Planned Stoppages Listings

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For Canal & River Trust: You can find all notices at
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

Winter stoppages 2021-2022: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/report/winter-notices.pdf

For River Thames: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/river-thames-restrictions-and-closures

For Avon Navigation Trust: avonnavigationtrust.org/notices>>

For Bridgewater Canal Company: bridgewatercanal.co.uk>>

The Environment Agency’s Thames winter works: www.gov.uk/river-thames-conditions-closures-restrictions-and-lock-closures.

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Please note: The following events appear in the order that the dates are posted to the website with the newest listings at the top of the list.

Planned Stoppages Listings

Worcester & Birmingham Canal

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: January 29, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Bridge 37, Summerhill Railway Bridge

RESTRICTION (6am-6pm Friday 28 January 2022)

Contractors on behalf of Network Rail will be undertaking an inspection of the bridge from a floating pontoon and small scaffold tower. There will also be divers in the water to check below water areas on the offside. Signage and lookouts will be in position, the divers will leave the water to allow any boats to pass safely.

The navigation and towpath will remain open with users being safely managed through the work area as and when required.

Calder & Hebble Navigation

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: January 31, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Long Cut End Viaduct Roped Access Inspection
Bridge 29, Long Cut End Viaduct

ADVICE (11pm Saturday 29 January until 8am Sunday 30 January 2022)

Bridgeway Consulting Ltd are undertaking an overnight bridge inspection using roped access techniques.

No disruption is anticipated to navigation traffic as the works are taking place overnight. 

However can skippers of any craft approaching during the works please slow down and follow any instructions given by staff on site.

Coventry Canal

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: January 28, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Water pipe crossing canal next to Bridge 48, Spon Lane, Grendon
Bridge 48A

RESTRICTION (6am-6pm Thursday 27 January 2022)

Contractors will be undertaking an inspection of the pipe bridge partly from a pontoon and partly by roped access.

The navigation and towpath will remain open with lookouts in place to safely manage users through the inspection area as and when necessary.

Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: January 26, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Whitley M62 Bridge Inspection

RESTRICTION (8pm Monday 24 January until 2am Tuesday 25 January 2022)

Contractors Amey are undertaking an inspection of the underneath of the motorway bridge structure crossing during the evening using an underbridge unit.

This should not affect navigation traffic as the works are taking place overnight.  However any traffic who may be passing could expect delays of up 20 minutes to enable the underbridge to move out of the way.

Chesterfield Canal

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: January 26, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Lock 61, Gringley Lock

NAVIGATIONCLOSURE (8am-6pm Tuesday 25 January 2022)

Divers will be investigating issues with the upstream ground paddles and carrying out any possible repairs.

Kennet & Avon Canal

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: February 12, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Bath Pumping Station
Starts At: Bridge 194, Dolmeads Bridge
Ends At: Lock 13, Bath Top Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Between Bridges 188 Sydney Wharf and 187 Syndey Gardens
Down Stream Winding Hole: By Bridge 194 Dolmeads Brudge

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 24 January until 4pm Friday 11 February 2022)

A stoppage is required to carry out works to dewater the canal to allow access into the pump chamber, undertake investigation works and silt clearance, and install a new penstock.

Please note that towpath access will only be restricted between Lock 7 & 9. The Navigation will be shut from top lock no.13 to bottom lock no.7 inclusive.


Kennet & Avon Canal

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: March 5, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Avoncliff Embankment, Bradford-on-Avon
Starts At: Lock 14, Bradford On Avon Lock
Ends At: Aqueduct 8, Avoncliff Aqueduct
Up Stream Winding Hole: Between Bridges 169 and 170
Down Stream Winding Hole: Between Bridge 175 and Dundas Aqueduct (65 ft)

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 24 January until 4pm Friday 4 March 2022)

Update on 14/01/2022:

The water level will be lowered by 100mm to enable works to be undertaken to the embankment. Navigation should not be affected, however boaters are requested to proceed with caution. The towpath will officially be closed between Avoncliff Aqueduct and Bridge 173 (Bradford-on-Avon Swingbridge), however it will be open during evenings and weekends. The towpath will be open to boaters to allow access onto their boats moored along this section of towpath.

Original message:

A stoppage is required so that works can be undertaken to stabilise the embankment.

The water level will be lowered by 100mm, therefore navigation should not be affected.

The towpath will be closed, however if we can re-open it at any time we will do so.

Ure Navigation

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: January 29, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Aldwark Footbridge – Diving inspection

RESTRICTION (8am Thursday 27 January until 6pm Friday 28 January 2022)

Contractors are carrying out a principal bridge inspection from scaffolding on a floating pontoon and will also have divers in the water.

Can skippers of all crafts please so slow and approach the area with caution.

Delays of up to 20 minutes may be experienced while tasks are completed and divers may need to move equipment out of the way.

River Soar

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: January 28, 2022
Planned Stoppages

St Margaret’s Lane Bridge (No.6 – Abbey Lane Bridge), Leicester

ADVICE (9am-5pm Thursday 27 January 2022)

One of the existing street art murals is being repaired at St Margaret’s Lane Bridge (No.6 – Abbey Lane Bridge) on Thursday 27th January. These are authorised works in conjunction with Leicester City Council.

The artist will be working from 9am to 5pm, using spray paint. The towpath will remain open, and barriers will be in place to cordon of the artist’s work area.

Please be aware of the reduced space on the access steps from St Margaret’s Lane due to the barriers.

Llangollen Canal

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: January 27, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Bridge 20, Wrenbury Bridge

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Tuesday 25 January until 6pm Wednesday 26 January 2022)

Please be advised third-party contractors will be onsite to carry out mechanical repairs of Bridge 20, Wrenbury Lift Bridge, on the Llangollen Canal.

A specialist mechanical contractor is scheduled to carry out repair work, whilst the work is undertaken the bridge cannot be operated.

Navigation will be closed to boats and the road will be closed in this location, a traffic management diversion will be operation.

Ure Navigation

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: January 29, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Aldwarke Toll Bridge

RESTRICTION (8am Thursday 27 January until 6pm Friday 28 January 2022)

Contractors are carrying out a principal bridge inspection from scaffolding on a floating pontoon and will also have divers in the water.

Can skippers of all crafts please so slow and approach the area with caution.

Delays of up to 20 minutes may be experienced while tasks are completed and divers may need to move equipment out of the way.

Calder & Hebble Navigation

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: January 27, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Bridge 21 Bradley Viaduct Inspection

ADVICE (8am Monday 24 January until 6pm Wednesday 26 January 2022)

Contractors Bridgeway Consulting Ltd are undertaking an inspection of Bridge 21 Bradley Viaduct using roped access techniques.

Navigation traffic may experience delays of up to 20 minutes to enable the Contractor to move out of the way.

Can skippers of all craft please slow down when approaching the area and follow any signage on site on approach to the bridge.

River Severn Navigation

Start date: January 21, 2022
Est. end if know: January 31, 2022
Planned Stoppages

3000 metres upstream of Stourport Boat Club and 1000 metres downstream of Stourport Boat Club.
Starts At: Gladder Brook Footbridge
Ends At: Lock 9 Lincomb Lock

EVENT (8am-5pm Sunday 30 January 2022)

Please be advised that a rowing event has been organised by the Stourport Boat Club.

The river will remain open although there may be slight delays. 

Please proceed with care and follow the guidance of the stewards/safety boats.

Walsall Canal

Start date: January 20, 2022
Est. end if know: January 24, 2022
Planned Stoppages


Starts At: Aqueduct 5, James Bridge Aqueduct
Ends At: Motorway M6 Bridge, Walsall

ADVICE (8am Saturday 22 January until 5.30pm Sunday 23 January 2022

The navigation and towpath will remain open. St Francis Group will be undertaking a non-submersion condition survey of the canal wall. Operatives in waders will be used to facilitate the works. Banksman and signage will be utilised to manage canal traffic. We kindly remind customers to take extra care whilst passing through this section. 

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