Opening Times

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Last update: 19th February 2021

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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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Trent & Mersey Canal
Harecastle Tunnel
Up Stream Winding Hole: Macclesfield Junction
Down Stream Winding Hole: Harecastle Tunnel South Portal

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (Monday 22 February until Sunday 28 February 2021)

Harecastle Tunnel will be closed from Monday 22nd February to Sunday 28th February 2021 due to inspection of the rescue boat. The tunnel will re-open on Monday 1st March 2021 operating the summer timetable.

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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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Weaver Navigation
Anderton Boat Lift

Update on 08/02/2021:

We are pleased to advise our mechanical and electrical engineers have carried out a successful repair to the flood damaged components on Anderton Boat Lift. A completed satisfactory testing has been carried out of the lift over the weekend.

The defective water pumps remain with a specialist contractor, however we have installed a temporary solution which will allow us to operate the lift.

From Wednesday 10 February, the lift will operate one morning a week, for essential travel purposes only, first passage 10am.

Bookings can be made via your online account or by calling the North West Customer Support Team on 03030 404040 (Monday – Thursday 8:30am-5pm, Friday 8:30am – 4.30pm).

An update will be provided Friday 12 February.

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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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Birmingham & Fazeley Canal
Cambrian Office – Birmingham City Centre
Cambrian Wharf

ADVICE (8am Monday 4 January 2021 until further notice)

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

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Grand Union Canal
Thames Lock Bookings, Christmas 2020
Starts At: Lock 101B, Thames Lock (Boat yard side)
Ends At: Lock 101A, Thames Lock (House side)

Update on 21/12/2020:

Following the English Governments’ announcements on 19 December of a four-tier system in England, we are updating our guidance.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-boating-faqs

Thames Lock Essential Travel

From 20 December you should not be making short trips or breaks on your boat for leisure purposes, these are classed as non-essential journeys.

We will endeavour to honour all bookings but please be advised that we may need to cancel arrangements due to our ongoing staffing shortages as a result of the pandemic.

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Fossdyke Canal
Lock 1, Torksey Lock

Update on 07/01/2021:

From Tuesday 5 January, passage through Torksey 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 numbers below.

 

 

M: 07884238781

LL: 01427 718202

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.

Update on 23/12/2020:

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

M: 07884238781

LL: 01427 718202

Passage though the lock 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.

Update on 01/12/2020:

Once national restrictions come to an end on 2 December Torksey Lock will sit within a tier 3 area.

Passage though the 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 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.

We are keeping our response 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 07/01/2021:

From Tuesday 5 January, passage through Cromwell 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 numbers below.

M – 07887754485

LL – 01636 821213

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.

Update on 23/12/2020:

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

M – 07887754485

LL – 01636 821213

Passage though the lock 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.

 

Update on 01/12/2020:

Once national restrictions come to and end on 2 December Cromwell Lock will sit within a tier 3 area.

Passage though the 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 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.

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

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River Witham
Lock 4, Boston Lock

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.

Update on 23/12/2020:

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

M – 07387050967

Passage though the lock 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.

Update on 01/12/2020:

Once national restrictions come to an end on 2 December Boston Lock will sit within a tier 3 area.

Passage through the 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 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.

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

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Grand Union Canal
Blisworth Tunnel

Booking Information

Update on 07/01/2021:

From Tuesday 5 January, Blisworth Tunnel will be open only for emergencies and to access essential services such as water, pump out or waste.

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.

Passage for the above reasons is available Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Please call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email us at enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Update on 17/12/2020:

Please note that passage through Blisworth tunnel between 24/12/2020 & 02/01/2020 must be requested by 16:30 on 23/12/2020.

Following the lifting on national restrictions on 2 December, Braunston Tunnel will be operating as normal.

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.

Passage for the above reasons is available Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Bookings can be made using the online licensing portal.

Alternatively, call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email us at enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Update on 01/12/2020:

Following the lifting on national restrictions on 2 December, Blisworth Tunnel will be operating as normal.

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.

Passage for the above reasons is available Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Bookings can be made using the online licensing portal.

Alternatively, call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email us at enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

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Grand Union Canal
Braunston Tunnel

Booking Information

Update on 07/01/2021:

From Tuesday 5 January, Braunston Tunnel will be open only for emergencies and to access essential services such as water, pump out or waste.

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.

Passage for the above reasons is available Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Please call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email us at enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Update on 17/12/2020:

Please note that passage through Braunston tunnel between 24/12/2020 & 02/01/2020 must be requested by 16:30 on 23/12/2020.

Following the lifting on national restrictions on 2 December, Braunston Tunnel will be operating as normal.

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.

Passage for the above reasons is available Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Bookings can be made using the online licensing portal.

Alternatively, call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email us at enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Update on 01/12/2020:

Following the lifting on national restrictions on 2 December, Braunston Tunnel will be operating as normal.

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the tunnel must book passage.

Passage for the above reasons is available Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.

Bookings can be made using the online licensing portal.

Alternatively, call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email us at enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk

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

BOOKING INFORMATION (until Sunday 28 March 2021)

Update on 05/01/2021:

Following the announcement of new national restrictions on 04/01/2021, passage through the Foxton flight continues to be permitted only when booked in advance.

Passage will only be possible for essential travel as outlined on our FAQ’s linked below.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-boating-faqs

Update on 17/12/2020:

Please note that passage through the Foxton flight between 24/12/2020 & 02/01/2020 must be requested by 16:30 on 23/12/2020.

As Foxton Locks sits in a tier 3 area passage is currently only permitted on a booked basis.

Apologies for any confusion caused by the previous update.

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 10:00 and 14:00. You must book before 12:00 the working day before you wish to travel through the locks.

You will not be able to book passage on site and must book advance using the contact details above.

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

Update on 01/12/2020:

Following the lifting of national restrictions Foxton Locks will now operate under normal winter opening hours.

From the 02 December 2020 until 28 March 2021 the flight will be manned from 09:00 until 15:30 with the last boat in at 2:45pm, 7 days a week.

These opening times will be kept under constant review and may change according to the latest government advice.

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

Update on 05/01/2021:

Following the announcement of new national restrictions on 04/01/2021, passage through the Watford flight will be permitted only when booked in advance.

Passage will only be possible for essential travel as outlined on our FAQ’s linked below.

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-boating-faqs

Update on 21/12/2020:

Please note that the Watford Flight will be closed for passage on Friday 25/12/2020. Over the rest of the Christmas period the flight will be open as per the winter opening hours below.

Following the lifting of national restrictions the Watford Flight will now operate under normal winter opening hours.

From the 02 December 2020 until 28 March 2021 the flight will be manned from 09:00 until 15:30 with the last boat in at 2:45pm, 7 days a week.

These opening times will be kept under constant review and may change according to the latest government advice.

BOOKING INFORMATION (until Sunday 28 March 2021)

Update on 01/12/2020:

Following the lifting of national restrictions the Watford Flight will now operate under normal winter opening hours.

From the 02 December 2020 until 28 March 2021 the flight will be manned from 09:00 until 15:30 with the last boat in at 2:45pm, 7 days a week.

These opening times will be kept under constant review and may change according to the latest government advice.

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Chesterfield Canal
Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock#

Update on 18/12/2020:

Christmas and New Year Period –

The locks are open every day over this period except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, from 9am to 12noon as usual. Customers must book before 3pm on 23rd December to guarantee a passage booking.

You can book online – Book your passage online here

If you have any questions, please call us on 0303 040 4040.

OPENING TIMES (8am Tuesday 1 December until 4pm Thursday 31 December 2020)

8am-4pm

  • The above Lock keeping hours are based on serviceable tides
  • For enquiries please telephone West Stockwith Lock on 01427 890204

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Stainforth & Keadby Canal
Keadby Lock

Update on 18/12/2020:

Please note that Keadby Lock will be closed from the 25th until the 27th of December.

OPENING TIMES (8am Tuesday 1 December until 4pm Thursday 31 December 2020)

8am-4pm

  • · Actual lock penning times vary depending on a number of factors including weather conditions, river level and predicted tide height.
  • · Skippers of all craft wishing to book passage should contact the lock keeper at least 24hrs in advance for advice on optimum passage times by calling Keadby Lock on 07733 124611
  • · All times quoted above are local times and have been adjusted to BST where appropriate

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

 

BOOKING INFORMATION (Friday 6 November 2020 until 6pm Wednesday 31 March 2021)

 

Winter Season 2020 / 2021

Booking is required 48 hours prior to passage. Opening Times:  9am –  12 noon daily.

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.

Please arrive at the locks anytime between 9am and 12 noon. There will no passage outside of the opening times.

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Anglian Waterways

All navigations

Update for waterway users – 23 December 2020
From Saturday 19 December, Government introduced a new tier 4 alert level which covers
London, much of the South East and some of the East of England. This means that higher
levels of restrictions are now in place for these areas.
The latest government guidance on the tier system, including a postcode checker for the
current tier of any location, can be found at Find coronavirus local restrictions.

What this means for our waterways
The tier system sets out what activity can be undertaken in each area.
For waterways in tier 1: Travel on waterways is permitted and overnight stays are permitted
with your household, support bubble or up to six people
For waterways in tier 2: Travel on waterways is permitted and overnight stays with your
household or support bubble are permitted
For waterways in tier 3: Travel on waterways is permitted. If you live outside a tier 3 area, you
should avoid overnight stays in a tier 3 area unless necessary for work, education or similar
reasons. You should avoid travelling into or out of a tier 3 or tier 4 area to visit your boat.
For waterways in tier 4: 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. You should stay local where possible and not travel outside of a tier 4 area.
Travelling to maintain your boat is permitted in and between tiers 1 and 2; and within tier 3 only.
You should not visit a tier 3 or 4 area from another tier or travel from a tier 3 or 4 area to
another tier to visit your boat. Travel to maintain your boat is not permitted in tier 4.
If you are not able to travel to your boat to display your registration plate because of these
restrictions, please don’t worry, just do this when Government restrictions allow.
Paddle sports, rowing and sailing are permitted for all tiers subject to social contact rules
specified for each tier.

Our service at this time
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 this year. This may include some asset closures for
maintenance. Our level of service in tier 4 may be affected by staff who are vulnerable and
need to shield. This means some tasks may not be carried out, including assisted passage at
some locks, however wherever possible we will maintain essential services and facilities for
those boaters who live aboard or who have to make essential journeys.

At the short stay moorings we own or manage in tier 3 or 4 areas, we will continue to lift time
restrictions to assist those who live aboard their boats so they can access essential services.
However, time restrictions will resume in all other tiers.
Many parts of the waterways we manage now fall into either tier 3 or tier 4. So please check the
full list of local restrictions to see how your area, or the area you would like to visit, is affected at
Local restriction tiers: what you need to know.
We will continue to update our guidance as the national situation develops so please do keep
checking the guidance via this link for the latest information on tier restrictions. We remain
committed to doing this and making the information available on this page.

 

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

 

Update on 05/11/2020:

The Greeter volunteers have now finished for the Winter and the Fradley office remains closed so, for purchases of pump-out cards or facilities keys, please use the on-line shop.

 

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Rochdale Canal
Tuel Lane Locks – Winter Opening Times 2020/2021
Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 3/4

BOOKING INFORMATION (10am Friday 6 November 2020 until 2pm Thursday 18 March 2021)

From 06 November 2020 to 18 March 2021 Tuel Lane Locks (1-4) can be booked with a minimum of 48 hours notice.

During this time our volunteer team will be available to provide passage through Tuel Lane Locks from 10:00-14:00 Monday to Friday only.

Christmas & New Year:

Please be advised that all the above locks will be closed to passage on 24 & 25 December 2020 and 31 December 2020 & 01 January 2021.

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.

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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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Weaver Navigation
Anderton Boat Lift

Update on 26/10/2020:
Winter Operating Hours will commence on Monday 2 November 2020 and run to, and inclusive of, Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Passage will be available on Monday and Fridays only between the hours of 10am and 2.30pm. The operating times are as follows:

Up
Down
10:00
2x boats Weaver to T&M

10:45
2x boats Weaver to T&M
2x boats T&M to Weaver
11:30
2x boats Weaver to T&M
2x boats T&M to Weaver
13:00
2x boats Weaver to T&M
2x boats T&M to Weaver
13:45
2x boats Weaver to T&M
2x boats T&M to Weaver
14:30

2x boats T&M to Weaver
Please note, 1 x wide beam is the equivalent to 2 x narrowboats.

All passages must be booked in advance and 48 hours’ notice is required.

Bookings can be made via your online account or by calling the North West Customer Support Team on 03030 404040 (Monday – Thursday 8:30am-5pm, Friday 8:30am – 4.30pm)

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. Failure to have these in place may result in a delay to your booking and losing your preferred time and day.

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.

For the safety of Trust employees and members of the public we will be operating within social distancing guidelines and we ask that you always follow the advice given from the Lift Operators during your passage.

Please note the following closures:

There is a stoppage for the planned annual winter maintenance on the Lift from Monday 30 November to, and inclusive of, Friday 14 December 2020. No passages will be available during this time.

We will be operating the Lift on Wednesday 23 December 2020 which will be our last passage day before the Christmas period. We will reopen on Monday 4 January 2021. No passages will be available during this time.

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Stainforth & Keadby Canal

Passage through Bramwith Lock

ADVICE (until 6pm Friday 29 January 2021)

Due to the temporary works being carried out on Bramwith Lock, the large Lock is not available for self-operation for the duration of these works.

Any Craft requiring passage that exceeds 63ft must book passage by calling 0303 040 4040 Monday-Friday between 9:00-17:00 giving at least 24 hours notice.

ADVICE (10am Monday 2 November 2020 until further notice)

Due to the on-going repair works at Bramwith Lock please call 0303 040 4040 Monday- Friday between 9:00 and 17:00 for assistance and safe passage through the Lock.

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River Nene

Wellingborough Embankment

ADVICE (Sunday 1 November 2020 until 31 March 2021)

As per the annual winter shutdown, the Elsan, pump-out and
water point at Wellingborough Embankment will not be in
operation 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2021 (inclusive).

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Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Winter Opening Hours 2020/2021 Bingley 3 & 5 Rise & Newlay Forge & Kirkstall Locks
Starts At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 7, Kirkstall Little Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (9am Sunday 1 November 2020 until 1pm Sunday 14 March 2021)

From 1st November 2020 to 14th March 2021 Bingley Three & Five Rise locks and 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 1pm daily.

Following the last daily passage these locks will be locked up.

Christmas & New Year:

Please be advised that all the above locks will be closed to passage on the 25th & 26th December 2020 and the 1st of January 2021.

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

 

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River Ouse
Naburn Large Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (6am Sunday 1 November 2020 until further notice)

Naburn Lock Operating Times:

Operating before HW: 3hrs

Operating after HW: 4.5hrs

Booking: 24hr advanced booking required in winter period. Advisory 24hr booking in summer. Please contact lock keeper on 01904 728500.

Summer operating times: 06:00 to 22:00 – Last week in Feb to Mid Oct

Winter operating times: 06:00 to 22:00 (1st daylight tide only) – Mid Oct to last week in Feb

Comments: End of tidal section of River Ouse

Details of Lock Keeper shift times for Naburn lock are now available to view on the Canal & River Trust website.

You can view the shift times here:

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/where-we-work/yorkshire-and-north-east/lock-keeper-shift-tide-times

All locks are mechanically operated and manned during the operating times detailed above. All lock operations are managed by Canal & River Trust lock keepers, self-penning is not possible at the above lock.

Canal & River Trust are not an emergency service but will assist any user in need of help where possible. Any vessel requiring emergency assistance should call the emergency services on 999 and ask for the coastguard. Canal & River Trust provide a 24hr call system to deal with emergency operational issues. First Response can be contacted on 0800 4799947

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Rochdale Canal

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

 

Update on 23/10/2020:

Please be advised we have removed the padlocks from Lock 65 and Lock 79 on the Rochdale Canal. Customers no longer need to book passage and navigation is free flowing.

To help conserve water in the area, please share locks where possible and unless signage is displayed advising otherwise. Please ensure paddles are fully closed once you have passed through a lock. It’s helpful to aim for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open when passing through, pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.

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River Weaver Navigation

 

From Monday 2 November through till March 2021, the four main locks on the Weaver Navigation: Vale Royal, Hunts, Saltersford and Dutton Locks are available for passage by prior arrangement only.
Passages must be booked 48 hours in advance and are available to book Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm only. No weekend passages available.
Please note, the locks close for bookings at 4pm on Thursday 24 December and will open again on Monday 4 January 2021.
To book your passage from 2 November, please call 03030 404040 and speak with the North-West Customer Support Team.

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Kennet & Avon Canal
Caen Hill Flight,
Starts At: Lock 29, Devizes Lock
Ends At: Lock 44, Sir Hugh Stockwell
Up Stream Winding Hole: KA-086-024 Devizes Wharf 72 Foot Winding Hole
Down Stream Winding Hole: KA-090-004 Lock 23, Foxhangers Lock

OPENING TIMES (Thursday 1 October 2020 until 1pm Wednesday 31 March 2021)

Caen Hill Flight – Opening Hours for 2020-21

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

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

Please do not moor between locks 44 and 29.

If you require any further  information please contact us on enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk should there be any aspect you would like to discuss.

In the case of an out of hours emergency please ring – Freephone Canals on 08004799947

 

 

 

 

 

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Chesterfield Canal
Lock Opening Times – West Stockwith Lock (October- April)
Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (9.30am Wednesday 30 September 2020 until 4pm Friday 30 April 2021)

Lock keeper shift times are 8am – 4pm.

The above Lock keeping hours are based on serviceable tides.

Could skippers of crafts please phone the West Stockwith Lock  24 hours in advance on 01427 890204 for passage.

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Stainforth & Keadby Canal
Keadby Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (9am Wednesday 30 September 2020 until 4pm Friday 30 April 2021)

Lock keeper shift times are from 8am – 4pm.

Skippers of all craft wishing to book passage should contact the lock keeper at least 24 hours in advance for advice on optimum passage times by calling Keadby Lock on 07733 124611.

Lock penning times vary depending on a number of factors including weather conditions, river level and predicted tide height.

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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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Trent & Mersey Canal
Harecastle Tunnel opening times

Update on 20/10/2020:

Please be advised that the summer season timetable ends on Saturday 31st October. There will be no passage on Sunday 1st November. The first day of tunnel passage in the winter season is Monday 2nd November. Please refer to this notice for winter opening times:- https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/18623-harecastle-tunnel-winter-opening-times-202021

Update on 11/08/2020:

In order to manage your booking as efficiently as possible could you please provide the following when emailing your booking request:

Boat name

Index number

Direction of travel (Northbound Westport to Kidsgrove, Southbound Kidsgrove to Westport)

Please book in advance where possible as passages are limited.

 

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Oxford Canal

RESTRICTION (10am Friday 14 August 2020 until further notice)

Reservoir holdings in the South Oxford Canal are lower than usual for this time of year.
To maximise the available water, the Trust is taking the precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow back pumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Pound onto the Oxford Summit.
Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.
The locks will be open between 10am to 5pm – 7 days a week
[last entry on the flight 4pm]

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Oxford Canal

Bridge 205, Mill lift Bridge, South Oxford Canal

Update on 05/08/2020:

Navigation at this bridge will be restricted to the following times each day until further notice

10am to 11am

2pm to 3pm

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

Update on 28/07/2020:

For anyone requiring passage through Tuel Lane Lock on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday please note we require at least 24 hours notice so we can arrange for the team to be onsite to facilitate this. Please also note our revised hours of operations during the week:

 

Monday; Friday; Saturday – 8am-4pm

Sunday: 10am-4pm

Tuesday; Wednesday & Thursday; 9am-3pm

Please make contact with the team on 0303 0404040.

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Worcester & Birmingham Canal

Diglis New Sanitary Station

ADVICE (10.30am Tuesday 28 July 2020 until further notice)

The toilet at this facility is closed until further notice, due to ongoing vandalism. Sorry for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.

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Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Low water levels at Lock 1 East, Stanley Dawson Lock

Update on 22/07/2020:

Lock 1E is operational, however due to fluctuating water levels passage through the lock requires booking. Please contact us on 0303 0404040 to arrange passage during the hours of 0800-1600.

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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 17/07/2020:

We have had significant and sustained rainfall in the North West over the last couple of weeks which has improved our reservoir holdings sufficiently to ensure we have enough water for the remainder of the boating season.

We are pleased to advise, from Monday 27 July, we will remove the operating times and padlocks from the Marple and Bosley Lock Flights along the Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals.

Until Monday 27 July, the Marple and Bosley Flights will continue to operate 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

We would ask all boaters to help us manage our water efficiently by, where possible, ensuring all paddles are left down and locked.

Please note, we will continue to monitor the situation and will reintroduce operating times as necessary to conserve water.

 

 

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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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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 – Non-tidal

update on 31/07/20:

We are now able to offer assisted passage at all locks except Boulters Lock in Maidenhead, subject to staff availability. Short period and unpowered boat registrations can now be purchased at Caversham, Sonning and Teddington Locks. Information on sewage pump-out availability has been updated.

Update on 27/07/2020:

Update on using the locks: Boulters and Bray locks will not offer assisted passage. All other locks have measures in place to offer assisted passage, subject to staff availability.

Update on 03/07/2020:

Assisted passage

EA now have measures in place to provide assisted passage at 31 locks along the non-tidal River Thames. These are: St Johns, Grafton, Radcot, Northmoor, Shifford, Pinkhill, Eynsham, Kings, Osney, Abingdon, Culham, Clifton, Days, Benson, Cleeve, Goring, Whitchurch, Caversham, Blakes, Sonning, Marsh, Hambleden, Marlow, Boveney, Romney, Old Windsor, Bell Weir, Penton Hook, Chertsey, Shepperton and Teddington. Special arrangements are in place for Teddington, as outlined here.

Measures include from 1 July until the end of September, a further 10 seasonal lock keepers in addition to the 3 already employed, to boost the number of staff available, and provide additional cover when our permanent staff are on a day off, on holiday, or unwell.

At sites where measures are in place to enable assisted passage, even with the recent additions to our lock keeper workforce, assisted passage may not always be available. Sometimes, due to colleagues being absent for the reasons given above, our lock staff will need to carry out duties at more than one site. They may also need to carry out other important tasks on site which may need to take priority over assisted passage – operating weirs to manage water levels for example, or dealing with an incident. Occasionally, given the sometimes limited opportunity for carrying out this work due to weather conditions or the flow of traffic through a lock, basic site maintenance such as cutting grass might need to take priority. We know that the presentation of our sites is as important to you as it is to us, and would ask you to respect our lock keeper’s decision if they sometimes focus on this work to get the job done during their normal working hours before the lock gets busy, or rain falls.

Please also be aware that some of our staff or their families are currently shielding. At these sites, and at others where it is simply not possible to put adequate protection measures in place, we may not be able to offer assisted passage. Even at those sites where we can, it may occasionally be necessary to stop doing so at short notice. There are a number of reasons why this may be the case – the sheer number of people on site, or damage to some of the protection measures, such as fencing, for example. We have already experienced this at some sites. If we need to withdraw assisted passage at any of our sites we will not do so lightly, but we will not hesitate to do so if we must. Protecting everyone at our sites from coronavirus is our priority.

Camping and lock and weir fishing

We are keen to re-open these facilities where we can, but we need to ensure we are able to put in place appropriate measures to minimise the risk of contracting Coronavirus for our customers, our staff and the general public.  We also need to make sure we can adhere to government guidelines. Due to campsites and lock and weir fishing sites being in or near to our restricted operational areas, and the additional measures required to make the sites safe, we cannot offer these services for now.

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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:

 

  • 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 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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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 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

Update on 31/07/20:

We are now able to offer assisted passage at all locks except Boulters Lock in Maidenhead, subject to staff availability. Short period and unpowered boat registrations can now be purchased at Caversham, Sonning and Teddington Locks. Information on sewage pump-out availability has been updated.

Update on 20/07/20:

Clarification that Visitor licences can currently be bought from Teddington Lock only. Also minor change to Camping at locksites to remove reference to 4 July which has passed.

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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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.

 

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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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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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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 28/08/2020

 

Please be advised that the Waterside Cafe at Little Venice is now open and will be selling pump-out cards and BW keys to customers from tomorrow.

 

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

 

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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