Planned Stoppages Listings

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Please note: The following events appear in chronological order, not in order that the dates are posted to the website. Therefore the newest listings may not necessarily appear at the top of the list.

Planned Stoppages Listings

Ashton Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Lock 2
Ends At: Lock 3

TOWPATH CLOSURE (9am Monday 5 February 2018  until 5pm Thursday 1 August 2019)

A reduction in the towpath width is needed to allow for the construction of the adjacent residential development and town houses.  The proposed buildings are situated in close to the towpath and required this easement to prevent any conflict with towpath users.

Upper Trent

Planned Stoppages

Sawley Marina

ADVICE (7am Friday 1 February 2019 until further notice)

CRT have been made aware of some changes regarding services linked to BWML Sawley Marina.

Below is a message from BWML Sawley Marina : –

” Since BWML’s affiliation with The Trust is no longer, we aren’t obliged to provide facilities to passing boaters.

However, we will be introducing a charge for cassette emptying allowing passing boaters to still make use of facilities but at a cost of £2 per cassette.

Please also be aware that our pump-out charge will be increased to £20 instead of £15.

These charges will come into effect from 1st February 2019. “

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/14558/sawley-marina

Grand Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 115C, Tiddenfoot Park Footbridge
Ends At: Bridge 115 (Footbridge)

ADVICE (Monday 1 April until Thursday 31 October 2019)

Update on 15/04/2019:

Please note that third party works have been extended till October.

Third party works around Br 115b and Br 115c, Leighton Buzzard, Grand Union

Between the period of April and August, National grid contractors will be replacing the overhead electricity transmission cables that over-sail the grand union canal. Protection systems such as scaffolds, guards and netting will be used during the works.

The towpath & navigation will remain open during this time although short delays (max 30mins) may be encountered during the protection system erection/dismantle procedures.

River Ouse

Planned Stoppages

Nun Monkton Ferry – River Ouse at the Nidd Junction

Thursday 28 March until 31 October 2019

Type: Advice 
Reason: Information


Original message:

This year the Nun Monkton Ferry Service will be including an additional drop-off and Pick-up point to its existing service.  The additional landing point will be known as Moor Monkton and is on the south bank of the River Ouse approximately 100m downstream of the confluence with the River Nidd. The Nunn Monkton Ferry Service will run from 6th April until the end of October.

Skippers of all craft are asked to reduce speed and wash when passing the ferry service.

Lee Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 4, Three Mills Lane

ADVICE (Tuesday 23 April until Monday 4 November 2019)



Original message:

Volker Stevin will be undertaking river wall repair & replacement works around the perimeter of the Three Mills Studios site, within Bow Creek and Channel Sea River. Which is located between Three Mills Lane Bridge and Three Mills Lock

Advanced warning signage will be present either side of the works.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Lock 85, Lock 21
Ends At: Lock 30, Holme Bridge Lock

Update on 16/07/2019:

From the 19th July we are looking to extend the opening times of the following locks.

Their new restrictions will be:

 Barrowford – Open at 10am, Closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm

 Gargrave Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 6pm on Mondays and Fridays, last entry at 5pm. The other days of the week, the lock will be closed at 5pm and the last entry will be at 4pm All other restrictions remain the same

Update on 26/06/2019:

The recent rainfall has improved water levels on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and we are revising the restrictions in some areas.  However, the reservoirs have not seen enough rainfall to refill them to a satisfactory level and we remain cautious as we work to keep the canal open throughout the summer boating season.  Our aim is to strike a balance between making the canal as accessible as possible for boaters and mitigating against future risk.

 We are removing the restrictions at Johnsons Hillocks and at Blackburn Locks as they are fed by feeders as well as from the summit.

 The restrictions at Barrowford Locks, Greenberfield Locks, Bank Newton Locks, and Gargrave Locks remain in place as they are solely fed from the reservoirs.  They are as follows:

 Barrowford Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 4pm, last entry 3pm

Greenberfield Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm

Bank Newton Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm

Gargrave Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm

 Wigan Flight can be prone to vandalism which, when it occurs, uses a lot of water and can cause problems for both boaters and our water management.  The restrictions are in place to minimise this risk.  The Flight will remain open to boaters as follows:

 Wigan Flight – Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight) and Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) – 8:30am to 9:30am to facilitate entry onto the flight, 12:30pm to 1:30pm to facilitate exit from the flight

 We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates in the coming weeks.  While the restrictions will restrict the use of the canal by boats, the towpath will continue to remain open for visitors and the local community alike to enjoy. 

 In the meantime, boaters can help conserve water by sharing locks where possible and making the best use of the water available, ensuring paddles are fully closed once they’ve 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 as pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.  Thank you for your help.

Update on 03/05/2019:

We have continued to experience a prolonged period of dry weather in the reservoir catchment area, which has resulted in higher than normal drawdown from the reservoirs, for this time of the year.  We have reached the point where further restrictions are required, which will be implemented from Friday 17 May.  These are as follows;

  • Johnsons Hillocks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4 pm
  • Blackburn Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4 pm
  • Barrowford Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 4pm, last entry 3pm
  • Greenberfield Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm
  • Bank Newton Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm
  • Gargrave Locks – Open at 10am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm

Wigan Flight – Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight) and Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) to be open to customers as follows:

  • 8:30am to 9:30am to facilitate entry onto the flight
  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm to facilitate exit from the flight

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates in the coming weeks. While the restrictions will restrict the use of the canal by boats, the towpath will continue to remain open for visitors and the local community alike to enjoy.

In the meantime, boaters can help conserve water by;

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

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 29 April 2019 until further notice)

Due to the low rainfall which has resulted in the drawdown of the reservoirs, and with the forecast set for dry weather, the Trust will be implementing temporary restrictions to navigation between Barrowford Locks (45 to 51) and Gargrave (from below lock 30) effective Monday 29 April.

  • Barrowford Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm
  • Greenberfield Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 6pm, last entry 5pm
  • Bank Newton Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 6pm, last entry 5pm
  • Gargrave Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 6pm, last entry 5pm.

It’s not clear how long the restrictions will be in place, however if there is no significant, sustained rainfall it is likely further restrictions will be implemented. While the restrictions will restrict the use of the canal by boats, the towpath will remain open for visitors and the local community alike to enjoy.

In the meantime, boaters can help conserve water by:

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

Grand Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Lock 8
Ends At: Lock 11

RESTRICTION (9am Monday 6 May 2019 until further notice)

After a relatively dry winter, following on from
last year’s exceptionally dry summer – one of the hottest and driest on record
– reservoirs feeding some parts of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals have not refilled as quickly as would normally be expected.

Recent heavy storms have not been able to compensate for a continued period of below average rainfall that goes back to June 2018 and that has meant some reservoirs in this area have not refilled as we would normally expect. For example Naseby Reservoir, our largest reservoir serving this part of the canal network, started the season around 60% full.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.

We will continue to monitor our reservoir storage and canal opening hours with a view to keeping disruption to a minimum whilst balancing a need to save water.

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.  

For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating

In the days preceding, during (25th to 27th May) and following Crick Boat Show opening hours will be relaxed to allow boat traffic to navigate to and from the event with minimal disruption.

From the 6th May, lock opening hours will be:

9am to 5pm (last entry on the flight 4pm)

Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 17

RESTRICTION (9am Monday 6 May 2019 until further notice)

After a relatively dry winter, following on from last year’s exceptionally dry summer – one of the hottest and driest on record – reservoirs feeding some parts of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals have not refilled as quickly as would normally be expected.

Recent heavy storms have not been able to compensate for a continued period of below average rainfall that goes back to June 2018 and that has meant some reservoirs in this area have not refilled as we would normally expect. For example Naseby Reservoir, our largest reservoir serving this part of the canal network, started the season around 60% full.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.

We will continue to monitor our reservoir storage and canal opening hours with a view to keeping

disruption to a minimum whilst balancing a need to save water.

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.  

For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating

In the days preceding, during (25th to 27th May) and following Crick Boat Show opening hours will be relaxed to allow boat traffic to navigate to and from the event with minimal disruption.

From the 6th May, lock opening hours will be:

9am to 5pm (last entry on the flight 4.15pm)

Tidal River

Planned Stoppages

Stow Fen Pumping Station

ADVICE (Tuesday 14 May until 2 August 2019)

Please be aware a new pumping station to be installed on behalf of the Downham & Stow Bardolph IDB, near Downham Market. Whilst the pumping station is located within an IDB managed watercourse it outfalls into the Tidal River.

A pontoon is to be installed on 14 May 2019 with the works commencing the week of 20 May 2019. The works are primarily being carried out from the land side with a pontoon and boat in place for safety measures.Navigation is still possible and we request you approach with caution and follow
contractor’s signage and instructions.

For further information, please contact Sean Faulkner, Senior Engineer, Peter Brett Associates on 01223802967 or call the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Great Ouse Waterways team

Lee Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 24, Ferry Lane Bridge (A503)
Ends At: Bridge 26, Lock Crossover Bridge

RESTRICTION (Monday 27 May until Friday 6 September 2019)

Hale Wharf Bridge Contractor will be installing 2 New Bridges, north of Tottenham Lock, to connect the new development up to the Tottenham community.

The Towpath will need to be closed from Br 24 extending 500m North, to facilitate these works a floating walkway will be installed within the navigation to divert pedestrians onto.

125m of mooring will be suspended North of Br 24.

Lifting in of the main bridge over the Lee Navigation will be planned during August-September 2019 and may cause delays of up to 30 minutes during a 5 day period. Exact dates for this will follow when confirmed by the Contractor.

Starts At: Lock 18 – Kibworth Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 22 – Cranes Lock

RESTRICTION (9am Monday 3 June 2019 until further notice)

Levels within reservoirs feeding the Leicester Summit and Grand Union Mainline are lower than usual for the time of year following below average rainfall over the last eleven months.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester 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.  

For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating

From the 3rd June, lock opening hours will be:

9am to 5pm

Last entry at 3.30pm, to allow navigation through this section of canal.

Grand Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Lock 14, Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 21, Cosgrove Lock

RESTRICTION (10am Monday 3 June 2019 until further notice)

Levels within reservoirs feeding the Leicester Summit and Grand Union Mainline are lower than usual for the time of year following below average rainfall over the last eleven months.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester 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.  

For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating

From the 3rd June, lock opening hours will be:

10am to 4pm

[last entry on the flight 3pm]

Grand Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Lock 1, Braunston
Ends At: Lock 6, Top Lock

RESTRICTION (9am Monday 10 June 2019 until further notice)

Levels within reservoirs feeding the Leicester Summit and Grand Union Mainline are lower than usual for the time of year following below average rainfall over the last eleven months.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester 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.  

Grand Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 202, North Hyde Bridge
Ends At: Lock 98, Osterley Lock

ADVICE (Monday 10 June until Friday 19 July 2019)

Dredging will be carried out at various locations between Bridge 202 North Hyde Bridge and Osterley Lock between 10th June and 19th July 2019. 

These works will include the removal of sediments and other obstructions at winding holes, bridge holes and lock approaches.  The canal and towpath will remain fully open, though boaters may experience short delays up to 30 minutes. 

Waterway users are requested to pass through the working areas with due care and follow the instructions of the site staff.

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