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

Lee Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 24, Ferry Lane Bridge (A503)
Ends At: Bridge 26, Lock Crossover Bridge

RESTRICTION (Tuesday 27 August 2019 until Friday 28 February 2020)

Update on 19/07/2019:

Revised dates due to contractor issues on the project

Hale Wharf Bridge Contractor to install 2 New Bridges, north of Tottenham Lock. To connect the new development up to the Tottenham community.

The Towpath will need to be closed to facilitate these works and floating walkway installed within navigation to divert pedestrians onto.

Lifting in of the main bridge over the Lee Navigation is planned during December 2019, which will require approximately 6 no. 30 minute restrictions of the navigation over a five day period.

Exact dates for this will follow when confirmed by Contractor.

Original message:

Hale Wharf Bridge Contractor will be installing 2 New Bridges, north of Tottenham Lock, to connect the new development up to the Tottenham community.

The Towpath will need to be closed from Br 24 extending 500m North, to facilitate these works a floating walkway will be installed within the navigation to divert pedestrians onto.

125m of mooring will be suspended North of Br 24.

Lifting in of the main bridge over the Lee Navigation will be planned during August-September 2019 and may cause delays of up to 30 minutes during a 5 day period. Exact dates for this will follow when confirmed by the Contractor.

Lee Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 28A

RESTRICTION (Tuesday 3 September until Tuesday 31 March 2020)

North London Waste Authority Contractor to replace the existing Bridge 28A bearings, Lee Park Way, Edmonton.

The Towpath will need to be closed to facilitate these works and floating walkway installed within navigation to divert pedestrians onto. Hoarding will be installed to protect the public during the works.

Moored Boats on both sides will need to be relocated to another location.

Brent Reservoir (Welsh Harp)

ADVICE (Monday 16 September 2019 until Monday 16 March 2020)

Third party contractors will be undertaking piling works within the Brent Reservoir as part of a new footbridge construction adjacent to the existing cool oak lane road bridge.
Please observe local signage whilst the works are underway.

Starts At: Main Street Bridge
Ends At: Bridge Street Bridge

ADVICE (8am Monday 30 September 2019 until 6pm Monday 30 March 2020)

Contractors working for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council are carrying out piling works as part of the flood defence scheme. The works will be on Forge Island.
Boaters should be aware that during piling works there may be dust and noise near Forge Island and Rotherham Lock.
There will be no obstruction to lock operation. Can skippers of all craft please slow down and approach with care.

Stainforth & Keadby Canal

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 83, Keadby Rail Drawbridge

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 30 September 2019 until 6pm Friday 28 February 2020)

Contractors are constructing a water abstraction unit on the edge of the canal to abstract water to a new power station.
Piling works and pontoons will be in the canal for the period allow the work to take place safely.
Skippers of all craft may be delayed for up to 20 minutes
to enable the equipment use to move positions.
All skippers to approach the area with caution and to reduce speed when passing through.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 225H, Railway Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 226, Office Lock Bridge

ADVICE (8am Monday 14 October 2019 until 6pm Friday 24 September 2021)

The offside towpath will be closed for safety reasons whilst contractors are constructing new buildings on the tower works site.
Moorings on the offside will not be possible at the time of the works.
The normal towpath and cycleway will not be affected.
Skippers of all crafts will not be affected as the canal is fully open.

Oxford Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 235, Wolvercote Road Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 240, Aristotle Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (Monday 21 October 2019 until Friday 31 January 2020)

Mooring suspension & towpath closure, Oxford, South Oxford Canal
The Trust has been awarded funding to improve the towpath in Oxford, which involves towpath re-surfacing and access improvements which have been approved by Oxfordshire County Council.
From 21 October to 31 January 2020, all access points onto and off the canal will be closed between Wolvercote Road Bridge and Aristotle Bridge to enable construction work to take place and the towpath will be closed.
There will also be no mooring between these limits on these dates, except for the pre-approved agenda 21 residential moorings.
Workboats are being utilised to undertake the towpath repairs, so there may be short delays whilst boats are being loaded / unloaded at various locations within this area.
Please observe local diversions or seek alternative routes.

Starts At: Bridge 57, Lower Wern
Ends At: Bridge 47, Solomon’s Bridge

ADVICE (8am Monday 14 October 2019 until 6pm Saturday 29 February 2020)

Please be advised that dredging works are due to commence on the M&B Canal.
Works will start on the 14th Oct just south of Jockey Bridge (55). They will initially be carried out towards bridge 57 before progressing south towards Five Locks. We expect the work to be completed by Feb 2020
The canal and Towpath will remain open, but boaters may experience short delays when passing floating plant.
Please navigate with caution when passing the works and follow the advice of the dredging crew.

Rochdale Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 8, Brearley Road Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 9, Moderna Bridge

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 28 October until 6pm Friday 7 February 2019)

As part of the Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation Scheme repair of wash wall and construction of an overflow weir will be taking place.
Towpath users should follow the diversion route between Brearly Road Bridge 8 and Moderna Bridge 9. The canal towpath will be reduced by approx 1m.

The canal will be restricted in width by approximately 1m at the overflow weir location which will reduce the canal width to approximately 12m.
Boaters should slow down when approaching the construction area.

River Nene

Planned Stoppages

Wellingborough Embankment

ADVICE (Friday 1 November 2019 until 31 March 2020)

As per the annual winter shutdown, the Elsan, pump-out and
water point at Wellingborough Embankment will not be in
operation 1 November 2019 to 31 March 2020 (inclusive).

River Witham

Planned Stoppages

Lock 1, Stamp End Lock

ADVICE (Monday 28 October 2019 until Friday 31 January 2020)

Contractors (JBA Bentley) working on behalf of the Environment Agency are replacing the sluices at Stamp End. During the works, the operation of the lock will be unaffected, however the flood warning lights at Stamp End and Brayford Pool will be set to “Navigation Flow Intermediate – Proceed with caution” as they are no longer automatically activated from the EA Water Level System. The Trust will manually control the lights to “navigation flow high – Do Not Proceed” on receipt of information from the EA during the works. This information will only be available during office hours and may lag actual navigation flow conditions, extra care should be taken at all times before proceeding. If in doubt do not navigate, seek further advice.

River Nene

Planned Stoppages


NAVIGATION CLOSURE (Monday 11 November 2019 until 9 April 2020)

Our Winter Works Programme for 2019/2020 is a major investment in
many structures along the River Nene, which will deliver significant and
long-term benefits to the navigation. However, in order to deliver this, the
closure of some locks will be longer than usual and we apologise for any
inconvenience this may cause. Subject to weather and river conditions
we aim that the river will be fully open for navigation by Easter 2020.
Water Newton Lock (11 November until 7 February 2020)
Abington Lock (11 November until 20 December 2019)
Alwalton Lock (25 November until 31 January 2020)
Clifford Hill Lock (2 January until 17 February 2020)
Denford Lock (6 January until 2 March 2020)
Doddington Lock (3 February until 9 April 2020)
Billing Lock (27 January until 3 April 2020)

River Thames

Planned Stoppages

Iffley Reach: Iffley Lock to Folly Bridge

RESTRICTION (1-5pm Sundays 3 November and 1 December 2019, 26 January and 9 February 2020)

Isis Winter League. In between racing divisions a clear navigation channel will be in place along the centre of the river.


Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 131A, Daneshouse Bridge

RESTRICTION (8.30am Monday 25 November 2019 until 6pm Friday 27 March 2020)

Please be advised third-party contractors will be onsite at Danes House Canal Bridge to carry out essential repairs and repainting works.
To be able to carry out the necessary works, a scaffold tower will be in place. We politely request both towpath and canal users to approach the area with caution and be prepared to stop to allow any equipment to be moved out the way for safe passage. Please listen to any advice that may be given by the onsite banksmen and take note of the signage onsite.

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