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Last update: 1st April 2020

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Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Starts At: Bridge 2 High Level Bridge
Ends At: Lock 2 Gloucester Lock

Update on 31/03/2020:

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 only between 10:00 and 14:00 for essential boat movements

Booking will be required by all vessels wishing to move through bridges on the canal 24hrs in advance but customers are asked to only move if essential to reach services and to follow government guidance at all times.

If you wish to make a booking please contact 07710 175 170

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

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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 before expecting the bridge to be opened.

Purton – 01453 811384

Patch/Cambridge – 01453 890324

Fretherne/Sandfield – 01452 740582

Splatt – 01452 740578

Parkend/Sellars – 01452 720016

Junction – 01452 740444

Rea/Sims – 01452 501994

Llanthony/Hempstead – 01452 312143

Gloucester Lock – 01452 310832

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River Trent
Lock 8, Holme Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (Tuesday 31 March 2020 until further notice)

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister (8.30pm, 23 March 2020) regarding the UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis, we are asking leisure boaters to stop all non-essential travel and not to visit their boats if they do not live aboard permanently.

This means that passage through Holme lock will be limited to essential movement to reach facilities or relocate, 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 only.

Please note that passage will only be possible on Mondays and Fridays between the hours of 11:00 and 13:00. You must book by 16:00 the day before you wish to travel through the locks.

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 (March-April)

Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

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

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

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River Ouse

Naburn Large Lock

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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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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Sheffield & Tinsley Canal/Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations

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

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

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

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Stainforth & Keadby Canal

Keadby Lock (March-April)

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

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

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River Thames and River Kennet

Marsh, Hambleden, Cookham and Teddington Locks

RESTRICTION (Monday 30 March 2020 until further notice)

The government has put in to place restrictions across the whole of the United Kingdom to slow the spread of Coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives. These restrictions to our locks aim to minimise contact, and stop all non-essential travel to slow the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information added: some services will be restricted until further notice. We will not provide assisted passage or powered operation at locks. If you need to go through a lock, you will need to hand wind it.

For boaters on the non-tidal Thames specifically, there are some additional important points to note:

 

  • In order to protect our staff, all areas of our locksites which members of the public do not need to access to operate the lock or use facilities such as fresh water points, will be closed. This includes all campsites and lock and weir fishing sites.
  • Customers wishing to use our pump-out facilities at Eynsham, Abingdon, Mapledurham, Shiplake and Boveney locks should email WaterwaysThames@environment-agency.gov.uk giving as much notice as possible, stating which lock they intend to visit, and provide a contact telephone. A member of our Waterways team will call them back to discuss how this will be arranged. Pump-out facilities at all other sites are currently unavailable and we apologise for this inconvenience. Please note: the WaterwaysThames email inbox is monitored during normal business hours from Monday to Friday. It is not monitored at weekends.
  • To discourage non-essential movement of boats, all locks will be hand-wind only. As our locks at Hambleden and Cookham do not have hand-wind operation, these locks are closed until further notice. We will issue a Harbour Master’s Notice to this effect shortly.
  • As a result of the prolonged (and continuing) period of strong stream conditions, a considerable number of hazard marker buoys have been moved out of position. In addition, river and weather conditions may have created new hazards. We would normally carry out a survey of all reaches at the earliest opportunity once river conditions make it safe to do so, to reposition marker buoys and install them where we identify new hazards, until such time as we can deal with them. We cannot currently do this, or carry out operations to remove hazards. Therefore, not only should all movement be restricted to essential journeys only, such journeys must be carried out with extreme caution.
  • We know that there are hazards blocking the navigation at Sunbury and Marsh locks, which are both closed until further notice.
  • In addition, hazards are restricting use of both Temple Lock and Clifton Lock. More information on these can be found at http://riverconditions.environment-agency.gov.uk/ where we will also post information on any further service issues.
  • Teddington Lock is also closed, but we will consider providing a hand-wind service for short periods to enable essential journeys only. Any requests which we deem to be non-essential will be declined. Boaters requiring to transit Teddington Lock should email  WaterwaysThames@environment-agency.gov.uk with their contact details. A member of our Teddington Lock team will then be in touch. We will issue a Harbour Master’s Notice shortly. Please note: the WaterwaysThames email inbox is monitored during normal business hours from Monday to Friday. It is not monitored at weekends.

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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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Anglian Waterways (All Navigations)

URGENT ADVICE (Friday 27 March until at least 14 April 2020)

Following the Prime Ministers announcement on 23 March
2020 about the UK’s heightened response to the
Coronavirus emergency, EA has taken the difficult
decision to introduce limits to the use of its waterways to
protect staff and customers.

From 4pm on Friday 27th March 2020 the following lock
sites where we provide assisted passage will be severely
restricted and limited until further notice for all non-
essential travel. If you believe you need passage for
essential reasons please contact the Waterways Duty
Officer via our incident number any time on: 0800 80 70
60.
 South Ferriby Lock on the River Ancholme;
 Black Sluice Lock on the Black Sluice Navigation at Boston;
 Fulney Lock on the River Welland in Spalding;
 Dog-in-a-Doublet Lock on the River Nene;
 Denver Lock at Denver on the Ely Ouse / Tidal River Great Ouse and;
 Hermitage Lock, Earith on the River Great Ouse (Bedford Ouse).

Please be aware however that there are likely to be significant delays to facilitating boat movements due to the limited availability of staff resources at this time.

Please make sure you return to your home mooring, or to a point of safe mooring, before these lock site restrictions come into effect.

As we are sure you can appreciate these are unprecedented times and these steps have been taken following recent government advice. We will keep these restrictions under
constant review in the light of the developing situation and any further advice received from Government, however we expect them to be in place until at least 14 April 2020.

For further information please contact the Environment Agency via email; enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk in the first instance.

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Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations

Aldwarke Lock – Assisted Passage

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

Update on 26/03/2020:

Assisted passage will now be available on Monday, Wednesday & Friday between 10am and 12pm giving 24 hours notice.

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Kennet & Avon Canal

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

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (10am Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further notice)

Please be advised that as part of our response to Covid-19, we have taken the decision to close Caen Hill Flight between locks 29 and 44, with last boats being admitted at 10am.

This will help us to ensure that available staff are kept safe and only deployed to most critical tasks.

We appreciate customers’ understanding at this difficult time and invite you to contact call our Customer
Service Team on 03030404040 or email enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk if you would like to discus this notice.

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Fossdyke Canal
Lock 1, Torksey Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further notice)

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister (8.30pm, 23 March 2020) regarding the UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis, we are asking leisure boaters to stop all non-essential travel and not to visit their boats if they do not live aboard permanently.

This means that passage through Torksey lock will be limited to essential movement to reach facilities or relocate, 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 only.

Please note that we require one working days’ notice to arrange passage through the lock.

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

BOOKING INFORMATION (Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further notice)

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister (8.30pm, 23 March 2020) regarding the UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis, we are asking leisure boaters to stop all non-essential travel and not to visit their boats if they do not live aboard permanently.

This means that passage through Foxton locks will be limited to essential movement to reach facilities or relocate, 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 only.

Please note that passage will only be possible Monday to Friday between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00. You must book by 16:00 the day before you wish to travel through the locks.

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

BOOKING INFORMATION (Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further notice)

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister (8.30pm, 23 March 2020) regarding the UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis, we are asking leisure boaters to stop all non-essential travel and not to visit their boats if they do not live aboard permanently.

This means that passage through Watford locks will be limited to essential movement to reach facilities or relocate, 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 only.

Please note that passage will only be possible Monday to Friday between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00. You must book by 16:00 the day before you wish to travel through the locks.

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

BOOKING INFORMATION (Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further notice)

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister (8.30pm, 23 March 2020) regarding the UK’s response to the coronavirus crisis, we are asking leisure boaters to stop all non-essential travel and not to visit their boats if they do not live aboard permanently.

This means that passage through Cromwell lock will be limited to essential movement to reach facilities or relocate, 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 only.

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

 


Birmingham & Fazeley Canal

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

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 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.

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

 

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Fradley office closure
Winding Hole, Fradley Junction

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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River Severn Navigation

Lincomb Lock to Gloucester
Starts At: Lock 2 Gloucester Lock
Ends At: Br.28 Stourport Marina Bridge

RESTRICTION (Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice)

Please be advised that due to Covid-19 the following restrictions will be in place for the whole River Severn Navigation.

The Navigation will be open for essential travel between 10:00 and 14:00 by booking only 24hrs in advance on 07795 027370.

Please call our Customer Service Team on 0303 040 4040 or email enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk if you would like to discuss this notice.

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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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Weaver Navigation

Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich

RESTRICTION (1pm Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice)

Due to recent social distancing measures, we will be reducing the number of passages through the Anderton Boat Lift. This is to ensure we only have the minimum numbers of staff on site to protect ourselves, and our visitors.
Passage will only be available between 10am and 2.15pm – 7 days a week.
Where possible, please book your passage online (we have waived the administration fee for long term licence holders)
We also have staff monitoring emails and telephones during these hours if you require any further information.

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

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

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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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Summer opening hours 2020 Newlay, Forge and Kirkstall Locks
Starts At: Lock 13, Newlay Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 7, Kirkstall Little 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 Newlay to Kirkstall Locks.

To help us manage boats and water resources effiiciently, we are asking customers to plan their passages using the following information.

Passages down through these locks in the morning between 08:00am-12:00pm (last entry).

Passages up through these locks in the afternoon from 1:00pm with last entry at 4:00pm.

As from the 1st October, the last entry to 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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River Nene

Dog-in-a-Doublet Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (until Friday 1 May 2020)

Please be aware due to short-term staffing issues the Dog in a Doublet Lock during the dates stated, all planned passages must be pre-booked through the Waterways Duty Officer on 07384 249151 with at least 24 hours’ notice.
When booking passage, boaters are to state if they need to purchase an Environment Agency Visitor’s Registration.
All vessels must be registered through the Environment Agency to use our Waterways.
Boats are to be insured and have a valid Boat Safety Certificate, proof of which will be requested at time of sale. Passage will only be granted when this requirement has been satisfied. Short term visitor’s registrations can also be purchased over the phone by calling the Boat Registration Team on 03708 506506 and asking for a visitor’s registration.
Exceptionally those vessels in possession of a CRT Gold Licence are already covered and this does not apply.

For further information, please call the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Waterways team in the Lincolnshire & Northamptonshire area

 

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal

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

Update on 02/01/2020:

Please be advised, following the repairs to Lock 86, the ongoing Wigan Flight opening times apply to Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight) and Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) only.

Lock 86 is open without restriction.

As a reminder, the Wigan Flight opening times are as follows;

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

Lock 65 and Lock 85 will be padlocked outside these hours.

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Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line:

Overnight Access – Goole Visitor Moorings

ADVICE (3.15pm Thursday 12 December 2019 until further notice)

The access gate to Goole Visitor Moorings is currently locked overnight from 10pm and is reopened at 6am.

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Tidal River

Salters Lode

ADVICE (Thursday 5 December 2019 until further notice)

Due to siltation issues on the tidal River Great Ouse, passage through Salters Lode Lock is currently being restricted and is likely to be possible only on higher tides within the tidal cycle.

Please contact the Salters Lode Lock keeper as usual as far in advance as possible of any planned locking. They will advise on which tides and dates are the most viable for passage.

Please note that until Emergency Works can be undertaken to clear the obstructions that have formed this winter, this advice will remain in place and could affect journeys that travel via Salters Lode Lock.

For further information please call the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Great Ouse Waterways team.

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Montgomery Canal

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

OPENING TIMES (until 2pm Monday 30 March 2020)

Frankton Locks are operated from 12-2pm daily. Booking required 48hrs prior to passage during winter period.

Book online at canalrivertrust.org.uk or via Customer Services on

03030 40 40 40

Please note:

Graham Palmer lock is closed for repairs for winter stoppage from 3/2/2020 – 6/3/2020

Only boats with a booking will be allowed passage through the locks.

Customers are advised that there is a maximum of 12 boats allowed down the locks and 12 boats allowed up the locks in any one day and booking well in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

There is a minimum of 1 night and a maximum of 14 nights stay.

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River Nene

Wellingborough Embankment

ADVICE (until 31 March 2020)

As per the annual winter shutdown, the Elsan, pump-out and
water point at Wellingborough Embankment will not be in
operation 1 November 2019 to 31 March 2020 (inclusive).


 

 


 

 

 


Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)
Starts At: Fixed Weir 1, Watford Towpath Weir
Ends At: Lock 7

OPENING TIMES (until Sunday 29 March 2020)

To maximise the available water, the Trust is taking sensible precaution of locking Watford Locks up overnight.

This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses and allow back pumps more time to transfer water onto the Leicester Summit.

Therefore, between 28th October and the 29th March the flight will be unlocked between 9:00am and 3:30pm, the last boat through the lock will be at 2:45pm.

Please ensure you have booked with the Lock Keeper before entering the flight, the Lock Keeper will be either on the lock flight or in the Lock Keepers hut at the top of the lock flight.

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