks (7-13) can be booked with a minimum of 72 hours notice.

First passage is available from 9am and the last passage is 2pm daily.

Following the last passage these locks will be locked up until the following morning.

To make a booking please call 03030 404040 Monday to Friday

If you need to change your booking while the office is closed please call 0800 47 999 47.

 

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River Witham
Lock 4, Boston Lock

 

Update on 29/05/2020:

As of the 1st June, our Boston Lock Keeper will be back on duty.

Anyone wanting to travel through Boston Lock will need to contact our lock keeper on 07387 050967 and they will then arrange your passage through the lock based on tides and availability.

Please allow at least 24 hours when making your booking through the lock.

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Fradley Customer Service Facility

Friday 29 May 2020 15:00 until further notice

Type: Advice
Reason: Information


Original message:

Please be advised that the toilets in the Customers Service Facility at Fradley are not open for public use. We kindly remind our boaters who uses this facility with an access key, to lock during and after use. Please also make sure the front door is completely closed before leaving. Thank you for your co-operation.

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River Severn Navigation
Starts At: Lock 2 Gloucester Lock
Ends At: Lock 9 Lincomb Lock

RESTRICTION (3pm Monday 1 June 2020 until further notice)

To facilitate COVID-19 social distancing during passage through the River Severn locks, please be aware that restrictions on the number of boats within each lock at the same time are anticipated and this may cause short delays to your journey.

Please obey the instructions of the lock keeper and follow the government advice for handwashing after each lock passage, as we are unable to clean the rear of our lock safety rails between lock operations.

ADVICE (12noon Friday 29 May 2020 until further notice)

We are pleased to advise that from June 1st, the River Severn locks (and Gloucester & Sharpness bridges) will be available between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00.

The booking system will remain in place for the coming weeks however, due to the reduced number of staff currently available, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this time.

Please call 07795 027370 to arrange your journey, giving 24 hours notice of your plans.

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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
Location: Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
Starts At: Bridge 1 Low Level Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 24, Llanthony Lift Bridge

Update on 23/06/2020:

We are pleased to advise that we are expecting the Gloucester and Sharpness bridges to be fully manned and available on normal summer hours, from 1st July.

The River Severn Navigation will follow a few days later to allow time for staff training, which will take a little longer than usual due to Covid precautions.

Update on 28/05/2020:

We are pleased to advise that from June 1st, the Gloucester & Sharpness bridges (and River Severn locks) will be available between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

The booking system will remain in place for the coming weeks however, due to the reduced number of staff currently available, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this time.

Please call 07710 175170 to arrange your journey, giving 24 hours’ notice of your plans.

In the meantime, the bridges remain available for booked passage (with 24Hrs notice please) between 10am and 2pm.

River Severn

We are pleased to advise that from June 1st, the River Severn locks (and Gloucester & Sharpness bridges) will be available between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

The booking system will remain in place for the coming weeks however, due to the reduced number of staff currently available, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this time. Please call 07795 027370 to arrange your journey, giving 24 hours’ notice of your plans.

In the meantime, the locks remain available for booked passage (with 24Hrs notice please) between 10am and 2pm.

Please email enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk  if you would like to contact the customer support team about this notice.

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River Thames

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

As of 1 June 2020, normal time restrictions are in place on Environment Agency short stay moorings.

Update on 28/05/20:

Public power has been restored at the locks that have it installed.

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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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Kennet & Avon Canal
Location: Caen Hill Flight
Starts At: Lock 29, Devizes Lock
Ends At: Lock 44, Sir Hugh Stockwell
Up Stream Winding Hole: Above lock 50

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Saturday 23 May until 4pm Sunday 31 May 2020)

We are pleased to advise that from 23rd May, Caen Hill Flight will be available for booked passage in four  time slots each day; at 08:00, 09:30, 11:00 and 13:00.

We expect that this arrangement will see the last vessels clear the flight by 16:00.

On a trial basis, we plan to allow passage upstream on one day, and down the next, with Saturday 23rd being the first day of upstream navigation.

 

Please see below scheduled dates & times:

Saturday 23rd, Monday 25th, Wednesday 27th, Friday 29th, Sunday 31st  will be for passage upstream

and Sunday 24th, Tuesday 26th, Thursday 28th and Saturday 30th for downstream passage.

Please call 07467 330114 to make your booking.

We currently anticipate the Flight being available without booking after 1st June and will update this notice with specific arrangements after the bank holiday.During busy periods on the towpath, it is possible that diversions may be in place to take visitors to the offside of the Canal, to give both staff and visitors more space. Please observe the signage and temporary barriers when in place, as this is an important measure to help keep everyone safe.

Thanks to everyone for your understanding of these temporary measures. Please email us on enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk  if you would like to contact our customer support team about this notice.

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Fossdyke Canal
Lock 1, Torksey Lock

Update on 22/05/2020:

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister regarding the UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis, we are advising can move your boat a short distance.

We advise that your trip minimises the use of manned locks and structures.

Some of our bridges and locks are operated by staff who have been off work on furlough, until they have returned to work some of these staffed structures will be closed.

This means that passage through Torksey lock will continue to be limited and will only be available on a booked basis.

Please contact us on 0303 040 4040 or by emailing enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk to arrange passage for essential travel or short distance journeys.

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 to this crisis under constant review and may change our position according to latest government advice.

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River Trent

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

 

Update on 22/05/2020:

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister regarding the UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis, we are advising can move your boat a short distance.  We advise that your trip minimises the use of manned locks and structures.

Some of our bridges and locks are operated by staff who have been off work on furlough, until they have returned to work some of these staffed structures will be closed.

This means that passage through Cromwell lock will continue to be limited and will only be available on a booked basis.

Please contact us on 0303 040 4040 or by emailing enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk to arrange passage for essential travel or short distance journeys.

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 to this crisis under constant review and may change our position according to latest government advice.

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Chesterfield Canal
Lock Opening Times  (June – Sept)
Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock
BOOKING INFORMATION (until 9am Wednesday 30 September 2020)

Update on 21/05/2020:

Passage will be available from 1st June with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice.

This will be under constant review in the upcoming weeks and any further information or bookings information will be added.

To book your passage please call 03030 40 40 40 between office hours Monday-Friday.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal/Leigh Branch

Overnight Restrictions, Wigan,

Intersection of: Lock 89 to Lock 86 on Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Lock 1, Top Lock, Leigh Branch to Lock 2, Bottom Lock on Leigh Branch (Leeds & Liverpool Canal)

Update on 20/05/2020:

To continue to conserve water in the Wigan area, Lock 89 to Lock 86 on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Lock 1 and 2 on the Leigh Branch will be closed to navigation overnight.

Padlocks will be placed on the above locks, opened at 8am and closed at 4pm daily.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

Please be reminded we have an active notice regarding the Wigan Flight

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Sheffield & Tinsley Canal/Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations

Tinsley Flight of locks – passage

Intersection of: Lock 1 Tinsley to Lock 1 Tinsley on Sheffield & Tinsley Canal and Holmes Lock to Holmes Lock on Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations

Tinsley Flight of locks – passage

Update on 22/06/2020:

Contractors are repairing the lock quadrants and towpath around lock 7.

This notice will be updated once works have been completed.

Update on 29/05/2020:

Passage will be available from 1st June with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice.

This will be under constant review in the upcoming weeks and any further information or bookings information will be added.

To book your passage please call 03030 40 40 40 between office hours Monday-Friday.

Update on 19/05/2020:

Please note that from Monday 30 March, unless there is an emergency or boaters require passage for one of the reasons below, all our employee-operated locks, bridges and tunnels will be closed.

  • To access water or waste facilities
  • To access essential food and supplies
  • To access urgent medical treatment
  • For emergency mechanical service for your boat
  • For emergency vet treatment for your pet

Customers are asked to only move if essential to reach services and to follow government guidelines.

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Anglian Waterways

Update on 22/05/20:

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ADVICE FOR RIVER USERS

Following updated government guidance on outdoor activities, some restrictions on the private use of powered
craft for leisure cruising on the above waterways will be lifted on Saturday 23 May 2020.
Lockdown in the UK is still in force but if you are the owner of a private use powered craft, you may
now use it to take short day trips. Please check with your mooring provider as to whether they are permitting
anyone onto their site before leaving home.You must return your boat to its home mooring at the end of the
day and you cannot stay on it overnight.There are no restrictions on how far you may travel to access our
waterways in England but you must travel in your own car, alone or only with members of your own household.
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus/Covid-19.
You may meet one other person who is not a member of your household but you must travel separately,
adhere to social distancing rules and keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside your household at
all times. The Government have clearly stated that it is far too early to make fundamental changes to the social
distancing requirements in relation to the Coronavirus emergency.
To stay safe, you must take hygiene precautions when you are outside. Good hand hygiene is essential to
keep you and others safe and well. We encourage you to frequently clean your hands whilst you are on our
waterways using an appropriate hand sanitizer or soap and hot water. Please wipe touch points at locks using
sanitizing wipes or a cloth with a small amount of sanitizing gel. Do not spray cleaning fluids or water onto the
lock control buttons or panels.
During the lockdown, we had to pause most non-essential navigation activity. We have now recommenced
routine maintenance in line with government guidelines. Please adhere to all on-site instruction and signage
and exercise caution when using our sites. Be patient at busy sites and follow any instructions in place at our
assisted passage locks where delays are possible. Please do not approach lock offices on foot unless
instructed by the lock keeper. Toilets and shower facilities at our assisted locks will remain closed. When
navigating, be wary of obstructions which may have been deposited over winter and report any problems you
may encounter by ringing 0800 80 70 60.
Please make time to plan your journey and check our Navigation Notices on www.visitanglianwaterways.org.
Your craft must be properly registered for use on our waterways and you must adhere to navigation legislation
and byelaws at all times. Significant or serious breaches of the coronavirus restrictions should be reported to
the police on 101 or the local police website, as they have powers to deal with people breaking coronavirus
rules.
At this time, in line with government guidance, commercial use of our waterways (hire boats etc .) is not yet
permitted.
Please enjoy the use of the navigation in a responsible way. Stay alert and stay safe as we continue to respond
to the challenges of coronavirus.

ADVICE (Friday 15 May 2020 until further notice)

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ADVICE FOR CANOEISTS, ROWERS
AND KAYAKERS

Following updated government guidance on outdoor activities, some restrictions on the recreational use of our Waterways in England are eased with effect from 13 May 2020.
If you are a private use canoeist, rower, kayaker, or paddleboarder you may now use them to exercise on our waterways. There are no longer any restrictions on how far you may travel to access our waterways in England but you must travel in your own car, alone or only with members of your own household. Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Coronavirus/Covid-19.
You may meet one other person who is not a member of your household but you must travel separately, adhere to social distancing rules and keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times. The Government have clearly stated that it is far too early to make fundamental changes to the social distancing requirements in relation to the Coronavirus emergency.
To stay safe, you must take hygiene precautions when you are outside. Good hand hygiene is essential to keep you and others safe and well. We encourage you to frequently clean your hands
whilst you are on our waterways using an appropriate hand sanitizer. Please wipe touch points when portaging around our locks using sanitizing wipes or a cloth with a small amount of sanitizing gel. This advice should extend to the touch points on your vehicle when you return to it and you should thoroughly wash your hands and equipment as soon as you are back home.
During the lockdown, we had to pause most non-essential navigation activity. We are now starting to recommence routine maintenance in line with government guidelines. Please exercise caution when using our sites and navigating, and be wary of obstructions which may have been deposited over
winter. Please help us by reporting any such problems on 0800 80 70 60.
Your craft must be properly registered for use on our waterways and you must adhere to navigation legislation and byelaws at all times.
Significant or serious breaches of the coronavirus restrictions should be reported to the police on 101 or the local police website, as they have powers to deal with people breaking coronavirus rules.

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River Ouse

Boothferry Road Bridge

Update on 12/05/2020:

Canal & River Trust have been informed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council that as a result of the coronavirus the bridge is presently operating on reduced staffing levels. Consequently, the bridge will remain unavailable for swings for the immediate future.

Commencing Friday 15th May 09:00hrs a 24-hour booking service will be implemented. Any skipper requiring a swing after this time should contact the bridge to book a swing giving no less than 24 hrs notice.

Bridge contact details can be found here

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River Ouse

Naburn Large Lock

 

Update on 11/05/2020:

Please note that from Monday 30 March, unless there is an emergency or boaters require passage for one of the reasons below, all our employee-operated locks, bridges and tunnels will be closed.

  • To access water or waste facilities
  • To access essential food and supplies
  • To access urgent medical treatment
  • For emergency mechanical service for your boat
  • For emergency vet treatment for your pet

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Wigan Flight
Starts At: Lock 65, Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 85, Lock 21

RESTRICTION (9am Friday 3 April 2020 until further notice)

As part of efforts to tackle the Coronavirus crisis, we are asking all boaters to stop non-essential travel, in light of this, if you require essential passage through the Wigan Flight on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, please call our North West Customer Support Team on 03030 404040.

To ensure availability of our staff, we politely request customers to provide as much notice as possible.

Remember, as part of efforts to tackle the Coronavirus crisis, we are asking all boaters to stop non-essential travel, so please limit movements to access vital facilities – you can see more at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-boating-faqs

Surrounding Customer Service Facilities are as follows;

Plank Lane, Leigh Branch: Water/pump-out
Bridge 51, Trencherfield Mill, L&L: Water

Lock 86, Chapel Lane, Wigan, L&L: Elsan
Lock 65, Wigan Top Lock, L&L: Water/Elsan/Pump-out/Refuse
Bridge 78, Botany Bay, Chorley, L&L: Water/Refuse
Lock 58, Johnsons Hillock, Chorley, L&L: Water/Elsan/Pump-out/Refuse

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Selby Canal

Selby Lock 1

Update on 30/03/2020:

Please note that from Monday 30 March, unless there is an emergency or boaters require passage for one of the reasons below, all our employee-operated locks, bridges and tunnels will be closed.

  • to access water or waste facilities
  • to access essential food and supplies
  • to access urgent medical treatment
  • for emergency mechanical service for your boat
  • for emergency vet treatment for your pet

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Montgomery Canal

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

BOOKING INFORMATION (2pm Friday 27 March 2020 until further notice)

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the locks will only be operating at certain times via a booking system.

Bookings will only be available between 12noon to 2pm, Monday to Friday.

Please note online bookings has been suspended; to make a booking, please call 03030 404040.

Please be mindful that our staff have been instructed to remain 2 metres away from others when instigating communications and interacting with our customers. Please respect this personal safety zone.

An updated will be provided after the official Government review date of 14th April.

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Birmingham & Fazeley Canal

Cambrian Office – Birmingham City Centre
Water Point, Lock 1, Farmers Bridge Top

Update on 06/05/2020:

Until we receive further advice from the Government regarding Covid-19, Cambrian office will remain closed.

Update on 27/04/2020:

There is a continued closure until 11th May, in line with the next Government review date.

Update on 25/03/2020:

The office will remain closed so please continue to use the online shop.

We will update after the official Government review date of 14th April.

Original message:

This office is temporarily closed – please use the online shop to purchase pump out cards and facilities keys.

For general information please visit the Trusts FAQ’s page https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/contact-us/canal-and-river-faqs

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Harecastle Tunnel opening times

Update on 27/04/2020:

A booking system is still in place until 11th May, in line with the next Government review date.

The booking days have now been changed to:

Monday – 9am till 1pm

Friday – 9am till 1pm

Please email  EventsNorthStaffs@canalrivertrust.org.uk for more information and bookings.  Alternatively call 03030 404040

Update on 25/03/2020:

Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic the tunnel will only be operating via a booking system

Bookings will only be available during the following days and times

Monday – 9am till 1pm

Wednesday – 9am till 1pm

Friday 9am till 1pm

Please email  EventsNorthStaffs@canalrivertrust.org.uk for more information and bookings.  Alternatively call 03030 404040

Please be mindful that our staff have been instructed to remain 2 metres away from others when instigating communications and interacting with our customers. Please respect this personally safety zone.

 

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Fradley office closure
Winding Hole, Fradley Junction

Update on 06/05/2020:

Until we receive further advice from the Government regarding Covid-19, Fradley office will remain closed.

Update on 27/04/2020:

There is a continued closure until 11th May, in line with the next Government review date.

Update on 25/03/2020:

The office will remain closed so please continue to use the online shop.

We will update after the official Government review date of 14th April.

Original message:

This office is temporarily closed – please use the online shop to purchase pump out cards and facilities keys.

For general information please visit the Trusts FAQ’s page https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/contact-us/canal-and-river-faqs

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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Sharpness Tidal Basin

ADVICE (3.30pm Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice)

Please be advised that due to government guidelines regarding COVID-19 Sharpness will be closed to all leisure traffic until further notice.

For further information please contact Sharpness.portoperations@canalrivertrust.org.uk or Sharpness Pier Head 07484935596


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Stainforth & Keadby Canal
Vazon Draw Bridge
Starts At: Thorne Lock
Ends At: Keadby Lock

Update on 02/06/2020:

Network Rail have advised us that navigation from Thorne Lock to Keadby Lock will re-open from Thursday the 4th of June.

Update on 26/03/2020:

Customers are asked to only move if essential to reach services and to follow government guidance at all times.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (3.30pm Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice)

Network Rail have advised us that due to COVID-19 there is a shortage of staff to operate the bridge.

Therefore navigation from Thorne Lock to Keadby Lock is closed for navigation.

Network rail will advise when the bridge is operational again.

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River Ouse
Selby Rail Bridge

ADVICE (1pm Wednesday 20 May until 5pm Saturday 23 May 2020)

Update on 20/05/2020:

Network Rail have informed us that bridge repairs have been completed and the bridge is now available for normal operation.

RESTRICTION (11am Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice)

Due to reduced staffing levels as a result of the coronavirus Network Rail are not presently able to operate the Selby Rail Bridge.

Passage is still possible for vessels not requiring a swing.

For details of available air draft please contact the bridge operator before planning passage on 0330 8587747.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Location: Wigan Office, Trencherfield Mill, Wigan
Starts At: Bridge 51, pottery road bridge
Ends At: Lock 87

Friday 20 March 2020 08:00 until further notice

Type: Advice
Reason: Information


Original message:

Please be advised the Wigan office is closed until further notice.

For any general queries, licence renewals/advice, please call us on 03030 404040 or email enquiries.northwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm.

Should you need face to face support, please let us know by calling 03030 404040 to make an appointment.

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Grand Union Canal
Braunston, The Stop House Office

ADVICE (Wednesday 18 March 2020 until further notice)

CRT have made the difficult decision to close the Braunston Stop House office to the public until further notice and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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River Trent
Newark Office, The Kiln, NG24 1FB
The Kiln – Visitor Moorings

ADVICE (Tuesday 17 March 2020 until further notice)

Please be advised that our Newark office, NG24 1FB will not be open or available for the purchasing of facilities key, pump out cards, electricity cards from Tuesday 17 March until further notice.

 

For all enquiries, please contact our Customer Service team on 03030 404040 or email – enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

 

Alternatively, you can buy your boat license or boating essentials online.

Boat Licensing: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/buy-your-boat-licence

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Paddington Arm (Grand Union Canal)
Little Venice Office W2 6ND, Paddington Arm
Bridge 3C, Westbourne Terrace Road

Update on 23/03/2020:

Coronavirus Update

Week commencing Monday 23 March.

We’re shall be reducing customer service opening hours at Little Venice from 9-5pm to 10 to 4pm for essential boater services only (Monday to Friday)

Essential boater services provided will be kept to the purchase of pump out cards, electric cards and Trust Keys.

Please appreciate that for the safety of our customers, volunteers and Trust staff must remain our paramount concern. Please knock/ring the bell and wait for assistance.

If you have a high temperature or a new and continuous cough (even if it is mild) Please DO NOT enter this building

ADVICE (Tuesday 17 March 2020)

Please be advised that our Little Venice Office, W2 6ND will not be open or available for the purchasing of facilities key, pump out cards, electricity cards on Tuesday 17 March.

For all enquiries, please contact our Customer Service team on 03030 404040 or email – enquiries.londonsoutheast@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Alternatively you can buy your boat license or boating essentials online.

Boat Licensing

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/buy-your-boat-licence

Go to our online shop here:

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/boating-services/the-shop

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Grand Union Canal

Licences and purchasing of boaters facilities, Milton Keynes Office

ADVICE (Tuesday 17 March 2020)

Please be advised that London & South East Milton Keynes customer service team will not be available for licensing and purchasing of facilities key, pump out cards, electricity cards on Tuesday 17 March.

For all enquiries, please contact our Customer Service team on 03030 404040 or email – enquiries.londonsoutheast@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Alternatively you can buy your boat license or boating essentials online.

Boat Licensing

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/buy-your-boat-licence

Go to our online shop here:

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/boating-services/the-shop

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

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 (1pm Friday 27 March until 9.30am Saturday 31 October 2020)

GETTING TO LIVERPOOL YOUR WAY

Book your stay in Liverpool on our visitor mooring in Salthouse Dock, with access via the Liverpool Canal Link all here on our website! You can 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.

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.

Stanley Lock flight, Prince’s Lock and Mann Island Lock are all customer operated with roving lock keepers and volunteers available for guidance. Times of operating the Stanley Lock flight are;

  • 8:00am – 9:30am from Mann Island travelling out of Liverpool Docks on to the Leeds and Liverpool canal
  • 1pm – 4pm travelling from the Leeds and Liverpool canal in to Liverpool Docks

The Stanley Lock flight will be padlocked outside these hours. Please note passages are daily, with no passages available on Tuesdays.

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 have enabled customer operation, with no assistance required.

Stay in Salthouse Dock is free for up to 7 nights with extra nights costing just £20 per night. 2020 passages are now available to book, open from 27 March 2020 till 31 October 2020.

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

To see more information, including the Liverpool Link Skipper’s Guide, click here.

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Summer opening hours 2020 Bingley 3 & 5 Rise Locks
Starts At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 22, Bingley 3 Rise Bottom Lock

Update on 26/03/2020:

Customers are asked to only move if essential to reach services and to follow government guidance at all times.

BOOKING INFORMATION (8am Monday 16 March until 3pm Saturday 31 October 2020)

Through the 2020 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 3:00pm, due to the reduced daylight hours.

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Shropshire Union Canal
ELLESMERE PORT PASSAGE ON/OFF SHROPSHIRE UNION CANAL
Starts At:
Lock 1, Whitby Bottom Wide Lock

Update on 03/03/2020:

To have the bridge swung please ring Civic Way reception, on 0151 356 6612

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