Planned Stoppages Listings

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Winter stoppages 2017-2018: canalrivertrust.org.uk>>

For River Thames: environment-agency.gov.uk>>

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

The Environment Agency’s Thames winter works: www.gov.uk>>

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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

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.

Starts At: Lock 88
Ends At: Lock 89

RESTRICTION (Monday 19 March until Sunday 30 September 2018)

In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, Canal & River Trust North West will be implementing overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area.

Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Lock 1 on the Leigh Branch will be padlocked from 8pm to 8am daily.

These measures will be in place from 19 March 2018 until 30 September 2018.

Nidd Mouth Nun Monkton River Ouse – Ferry Boat Trips

ADVICE (11am Saturday 31 March until 4pm Sunday 28 October 2018)

The foot passenger ferryboat service will be open to the public at weekends only from Saturday 31st March (depending on river levels) until the end of October from 11am – 4pm.

Full details can be found on the website www.nunmonktonferryboat.org

Starts At: Bridge 78, Raddlebarn Road
Ends At: Bridge 80, Bristol Road

ADVICE (8am Tuesday 3 April until 6pm Friday 28 September 2018)

Cadent Gas(formally National Grid) need to renew gas main cathodic protection posts at various locations along the above canal route. The towpaths will remain open at all times with pedestrians managed through the works as and when necessary.

Starts At: Bridge 86, Woodcock Lane
Ends At: Bridge 79, Damson Lane

ADVICE (8am Tuesday 3 April until 6pm Friday 28 September 2018)

Cadent Gas (formally National Grid) need to renew gas main cathodic protection posts at various locations along the above canal route. The towpaths will remain open at all times with pedestrians managed through the works as and when necessary.

Bridge 14, Footbridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (Monday 16 April until Friday 30 November 2018)

Third Party Contractors are closing the towpath between Bridge 13 and the Union Wharf at Market Harborough. They will be carrying out works to remove  the footbridge (Bridge14) and replacing it with a new road bridge crossing at the same location.

Due to the constraints at the location, the canal towpath will have to be closed for the duration of the works.

A diversion around the works will be put in place for pedestrians, from Bridge 13 along the B6047 to Union Wharf.

The Canal Navigation will remain open for the duration of the works although might be subject to short delays during critical elements of the bridge installation works.

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.

Huddlestones Wharf located 100m downstream of Mill Bridge

ADVICE (8am Wednesday 23 May 2018 until further notice)

Contractors are undertaking refurbishment of a building directly next to the watercourse which requires scaffolding to be constructed in the watercourse. Please slow down when approaching the site and be prepared to stop whilst contractors move out of the way. Follow any health and safety signage or instructions the Contractor may have. No disruption is envisaged.

The work will take around 24 weeks to complete.

Starts At: Lock 19, Old Ford Lock, Western Side
Ends At: Bridge 11, Carpenters Road (A115)

RESTRICTION (Monday 2 July until Monday 26 November 2018)

Footbridge Construction along the Lee Navigation just north of Old Ford Lock.

To protect the public using the towpath adjacent to the construction, hoarding will be erected and the front grass area concreted to provide a temporary towpath with safety fencing on the river’s edge. The grass area will be re-instated after the construction.

A short section of mooring will be suspended for the duration of the works.

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.

Branston Island

ADVICE (Monday 16 July until Sunday 30 September 2018)

Contractors (JN Bentley) are undertaking construction works on Branston Island for a few months and require a welfare unit so be situated on the watercourse.

No disruption is anticipated as a result of the boat.

Starts At: Lock 44
Ends At: Lock 34

RESTRICTION (9am Sunday 15 July 2018 until further notice)

Controls will be introduced on the Rochdale Canal from Sunday 15th July.

In overview the canal will be closed at the Summit on Mondays and Fridays until further notice.  CRT are also introducing overnight closures on the other days of the week.

The canal will be locked at Locks 34 and 44.  The first locks each evening will be put on at 4pm and our teams will work with boaters in summit sections after that time to ensure their passage out.  Moorings are available immediately below these locks for people arriving after 4 or during one of the closed days.

The canal will be reopened at 9am on open days.

These restrictions are necessary so that CRT can endeavour to maintain navigation for the rest of the season. It will continue to monitor the water resource position and update as necessary.

Starts At: Lock 1 East, Stanley Dawson Lock
Ends At: Lock 8 East, Roller Lock

RESTRICTION (9am Friday 13 July 2018 until further notice)

Controls will be introduced on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal from Friday 13th July.

CRTare introducing overnight closures on the East Lock flight of the Huddersfield narrow canal Monday to Sunday until further notice.

The canal will be locked at Locks 1 East to Lock 8 East.  The first locks each evening will be put on at 4pm and our teams will work with boaters in this section after that time to ensure their passage out.  Moorings are available immediately below these locks for people arriving after 4.

The canal will be reopened at 9am on each subsequent morning.

These restrictions are necessary so that CRT can endeavour to maintain navigation for the rest of the season. It will continue to monitor the water resource position and update as necessary.

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