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

Bridge 27A, Scarisbrick Bridge

RESTRICTION (Wednesday 29 November 2017 until Friday 16 March 2018)

In order to facilitate bridge repairs, Scaffolding will be installed on Bridge 27a, Scarisbrick Bridge from 29 November 2017 to 16 February 2018.  The scaffold will create a width restriction at the bridge but boat traffic will not be adversely impacted with the exception of the following dates, where widebeam boats will not be able to pass:

4 to 18 December 2017
18 January to 1 February 2018
The towpath will also be diverted from 29 January to 16 February 2018.

Starts At: Horseley Fields Junction Bridge
Ends At: New Cross Pedestrian Bridge

ADVICE (8am Monday 4 December 2017 until 6pm Friday 30 March 2018)

The towpath surface between Horseley Fields Junction and New Cross Pedestrian Bridge is being improved following external funding becoming available. The works will involve a new macadam layer with a tar spray and chip surface dressing which will improve its durability for many years to come. Waterway wall repairs will also be carried out at the same time to improve the overall condition.

To allow the safe operation of plant and equipment, parts of the towpath may be restricted or closed intermittently at times, and in these instances diversionary signage will be posted at the nearest access points.

Starts At: Bridge 94, Minsull Street Bridge
Ends At: Lock 86 Chorlton St

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 18 December 2017 until 5.30pm Sunday 18 March 2018)

Third party contractors will be using a floating pontoon for safety and access at their site at Minshull Street

The canal will remain open and access to lock 86 and the floating lock landing will not be affected.


Sanitary Station, Hazelmere Marina

RESTRICTION (Wednesday 10 January until Friday 16 March 2018)

The Hazelmere Marina development being undertaken by Bellway Homes needs to close a section of towpath to undertake the construction of the replacement facilities building for boaters.

To prevent a long diversion down Lea Road a floating walkway is to be installed within the navigation. Advanced warning signage will be present either side of the walkway to inform boaters of restriction.

Bridge 42, Shaw Lane Bridge

ADVICE (8am Monday 15 January until 4pm Thursday 31 May 2018)

Please be aware that the towpath is to be temporarily diverted around the old Stoke Works site on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, to enable demolition and construction works to be undertaken by Barratt Homes. Customers should follow the signs to the diverted route.

Starts At: Lock 8
Ends At: Lock 16
Up Stream Winding Hole: Foxton Incline Arm, above Top Lock 8, Foxton Locks.
Down Stream Winding Hole: Junction of Market Harborough Arm, below Bottom Lock 17, Foxton Locks.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 15 January until 4pm Friday 2 March 2018)

Please be aware CRT are extending the duration of the closure at Foxton Locks by one week and the closure will now start on 15th January 2018.

This will allow the local team to complete the large amount of work involved in the gate replacements and repairs to the flight and also to prepare for the exciting open weekend on 10th/11th February.

Original message:

Following customer feedback, the dates for closures in the Foxton area have been re-arranged to allow windows for navigation north and south.

Repairs will include:

Lock 8: replace bottom gate.

Lock 9: replace bottom gate.

Lock 10: replace cill fenders on top gate and refit/replank bottom gate.

Lock 11: replace cill fenders on top gate and refit/replank bottom gate.

Lock 12: reline bottom gate.

Lock 13: replace bottom gate and cill fenders.

Lock 15: replace bottom gate and cill fenders.

Lock 16: replace bottom gate.



Starts At: Bridge 5 Victoria Bridge, College Rd
Ends At: Bridge 6 Caldon Road

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 15 January until 5pm Friday 9 March 2018)

Third party contractors will be carrying out repairs to bridges 5A and 5B at Hanley Park. Access will be via temporary scaffolds and a pontoon in the waterway.

Warning signs and banksmen will be used. Please approach with caution and be prepared to stop if requested

Clifton Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (2 January until 23 March 2018)

Re-sheeting lock gates

Bridge 1, Leeds Bridge

ADVICE (Monday 8 January until Sunday 8 July 2018)

Contractors (AE Yates) are undertaking strengthening works to Leeds Bridge and will be undertaking various activities over the next 18 months.

All boat traffic should slow down when approaching and take care when passing and abide by the contractors advice.

This may result in delays of no longer than 15-20 minutes.


Teddington Lock (barge)

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (1 January until 23 March 2018)

Re-sheeting lock gates

Titchmarsh Lock,

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (3 January to 16 March 2018)

Complete refurbishment.

Edgbaston Tunnel
Up Stream Winding Hole: Gas Street Basin
Down Stream Winding Hole: The Vale, Near Footbridge 84A, Birmingham University

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 22 January until 4pm Friday 16 March 2018)


Edgbaston Tunnel
Up Stream Winding Hole: Gas Street Basin
Down Stream Winding Hole: The Vale, Near Footbridge 84A, Birmingham University

Monday 22 January 2018 08:00 until Friday 16 March 2018 16:00

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Repair

Update on 06/01/2018:

The late signing of the funding agreement for the towpath widening works has had a knock-on effect on the commercial agreement with the contractor and their arrangements for access and compound provisions.

This now means that the stoppage start date will be Monday 22nd January.  At present, we are not extending the stoppage but will look at accelerating the works where possible.

The navigation will reopen during 1st to 4th February as per the original programme.  Please be aware the towpath will not be available and a diversion will be in place.

Lock 51
Up Stream Winding Hole: Alvechurch Marina
Down Stream Winding Hole: Stoke Prior

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 22 January until 6pm Friday 16 March 2018)

Works are to be carried out on the Tardebigge Flight to repair the rotating waterway wall at Pound 51. Asset WB-025-10.  E398,364 N268,421.  The works will start on  22nd  January – 16th March, and last 8 weeks in which time there will be a stoppage. Water will remain in the pound whilst works are undertaken with  draw down for just one or two specialist operations lasting a day.

The towpath will be closed for the duration, however a diversion will be signposted from bridge 55 along the crest of the reservoir and down the steps opposite bridge 54 for pedestrians.  An alternative route will be suggested  for cyclists , push chairs, wheel chairs and mobility scooters from bridge 54 and 55  and further afield so no one has a wasted journey. Bridge 54 will remain open however there will be the occasional managed closure to allow plant and materials to be manoeuvred. The PROW officer has been informed. The Fishermen’s car park at the end of Grimley lane will accommodate a welfare unit and storage for plant and materials. However,  will be kept to an absolute minimum allowing spaces for fisherman. Only one work van will be allowed on site, contractors will find alternative parking nearby.

Bridge 62A, Kepple Lane Footbridge

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 29 January until 6pm Wednesday 28 February 2018)

Please be advised that the dates have changed for the restriction in this area to facilitate the finishing off works at Garstang Road Footbridge

Works will be completed via a floating pontoon, please slow down when approaching the bridge and be prepared to stop if requested whilst the pontoon is moved out of the way.

A delay of no longer than 20 minutes may be experienced.


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