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.

Rochdale Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 89, Gt Ancoats Street
Ends At: Lock 83 Brownsfield

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 30 April  until 5pm Saturday 2 February 2019)

Third Party Contractors will be on site and will be putting up scaffolding adjacent to the Brownfield Mill. The purpose for this is refurbishment works .

Farmers Bridge Lock 6

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 14 May 2018 until 6pm Sunday 17 February 2019)

Winvic Construction Ltd will be erecting a hoarding and scaffolding on the rear of the towpath adjacent to Lock 6 on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal. The works are part of the Newhall Square development and are required to facilitate the construction works. Whilst the towpath will be narrowed slightly the use of the lock will not be affected.  Pedestrians and cyclist are asked to slow down and dismount upon approach and adhere to any instruction given by the contractors at the time. A slight delay may be expected during erection of the hoarding/scaffolding, but warning signs and banksmen will be in place to advise canal users.

Grand Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

Lock 81, Batchworth Lock

ADVICE (Monday 2 July until Monday 31 December 2018)

Contractors will be carrying out works building the new Education Centre, where the canal model was situated.

Access to the ramp down to the water point, Elsan and workshop will be restricted to pedestrian access only.

Boaters will still be able to moor and use the facilities as normal.

The canal towpath and navigation will remain open and unaffected by the works.

Bridge 71, Friars Gate

Update on 23/11/2018:

The contractor has found that additional repairs are necessary, therefore the works will continue until 17th February 2019.

RESTRICTION (7am Wednesday 8 August until 7am Friday 14 December 2018)

Contractors (Amco) are carrying out bridge strengthening works and require an encapsulated scaffold over the watercourse.
The watercourse will be restricted at this location in width due to the scaffold at either the side of the structure however boats will still be able to navigate through during the works as sufficient width will be left for navigating.

Please slow down when approaching bridge and be prepared to stop if requested.  Delays not exceeding 15-20 minutes.

Ashton Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 24, Hanover Street Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 27, Pottinger Street Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (6am Monday 13 August 2018 until further notice)

We will have contractors starting on site at Guide Bridge on 13 August 2018 with works expected to be complete by Christmas. This project will create a link between the Ashton Canal towpath and the street level above, improving accessibility for the local community.

The work will take place on the cutting above the canal and the navigation will remain open.  Unfortunately, the towpath will have to be closed as the area will be used as part of the construction works.

The towpath will be closed between Bridge 24 Hanover Street Bridge (China Bridge)  and bridge 27 Pottinger Street Bridge (Jeremy Brook Bridge). There is access to alternate routes to and from the towpath at both these bridges.

Montgomery Canal

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 85, Crickheath Heath Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 20 August until 6pm Thursday 28 February 2019)

Contractors are restoring the winding hole north of Crickheath Bridge 85 on the Montgomery Canal. This is part of the £4m restoration of the Montgomery Canal, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

Works will involve sheet piling and excavation works followed by the re-lining of the canal.

Bridge 11, Boots

ADVICE (8am Thursday 30 August 2018 until 5pm Friday 24 May 2019)

Contractors (Stepnell Construction) are undertaking construction of two blocks of student accommodation directly adjacent to the canal. All boat traffic and waterway users should take caution when passing and abide by the contractor’s advice. No delays anticipated as a result of these works. Please slow down when approaching the site and follow any signs and instructions the Contractor has on site.

Please slow down when approaching the site and follow any signs and instructions the Contractor has on site.

Lee Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Lock 7, Carthagena Lock

ADVICE (Monday 27 August until Monday 31 December 2018)

A volunteer led project is being undertaken for towpath imrpovement works along the River Lee near Carthegena Lock.

To assist with the works, one of the Trust’s work boats is required to support the team with the movement of materials along this stretch.

A mooring suspension will therefore be in place for the operational craft to be moored at.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 226, Office Lock Bridge
Ends At: Lock 2, Office Lock

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 3 September 2018 until 5pm Sunday 28 April 2019)

Contractors are constructing a new building and renewing the towpath at this location. The existing towpath will be closed for safety reasons during these works.

Starts At: Bridge 15, Black Horse Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 15A, Greenford Road (A4127)

RESTRICTION (Monday 17 September until Friday 21 December 2018)

Third party contractors are undertaking development works on the offside canal banks which will involve a new sheet pile wall installation along the offside wall.

During the works, a floating pontoon 10m x 5m in size will be located in the canal adjacent to the offside wall and will be used to support a piling rig.

During the works, the navigation shall remain open. There will be a restriction in the navigation immediately adjacent to Bridge 15 and 15A. The restriction will be localised at the bridges, and boaters are advised to observe signage and instructions from banksmen as the restriction will permit 1 no. boat to pass at any one time.

Moorings will be suspended between the two bridges during the works.

Starts At: Bridge 18, Rea Swing Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 22, Hempsted Road Swing Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (Monday 24 September until Saturday 22 December 2018)

Please be advised the towpath between Rea and Hempsted Bridge will be closed from 24th September to 22nd December for the safety of all users whilst towpath improvement works are being carried out.

Gloucestershire City Council has received funding to greatly improve the towpath for a length of 3.5 kilometres. The benefits will see the majority of towpath widened with an improved surface, suitable for use in all weathers.

We hope these improvements will encourage people to use the towpaths on their daily commute as well as for a means of relaxing and will leave the busy roads behind!

Grand Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Lock 8
Ends At: Lock 11

RESTRICTION (3pm Monday 1 October 2018 until further notice)

The Met Office declared this summer as being the joint hottest on record, with only 61% of average rainfall received.

As we move into autumn the weather may be cooler, but we are still feeling the effects of the dry summer. Streams feeding canals are drier than normal, and our reservoirs are lower than usual for this time of year.

 We are reluctantly having to introduce further measures to manage the risk of reservoir running out of water before the start of winter stoppage season.

Lock opening hours are being tightened to further control canal demands. Shorter days of lock operation will also provide the back pumps with more time to transfer water from up from the river’s Tone and Ouse (providing an alternative source of water to our depleted reservoirs).

Even despite recent storms and heavy rainfall our reservoirs in this part of the network are relatively slow to refill. It takes more than a few storms to provide water for a summer of navigation. We will be watching weather patterns develop over the coming autumn and winter months hoping for a positive response in reservoirs over the winter.

As we monitor the impact of storms and periods of wet weather we will continue to review our canal opening hours with a view to keeping disruption to a minimum.


You can find out more about how we manage our water at

 or contact us


We advise boaters not to moor overnight between locks 8 and 11 (water levels may fluctuate overnight). To guarantee passage through the entire flight they should arrive at Lock 8 going downhill and Lock 11 going uphill no later than 2 hours before closing.


Opening times for the canal from October 1:

8am to 5pm

[last entry on the flight 3pm]

You can view this notice and its map online here:

Starts At: Bridge 18, Rea Swing Bridge
Ends At: Access Point-Midsummer Walk

Update on 28/11/2018:

Please be advised that the towpath is now fully open between Rea Bridge and Midsummer Walk as the first phase of laying tarmacadam has been completed ahead of schedule.

Certain lengths will be closed during the spring of 2019 when the weather is favourable in order to install the buff-coloured surface dressing. We will advise of the dates of these closures nearer to the time.

For further information or advice, please contact the Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or at

Update on 02/11/2018:

Please be advised that works between Sellars Bridge and Rea Bridge, and Rea Bridge and Sims Bridge has been completed ahead of schedule and the towpath in these areas is now open.

As a result the next stage of the works has been brought forward and over the coming week the towpath between Sims and Netheridge Bridges will be closed for a period of time, as well as between Netheridge and Hempsted.

All other closures remain consistent with the dates previously specified.

Update on 05/10/2018:

Please be advised that whilst the towpath improvement works are ongoing, for the safety of all users there will be no access to the towpath along the lengths of canal between Rea and Hempsted Bridges in places where the works are being carried out.

The towpath will however be reopened at the weekend to all users and access to moorings will be available during this time.

All other staged towpath closures remain as previously specified.

Update on 01/10/2018:

Please be advised the towpath between Rea and Hempsted Bridge will now be closed from 24th September 2018 to 15th February 2019 for the safety of all users whilst towpath improvement works are being carried out.

The towpath will be closed in stages as listed below. However, please be aware that these dates are not fixed and are subject to change. Please only use them as a rough guide when planning your journey.

24/09/18 – 12/10/18 – closed from Rea Bridge to 200m south.

25/09/18 – 09/11/18 – closed from Rea Bridge to Sims Bridge.

22/10/18 – 30/11/18 – closed from Sims Bridge to Netheridge Bridge.

12/11/18 – 08/01/19 – closed from Netheridge Bridge to Hempsted Bridge.

17/12/18 – 15/02/19 – closed from Hempsted Bridge to Midsummer Walk.

Gloucestershire City Council has received funding to greatly improve the towpath for a length of 3.5 kilometres. The benefits will see the majority of towpath widened with an improved surface, suitable for use in all weathers.



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