Planned Stoppages Listings

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For Canal & River Trust: canalrivertrust.org.uk>>

Winter stoppages 2019-2020: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/report/winter-notices.pdf

For River Thames: www.gov.uk/river-thames-conditions-closures-restrictions-and-lock-closures.

For Avon Navigation Trust: avonnavigationtrust.org>>

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.

CRT Enquiries: 03030 404040 unless indicated otherwise


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

Lock 27 – Turnover Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (Monday 5 October until Saturday 10 October 2020)

Due to an unexpected maintenance fault with one of the lock gates, we have made plans to temporarily close Turnover Lock 27.

The lock has been assessed, to establish the full extent of what repair works are needed.

The works will start on Monday the 5th October and we aim to be finished by 4pm on Saturday 10th October.

Boaters can operate the lock up until the commencement of the planned works but are asked to minimise the use of the lock and proceed with extreme care.

Once the works have started on the 5th October, the lock will not be operational to boaters until the works have been completed.

Rochdale Canal

Planned Stoppages

Between Bridge 21, Callis Road Bridge and Bridge 19, Stubbings Road Bridge

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 5 October until 5pm Friday 9 October 2020)

Please be advised third party contractors will be onsite to carry out a detailed inspection at the Railway Bridge between Bridge 21, Callis Road Bridge and Bridge 19, Stubbings Road Bridge on the Rochdale Canal.
To be able to inspect the bridge, contractors in dry suits, will be in the water. We politely request all customers to approach the bridge with caution and be prepared to stop to allow the contractors move out the way for safe passage.
Please listen to any advice that may be given by the onsite banksmen and to take note of the signage onsite

Rochdale Canal

Planned Stoppages

Railway Viaduct – Between Bridge 32, Copperas House Bridge and Bridge 31, Bacup Road Bridge

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 5 October until 5pm Friday 9 October 2020)

Please be advised third party contractors, working for Network Rail, will be onsite to carry out a detailed inspection at the Railway Viaduct between Bridge 32, Copperas House Bridge and Bridge 31, Bacup Road Bridge on the Rochdale Canal.
To be able to inspect the viaduct, contractors in dry suits, will be in the water. We politely request all customers to approach the bridge with caution and be prepared to stop to allow the contractors move out the way for safe passage.
Please listen to any advice that may be given by the onsite banksmen and to take note of the signage onsite

Trent & Mersey Canal

Planned Stoppages

Railway Bridge 158
Starts At: Bridge 158B
Ends At: Bridge 158A
Up Stream Winding Hole: Malkins Bank TM-039-016
Down Stream Winding Hole: Dragons Lane TM-033-012

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 5 October until 5pm Friday 9 October 2020)

Please be advised Third Party Contractors will be onsite to carry out a detailed underwater inspection of Railway Bridge 158 CMP1/14 on the Trent & Mersey Canal.

To be able to inspect the bridge, contractors in dry suits, will be in the water. We politely request all customers to approach the bridge with caution and be prepared to stop to allow the contractors move out the way for safe passage

Please listen to any advice that may be given by the onsite banksmen and to take note of the signage onsite

Regent’s Canal

Planned Stoppages

Grouting works with floating pontoon in Lock 1B Hampstead Road lock,

RESTRICTION (8.30am Monday 5 October until 5pm Friday 16 October 2020)

We will be undertaking grouting works behind the lock chamber walls. These works will fill any voids behind the brickwork and prevent further deterioration of the structure.

During the works the contractor may have a pontoon within the lock and therefore only one narrowboat may enter at a time. Wide-beam boats may still use the lock as the contractor will remove their pontoon on these occasions.

Sellars Bridge for around 400M southwards, towards Hardwick.
Bridge 17, Sellars Swing Bridge

ADVICE (8am Monday 28 September until 5pm Friday 16 October 2020)

Please be advised that our Direct Services team will be working to improve the towpath, from Sellars Bridge for around 400M southwards, towards Hardwick.

Whilst there is no formal closure in place, it would be helpful if visitors could use an alternative route due to the narrow sections involved, for the next three weeks.

Where this is not possible, we will ensure that people are able to pass the works safely, but short delays should be expected whilst we move plant and machinery off the path, where necessary.

Please listen to any advice from the site team and contact us on enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk  should there be any aspect you would like to discuss.

Grand Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

HS2 National Grid Works – Grand Union Canal: Bridge 182(Turnover) to Bridge 181(Railway)
Starts At: Bridge 182 (Turnover)
Ends At: Bridge 181 (Railway)

ADVICE (9am Monday 5 October until 6pm Sunday 18 October 2020)

Please be advised that works associated with the construction of the new high speed railway – HS2 is taking place in this area, including the cutting of vegetation.
To ensure the safety of our customers on the towpath and using the canal, it may be necessary for the contractors undertaking the works to ask people to wait until it is safe for them to pass through the area.
Towpath users and boaters may be asked to wait for a maximum of 5minutes and 30minutes, respectively.

Stourport Narrow Lock No 1

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (9am Monday 5 October until 6pm Friday 27 November 2020)

Update on 09/09/2020:

During narrow lock gate replacement works customers are advised to use the Wide Beam Locks to access Stourport Basin or the River Severn. The Wide Beam locks will only be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am to 3pm and will be operated by staff members/ volunteers. Staff will be based in the Stourport Office located at the top of the Wide Beam Lock.

Customers can moor up and wait in the Top Basin, or use the pontoons, if coming up from the River Severn, when waiting for access through the locks.

For emergency access outside of the scheduled dates, please contact West Midlands Enquiries on 0303 0404040.

Stourport Lock 1 will be closed for planned stoppage works. Works to be undertaken include top and bottom gate replacements, ladder and brickwork repairs.

Stourport Narrow Lock No 2

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 5 October until 6pm Friday 27 November 2020)

Update on 09/09/2020:

During narrow lock gate replacement works customers are advised to use the Wide Beam Locks to access Stourport Basin or the River Severn. The Wide Beam locks will only be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am to 3pm and will be operated by staff members/ volunteers. Staff will be based in the Stourport Office located at the top of the Wide Beam Lock.

Customers can moor up and wait in the Top Basin, or use the pontoons, if coming up from the River Severn, when waiting for access through the locks.

For emergency access outside of the scheduled dates, please contact West Midlands Enquiries on 0303 0404040.

Stourport Lock 2 will be closed for planned stoppage works. Works to be undertaken include top and bottom gate replacements, ladder and brickwork repairs.

Rochdale Canal

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 43, Punchbowl Bridge

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 5 October until 6pm Friday 9 October 2020)

Update on 11/09/2020:

Please note the date change for these works. These works will now take place from Monday 5 October till, and inclusive of, Friday 9 October.

Please be advised third party contractors will be onsite to carry out a detailed inspection of Bridge 43, Punchbowl Bridge on the Rochdale Canal.

To be able to inspect the bridge, a pontoon will be in placed in the water. We politely request all customers to approach the area with caution and be prepared to stop to allow the pontoon to be moved out the way for safe passage. We anticipate a wait of no longer than 20 minutes. Please listen to any advice that may be given by the onsite banksmen and to take note of the signage onsite.

Original message:

A bridge inspection will be taking place on a floating pontoon.

Could skippers of all crafts slow down and approach the area with caution.

Delays of less than 20 minutes may occur whilst the pontoon is moved out the way.

Grand Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

Lock 1, Camp Hill Top Lock (Lock 52)
Up Stream Winding Hole: Winding Hole, Samson Road Wharf
Down Stream Winding Hole: near Lock 6, Camp Hill (lock 57)

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 5 October until 6pm Sunday 11 October 2020)

Update on 16/09/2020:

Please be advised that dredging will commence on Monday 5th October 2020.

Original message:

Customer may experience a short delay when dredging is carried out by contractors, ahead of winter stoppage works, at Camp Hill Top Lock. We kindly ask customers to follow instructions when passing through this area and be prepared to wait for a short period of time when dredging is taking place inside the lock.

Old Main Line

Planned Stoppages

Seven Stars Highway Bridge, Oldbury

ADVICE (8am Monday 28 September until 6pm Sunday 11 October 2020)

The navigation and towpath will remain open. Please be aware that the Eastern access point from Seven Stars Road Bridge will be closed, as scaffolding will be used when MSC Group repair the towpath side boundary wall. The Western Access point will remain open with fencing in place for the duration of the works. Banksman will be on site to facilitate passage and we kindly ask customers to take extra care when passing through this section

Lee Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Mooring Suspension/Towpath Closure
Starts At: Bridge 11, Carpenters Road (A115)
Ends At: Access Point

TOWPATH CLOSURE (7am-6pm Tuesday 29 September 2020)

Third Party contractors are carrying out tree works adjacent to the towpath near Copper Box Arena, at Hackney Wick on the Lee Navigation
Moorings have been suspended and the towpath will be closed between the towpath access point and bridge 11 on Tuesday 29th September between 7:00 am and 18:00 pm.

Caldon Canal

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 44, Basford Lane Bridge

ADVICE (8am-5pm Tuesday 6 October 2020)

The canal and towpath will remain open. Third party contractors working for the electricity company will undertake tree works alongside the towpath near Basford Lane Bridge. Customers are advised to approach with caution, follow warning signs and banksman’s instructions. Please be prepared to wait for a short while for workers to move out of the way.

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