Opening Times

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Last update: 23rd February 2018


Chesterfield Canal
Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock
OPENING TIMES (until Wednesday 28 February 2018)

23rd-26th 10am-4pm
27-28th 7am-1pm

 

Leeds & Liverpool Canal: Lock 1, Top Lock, Leigh Branch

RESTRICTION (Friday 1 December 2017 until Saturday 31 March 2018) In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, Canal & River Trust North West will be implementing overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area through winter.

Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Lock 1 on the Leigh Branch will be padlocked from 4pm to 8am daily. These measures will be in place from 1 December 2017 until the end of March 2018.


Leeds & Liverpool Canal: Lock 88 Ends At: Lock 89

RESTRICTION (Friday 1 December 2017 until Saturday 31 March 2018) In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, Canal & River Trust North West will be implementing overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area through winter.

Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Lock 1 on the Leigh Branch will be padlocked from 4pm to 8am daily. These measures will be in place from 1 December 2017 until the end of March 2018.


Chesterfield Canal: Lock 65, West Stockwith Lock

Fossdyke Canal: Lock 1, Torksey Lock

River Trent: Lock 15, Cromwell Lock – Top Chamber

River Witham: Lock 4, Boston Lock

 Update on 09/11/2017: TIDAL LOCK OPERATION IN THE EAST MIDLANDS

All 4 of CRT’s tidal locks (West Stockwith, Cromwell, Torksey, Boston) have the same core hours, which are: 7am to 9pm in Summer (the earlier of Good Friday or 1st April to 30th September) and 8:am to 4pm in Winter.

Cromwell will operate at all times within these core hours in summer and for 6 hours in winter except at weekends when it will be approved for 8 hours.

Torksey and West Stockwith will operate with the tides and shift patterns will be arranged accordingly to suit these, within the core hours. Typical shifts will be 6 hours in winter and 8 hours in summer. Occasionally CRT will operate Boston, West Stockwith and Torksey slightly before 8am or slightly after 4pm in winter if there is a suitable tide and this will be recognised in shift patterns.

Any passage required outside of these hours should be booked at least 5 working days in advance through the office at Newark (01636 675732 / 0303 040 4040)  and is subject to staff availability.

At Boston, as passage is limited to specific windows of opportunity, it is proposed to staff the lock for a maximum of 5 hours on any day. The actual hours of operation each day will be designed to maximise the opportunity to use the lock.

From November 1st 2017 to 11th March 2018, Grand Sluice at Boston will be operated on a booking system only.

In an emergency, the out of hours call out number 0800 47 999 47 is available.

Actual shift patterns are published at the locks and on the notices section of the CRT website.


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

BOOKING INFORMATION (9am Wednesday 1 November 2017 until 2pm Sunday 18 March 2018)

FROM 1 NOVEMBER 2017 TO 19 MARCH 2018

Please be advised that passage from Kirkstall (Lock 7) to Newlay (Lock 13) must be booked with a MINIMUM OF 72 HOURS notice.

  • First passage commences at 9:00am daily.
  • Last passage commences at 2:00pm daily.

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

Please contact the North West team for full booking information on 03030 404040, Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 4.30pm.

Bingley Three and Five Rise Locks and Kirkstall to Newlay will be closed to passage on 25 & 26 December 2017 and 1 January 2018. The North West office will be closed from 22 December to 2 January so please ensure that any booking for over the Christmas period (excluding 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan) is made and confirmed by no later than midday on 22 December 2017.

 


 

Leeds & Liverpool Canal:  Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock Ends At: Lock 22, Bingley 3 Rise Bottom Lock

BOOKING INFORMATION (9am Wednesday 1 November 2017 until 2pm Monday 19 March 2018)

FROM 1ST NOVEMBER 2017 TO 19 MARCH 2018

Please be advised that Bingley Five and Three Rise Locks must be booked with a MINIMUM OF 72 HOURS notice.

  • First passage commences at 9:00am daily.
  • Last passage commences at 2:00pm daily.

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

Contact the North West team for full booking information on 03030 404040, Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 4.30pm.

Bingley Three and Five Rise Locks and Kirkstall to Newlay (Locks 7 to 13) will be closed to passage on 25 & 26 December 2017 and 1 January 2018. The North West office will be closed from 22 December to 2 January so please ensure that any booking for over the Christmas period (excluding 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan) is made and confirmed by no later than midday on 22 December 2017.


Birmingham & Fazeley Canal: Fazeley Mill Marina – L6 Moorings

ADVICE (9am Wednesday 1 November 2017 until further notice) CRT are pleased to announce that following the closure of the Fazeley office and the associated customer service facilities, as of the 1st November, Fazeley Mill Marina on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, managed by Pridewater Estates, will be opening up their Elsan and Bin facilities to canal users on CRT’s behalf.

These services are located just inside the marina entrance. A water point is also available and is located on the canal by the entrance.

These facilities will be available for 7 days a week between the hours of 9 and 5.


 

Leeds & Liverpool Canal: Bank Newton Lock Office & Stores

Update on 04/09/2017:

Canal & River Trust staff will continue to oversee passages at Lock 37 daily from 9:30am to 3:30pm.  The area will be padlocked closed outside of these hours.

Please follow any guidance given by Canal & River Trust representatives or direction given on signage.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

Update on 30/08/2017:

CRT are sorry to advise that further works have been identified at lock 37

Staff will remain on site and continue to operate the locks during 9am and 3.30pm daily.

AMENDMENT TO OPENING TIMES

Canal & River Trust staff will oversee passages at Lock 37 daily from 9:30am to 3:30pm.  The area will be padlocked closed outside of these hours.

Please follow any guidance given by Canal & River Trust representatives or direction given on signage.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.


Gloucester & Sharpness Canal: Bridge 24, Llanthony Lift Bridge Ends At: Gloucester Dock

Update on 14/08/2017:

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

The following changes will apply from the 1st September 2017.- for a trial period of one month

Llanthony Bridge will be closed to boat traffic between 8.30am and 9am during school term times.

Gloucester Lock will be closed for boat traffic from 8.20 to 9.00am and 16.30 to 17.30 during school term times.

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


Huddersfield Narrow Canal: Lock 30 East

BOOKING INFORMATION (9am Friday 4 August 2017 until further notice) Due to problems with the quadrant and wall at lock 30E, for safety reasons until a plan for the repairs can be put in place, we will be operating the lock on a booking system.

A member of Canal & River Trust staff or one of its volunteers will assist boats through the lock.

Please call the tunnel office at Standedge on 01484 840629 24 hours in advance to arrange passage.  The tunnel office is open 8am until 4pm 7 days a week.


Leeds & Liverpool Canal: Bridge 187, Warehouse Swing Bridge

RESTRICTION (Saturday 29 July 2017 until further notice) Due to a fault with Warehouse Swing Bridge (no. 187), Canal & River Trust staff will be operating the bridge from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm until further notice.

The bridge will be closed outside of these times.


Rochdale Canal: Lock 1 Ends At: Lock 92 Castlefield

Update on 27/07/2017:

Controls will be introduced on the Rochdale Canal from Friday 4th August.

In overview the canal will be closed at the Summit on Mondays and Fridays until further notice.  We are also introducing overnight closures on the other days of the week.

The canal will be locked at Locks 34 and 44.  The first locks each evening will be put on at 4pm and our teams will work with boaters in summit sections after that time to ensure their passage out.  Moorings are available immediately below these locks for people arriving after 4 or during one of the closed days.

The canal will be reopened at 9am on open days.

These restrictions are necessary so that CRT can maintain navigation for the rest of the year.  It is currently negotiating with United Utilities about the provision of more water but do not have an outcome from that yet.  CRT will continue to monitor the water resource position and update as necessary.


Kennet & Avon Canal: Lock 53, Brimslade Lock 53 Ends At: Lock 56, Crofton Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: below Lock 63, Beech Grove Lock
Down Stream Winding Hole: before Bridge 109 Wooton Rivers Farm Bridge

RESTRICTION (3.30pm Friday 30 June 2017 until further notice) Time restrictions will be implemented between Lock 53 Brimslade Lock and Lock 56 Crofton Lock, between 3pm in the afternoon and 10am the following day. The Summit Pound cannot currently be maintained at a level suitable for navigation. This is due to the impact of a prolonged period of dry weather, combined with the deterioration of the lock gates and performance of pumping stations.

Under normal circumstances the Summit Pound level reduces during the daytime due to lock movements on either side. At night the pound level is made back up from a combination of back pumping at Wootton Rivers and pumping into the canal from Crofton (Wilton Water). Restricted lockage will allow the Summit Pound longer to recover without movement of water down the lock flights on either side. In addition the restriction will ensure that lock sluices are secured overnight to avoid any loss of water.

Plans are in place to undertake urgent works during July to reduce lock gate leakage along the Wootton Rivers lock flight. In addition works are now being undertaken to improve the reliability of Crofton (Wilton Water) pumping station.

This restriction will be reviewed regularly.


Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal: Lock 20 Botterham Bottom Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (6pm Wednesday 21 June 2017 until further notice) Due to a suspected blown cill in the bottom lock, there are significant water losses which could pose potential hazards when operating the staircase locks. Therefore, whilst repairs are planned, assisted passage through the lock will be provided between 8am and 6pm

The lock will be closed outside of these hours.

Repairs are anticipated within the week.


 Leeds & Liverpool Canal: Lock 85, Lock 21 Ends At: Lock 65, Top Lock and Leigh Branch: Lock 1, Top Lock, Leigh Branch

Update on 13/06/2017: Further to the notice of 7 June 2017, to conserve water in the Wigan area, CRT are implementing opening times on the Wigan Flight.  Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight) and Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) will be limited to the following opening times until further notice:

  • 8am until 9am daily – to facilitate entry onto the Wigan Flight
  • 2pm until 3pm daily – to facilitate exit from the Wigan Flight

The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times.  Overnight mooring on the flight will be permitted only at Rose Bridge (between Locks 77 & 78) and we will have a roving lock keeper around the general area to ensure the water levels are maintained.  Please be advised that this is not an assisted passage.

Poolstock Locks will revert to overnight restrictions only, along with Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock).  These locks will be closed from 8pm to 8am.

The above restrictions will be in place until further notice and will be lifted as soon as water levels have stabilised

OPENING TIMES (Wednesday 7 June 2017 until further notice) In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, CRT are implementing opening times on the Wigan Flight and at Poolstock Locks on the Leigh Branch.  As of Wednesday 7 June, Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight), Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) and Poolstock Lock 1 on the Leigh Branch will be limited to the following opening times:

  • 8am until 9am daily – to facilitate entry onto the Wigan Flight and movement through Poolstock / Leigh Branch Lock 1
  • 2pm until 3pm daily – to facilitate exit from the Wigan Flight and movement through Poolstock / Leigh Branch Lock 1

The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times.  Overnight mooring on the flight will be permitted only at Rose Bridge (Lock 54) and CRT will have a roving lock keeper around the general area to ensure the water levels are maintained.  Please be advised that this is not an assisted passage.

In addition to the above, CRT will continue with the overnight restrictions at Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock) from 8pm to 8am.

The above restrictions will be in place until further notice and will be lifted as soon as water levels have stabilised.


Grand Union Canal: Blisworth Tunnel

Update on 03/05/2017: Contact changes

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

Please call either Steve Morgan 07711 796384 or Mark Whitfield 07717 806 769 or email enquiries.southeast@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Tunnel length: 2812m, travel time: 45 minutes


Grand Union Canal: Braunston Tunnel

Update on 03/05/2017: Contact changes

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

Please call either Steve Morgan 07711 796384 or Mark Whitfield 07717 806 769 or email enquiries.southeast@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Tunnel length: 1873m, travel time: 30 minutes


Coventry Canal/Birmingham & Fazeley Canal/Trent & Mersey Canal: Intersection of: Fazeley Waterway Office to Fazeley Waterway Office on Coventry Canal and Fazeley Watling Str Bridge to Fazeley Watling Str Bridge on Birmingham & Fazeley Canal and Fradley Customer Service Facility to Fradley Customer Service Facility on Trent & Mersey Canal

Update on 18/04/2017: The Fazeley waterway office is now closed, the water point and elsan is still open but the bin compound is closed.  Please do not leave rubbish here.  The next recycling facility can be found at Grendon Bridge 49, Fradley Junction and Cambrian Wharf.

Licences and keys can be purchased from Cambrian House in Birmingham 8.30-4pm and Fradley Junction, Alrewas 10-2pm.


Kennet & Avon Canal: Lock 22, Lower Foxhangers Lock
Ends At: Lock 50, Kennet Lock (Top Lock)

ADVICE (8am Saturday 1 April 2017 until 5pm Saturday 31 March 2018)

Caen Hill Flight – Opening Hours for 2017-18

1st October 2017 to 31st March 2018 (inclusive) 8am to 4pm, last locking 1pm

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


Weaver Navigation: Church Cut Bridge Ends At: Red Lion Visitor Moorings

OPENING TIMES

November 2017 to March 2018 available by prior arrangement with the Northwich Office.

All craft must arrive 30 minutes prior to times above to ensure passage. If locks are unattended please phone the lock keepers on the telephone numbers below.

During the open weekend season, Marsh Lock is available for passage once in any weekend period subject to prior notice being given to the waterway before 16.30 on the Thursday.

This passage is based on a first come first served basis and will normally mean the lock is available for a 4 hour period.

For all enquiries for the Weaver Navigation please phone 0303 040 4040 ask for Northwich Office.

Northwich Office      0303 040 4040

Vale Royal Locks      07748 936 966

Hunts Locks              07748 936 964

Saltersford Locks     07748 936 965

Dutton Locks             07748 936 968


Gloucester &  Sharpness Canal/River Severn Navigation: Intersection of: Sharpness Tidal Basin to Water Point, Bridge 24, Llanthony on Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and Lock 2 Gloucester Lock to Gladder Brook Footbridge on River Severn Navigation

OPENING TIMES (until 4pm Sunday 25 March 2018)

Monday 23 October 2017 to Sunday 25 March 2018 – 8am-4pm

From 1 November 2017 to 25 March 2018 – 8am-4pm the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and River Severn are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. During this period the following Locks are unmanned – Lincomb- Holt- Bevere- Diglis and Upper lode. For all enquires please contact Gloucester Lock on 01452 310832 mobile 07717 681 086 or you can email enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Bookings for the River Severn from 1 November 2017 to 25 March 2018 can be requested by calling Gloucester Lock on 01452 310832, 24 hours prior to passage or 07795 027370.


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

BOOKING INFORMATION (Thursday 16 March 2017 until Sunday 1 April 2018) Watford Locks Summer/Winter Volunteer Lock Keeper availability times for 2017/18 have been confirmed.

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

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

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


23 October 2017 – 1 April 2018

Mon – Thurs, 9am to 3.30pm (last assisted boat in 2.45pm)

Fri – Sun, 9am to 3.30pm (last assisted boat in 2.45pm)


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

OPENING TIMES (Thursday 16 March 2017 until Sunday 1 April 2018) Foxton Locks Summer/Winter opening times for 2017/18 have been confirmed.

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

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

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

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


23 October 2017 – 1 April 2018

Mon – Thurs, 9am to 3.30pm (last boat in 2.45pm)

Fri – Sun, 9am to 3.30pm (last boat in 2.45pm)


 

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

Update on 13/03/2017: Please note that Watford Locks are open 24 hours a day.

OPENING TIMES (Thursday 16 March 2017 until Sunday 1 April 2018) Watford Locks Summer/Winter opening times for 2017/18 have been confirmed.


23 October 2017 – 1 April 2018

Mon – Thurs, 9am to 3.30pm (last boat in 2.45pm)

Fri – Sun, 9am to 3.30pm (last boat in 2.45pm)

As locks can be very busy, please allow yourself plenty of time to ensure passage

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

Last boat will be allowed through the lock 45 minutes prior to closure.