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.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 130B, Manchester Road Bridge
Ends At: Aqueduct 33, Sandholme 130J
Up Stream Winding Hole: After Bridge 137, Lob Lane Bridge.
Down Stream Winding Hole: Before Bridge 130B, Manchester Road Bridge.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 12 November 2018 until 5pm Tuesday 18 June 2019)

Update on 07/05/2019:

CRT are sorry to report that there have been further delays on site to repair the canal bed and embankment at Finsley Gate in Burnley. Our contractors are working 12 hour days to get the canal re-opened as quickly as possible. As previously stated, we have faced many challenges such as issues with the amount of silt, the constraints to the site and required repairs to the offside wash wall following a collapse. All of this has contributed to the works taking longer than anticipated.

We are currently re-lining the canal bed and completing repairs to the off side wash walls.

CRT hope that navigation will be open on 18 June.

Update on 09/04/2019:

The construction of new stop grooves at Bridge 130B and inspection of the grooves at Sandholme Aqueduct are complete. However, please be aware the navigation in this area is still closed due to the on-going works between Bridge 130B Manchester Road Bridge and Bridge 130E Finsley Gate Bridge. Please see the separate notice relating to this stoppage. The navigation is due to be re-opened on 23rd May.

Update on 04/04/2019:

Further to our previous update, the silt removal from the lagoon storage area has now begun and will continue while other works are undertaken.   Our contractors have started the canal relining and this is progressing well.  The construction of the new towpath concrete retaining wall is continuing with 12 of the 14 bays originally planned now complete.

Unfortunately, however, there have been additional problems with repairing the existing offside and towpath walls as some more sections have collapsed.  This has caused further delays and we have taken the difficult decision to delay the re-opening of the navigation until 23rd May.

Update on 07/03/2019:

Due to the extension of the stoppage at Finsley Gate (please see separate notice), the closure at Bridge 130B and Sandholme Aqueduct, which is in the same area, also needs to be extended to reflect this stoppage period.  The end date has therefore been amended.

It is expected the navigation in this area will re-open on 8th May 2019.

Update on 01/03/2019:

Further to our earlier updates, we are very sorry to report we will be unable to complete the repairs at Finsley Gate within the timescale previously advertised.

Following the dewatering of the navigation, it was discovered the amount of silt along the length of the affected area was far greater than originally anticipated.  In addition, once the navigation was drained, the silt was tested and found to be contaminated.  When silt is contaminated, special measures have to be taken to remove it from site and to dispose of it safely.  These two factors have caused significant delays to the project.

Moreover, when the navigation was dewatered, it was found the retaining wall was in a much worse condition than initially expected.  This, too, has resulted in additional works.

Please be assured our contractors are doing everything they can to complete this project as soon as possible.  However, we will not be in a position to re-open the navigation until 8 May 2019.

Update on 15/10/2018:

Please note the start date for this closure has been put back by one week until 12th November.

This is to keep the navigation open for an additional week following the restrictions imposed during the summer due to the drought.  Our contractors will be completing their site set-up in the week before the stoppage, so please take care while travelling through the area.

Please note that the towpath will still be closed from 5th November, as originally planned.

Update on 03/09/2018:

The length from Manchester Road Bridge 130B to Bridge 130E will be dewatered to allow for canal relining works, work to the towpath retaining wall and offside soft bank protection.

Stop plank grooves will also be constructed at Bridge 130B and Sandholme aqueduct.

The final design and methodology have now been confirmed and, as a result of the extent of works involved and for safety reasons, the towpath will also have to be closed during the stoppage.

Our contractor will erect signage at the convenient closure points so that people can come off and use another route.

Original message:

The length from Manchester Road Bridge 130B to Bridge 130E will be dewatered to allow for canal re lining works.

Oxford Canal

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 238B, Unipart Bridge

ADVICE (Tuesday 1 January until Friday 31 May 2019)

Update on 18/12/2018:

During the works the towpath will be restricted in width. Cyclists are asked to dismount when passing marked work areas

Original message:

Due to works on Agenda 21 the 48 hour moorings at  Elizabeth Jennings will be suspended between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 May 2019.

Oxford Canal

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 238B, Unipart Bridge

ADVICE (Tuesday 1 January until Friday 31 May 2019)

Original message:

Due to works on Agenda 21 the 48 hour moorings at  Elizabeth Jennings will be suspended between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 May 2019.

ADVICE (Saturday 22 December 2018 until 30 June 2019)

Engineers are undertaking repair works on a rail viaduct in the Manea area.
Temporary scaffolding will be installed but this will not affect navigation.

EA advise caution if proceeding.

Leeds Bridge

RESTRICTION (9am Monday 7 January until 5pm Saturday 29 June 2019)

Update on 04/03/2019:

Contractors have informed us that further pontoon works are ongoing due to the refurbishment of the Bridge.

Update on 11/01/2019:

We have been advised by contractors working on behalf of the Council that works have been extended until 24 March. 

Works will also now include scaffolding at each elevation of the bridge. 

Scaffolding will be above arch level and will not restrict navigation.

Monday 7 January 2019 09:00 until Sunday 3 March 2019 17:00

Type: Navigation Restriction 
Reason: 3rd Party Works


Original message:

AE Yates will be painting, cleaning and refurbishing a local authority bridge. They will be cleaning and painting underneath the bridge in sections using a 6m x 6m pontoon across the navigation.

Boaters and other navigation traffic who may be passing by might be delayed for up to 20 minutes to enable the pontoon to move out of the way.

Denver Complex to River Wissey

RESTRICTION (Monday 14 January until 31 July 2019)

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DETAILS:
Please be aware of repairs and piling operations taking place to the banks of the Ely Ouse and River Wissey. Large sections of the banks of both rivers have suffered damage and are in need of replacement or refurbishment. Loading operations to enable the works will be conducted infrequently throughout using the relief channel lock, so river users may experience short delays of up to 30 minutes duration.

Floating pontoons will be used to carry out the works. The pontoons will be moored overnight by the river bank, at a location close to the works at a wide section of the river. Lighting and signage will be used to inform watercourse users of the pontoons out of hours. This should not affect
navigation but please approach with caution.

For further information please call Michael Wilson, JBA-Bentley,
Peterborough on 01733 715960

River Little Ouse

Planned Stoppages

Wilton Bridge, Hockwold (TL7240086729)

RESTRICTION (Monday 25 March until 5 July 2019)

Suffolk Highways will be carrying out bridge works which will involve a temporary scaffolding to be placed on the two abutments of Wilton Bridge on the River Little Ouse.

Please approach the area with caution.

For further information, please contact Timothy Rackham (Suffolk Highways) on
0345 606 6171 or call the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 between 9am and
5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Great Ouse Waterways team

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

Lee Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 55, Dobbs Weir Lane Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 14A, Newham Way

ADVICE (Monday 11 February until Monday 1 July 2019)

Update on 30/01/2019:

The pontoons will now be progressively moved from North to South.

Moorings will be suspended on a rolling programme to facilitate the siting of the pontoons.

Original message:

EU Networks will be undertaking excavation works to install new telecommunication cables along the canal tow path.

As a result of the works, tow path access will be restricted. A pedestrian diversion around the works will be in place via 50m long floating pontoons located in the canal. The floating pontoon will be progressively moved, South to North, as the works progress. Banksmen will be on hand to assist pedestrians along the pontoon. Cyclists will be required to dismount when using the pontoon.

The canal navigation shall remain open throughout the works.  Moorings will be suspended on a rolling programme to facilitate the siting of the pontoon. Please observe local signage.

Fairburn Railway Bridge

Update on 18/04/2019:

Contractor has informed us of additional repairs to the structure which takes the completion date to 17th July.

RESTRICTION (9am Monday 25 February until 5pm Sunday 19 May 2019)

Amco will be undertaking strengthening works to Fairburn Ings Network Rail Bridge, in the form of scaffolding and pontoons. The majority of the structure will be covered in scaffolding, apart from a navigable channel in the centre to enable access.

Boaters and other navigation traffic passing by may be delayed for up to 20 minutes to enable any plant to move out of the way.

Lee Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Lock 13, Enfield Lock
Ends At: Bridge 55, Dobbs Weir Lane Bridge

ADVICE (Saturday 16 March until Monday 1 July 2019)

Update on 30/01/2019:

The pontoons will now be progressively moved from North to South (previously South to North).

Moorings will be suspended on a rolling
programme to facilitate the siting of the pontoons.

Original message:

EU Networks will be undertaking excavation works to install new telecommunication cables along the canal tow path.

As a result of the works, tow path access will be restricted. A pedestrian diversion around the works will be in place via 50m long floating pontoons located in the canal. The floating pontoon will be progressively moved, south to north, as the works progress. Banksmen will be on hand to assist pedestrians along the pontoon. Cyclists will be required to dismount when using the pontoon.

The canal navigation shall remain open throughout the works.  Moorings will be suspended on a rolling programme to facilitate the siting of the pontoon. Please observe local signage.

Kennet & Avon Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 138, London Road
Ends At: Bridge 136,Coate Road Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 18 March until 6pm Monday 27 May 2019)

Wiltshire Council has made an order to temporarily close the footpath  from Bridge 138, London Road Bridge to Bridge 136, Coate Road Bridge to enable the uneven path to be resurfaced.

The Council will create a pedestrian diversion along the pavement of the A361 which will be clearly indicated with traffic signs.

The order will come into operation on 18th March 2019 and it is anticipated that the closure will be required for approximately 10 weeks.

The order will have a maximum duration of six months.

No moorings will be permitted within the works area during this period.

Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Planned Stoppages | Stoppages & Restrictions

Access, Between North and South Points

Update on 12/03/2019:

A post dredge survey carried out on 21st February indicated that a total of 19,900 m3 of sediment has been removed and clearly shows where further dredging is required.

It is proposed to re-commence dredging during the w/e 15th March. Due to environmental constraints we are not permitted to use the suction dredger during this period and will return to using conventional excavator dredging. 

Update on 05/03/2019:

Following the first phase of dredging being completed in the Gloucester Docks. This most recent survey survey, taken on 28th February, found the average depth in the main channel between Llanthony Bridge and Gloucester Lock to be 3m, with a minimum depth of 1.6m in some areas. The depth at the entrance to Victoria Basin is 1.6m.

CRT currently anticipate the next phase of dredging to begin on 11th March.

Please take these readings into account when planning your visit to the Docks.

If you require further information or advice, please contact the Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk.



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