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

Upper Trent

Planned Stoppages

Sawley Marina

ADVICE (7am Friday 1 February 2019 until further notice)

CRT have been made aware of some changes regarding services linked to BWML Sawley Marina.

Below is a message from BWML Sawley Marina : –

” Since BWML’s affiliation with The Trust is no longer, we aren’t obliged to provide facilities to passing boaters.

However, we will be introducing a charge for cassette emptying allowing passing boaters to still make use of facilities but at a cost of £2 per cassette.

Please also be aware that our pump-out charge will be increased to £20 instead of £15.

These charges will come into effect from 1st February 2019. “

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/14558/sawley-marina

Grand Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 115C, Tiddenfoot Park Footbridge
Ends At: Bridge 115 (Footbridge)

ADVICE (Monday 1 April until Thursday 31 October 2019)

Update on 15/04/2019:

Please note that third party works have been extended till October.

Third party works around Br 115b and Br 115c, Leighton Buzzard, Grand Union

Between the period of April and August, National grid contractors will be replacing the overhead electricity transmission cables that over-sail the grand union canal. Protection systems such as scaffolds, guards and netting will be used during the works.

The towpath & navigation will remain open during this time although short delays (max 30mins) may be encountered during the protection system erection/dismantle procedures.

River Ouse

Planned Stoppages

Nun Monkton Ferry – River Ouse at the Nidd Junction

Thursday 28 March until 31 October 2019

Type: Advice 
Reason: Information


Original message:

This year the Nun Monkton Ferry Service will be including an additional drop-off and Pick-up point to its existing service.  The additional landing point will be known as Moor Monkton and is on the south bank of the River Ouse approximately 100m downstream of the confluence with the River Nidd. The Nunn Monkton Ferry Service will run from 6th April until the end of October.

Skippers of all craft are asked to reduce speed and wash when passing the ferry service.

Lee Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 4, Three Mills Lane

ADVICE (Tuesday 23 April until Monday 4 November 2019)



Original message:

Volker Stevin will be undertaking river wall repair & replacement works around the perimeter of the Three Mills Studios site, within Bow Creek and Channel Sea River. Which is located between Three Mills Lane Bridge and Three Mills Lock

Advanced warning signage will be present either side of the works.

Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 17

Update on 16/08/2019:

Restrictions in place are lifted with immediate effect.

However the flight will be locked overnight and the opening hours are currently 08:00 – 19:00 with last boat in at 18:15.

 Water levels in some reservoirs across the Braunston and Leicester summit have improved due to the recent rainfall, the reduced canal demands due to local water saving restrictions, and short duration summer stoppage works which have been successful in saving water.

We now feel that the improvement in the water resources situation in the Braunston Summit Reservoir Group and the Leicester Summit Reservoir Group is sufficient to lift the restrictions introduced earlier in the summer.

Boaters can always help conserve water by sharing locks where possible and making the best use of the water available, ensuring paddles are fully closed once they’ve passed through a lock.  It’s helpful to aim for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open when passing through as pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.  Thank you for your help.

Update on 16/08/2019:

Restrictions in place are lifted with immediate effect.  Water levels in some reservoirs across the Braunston and Leicester summit have improved due to the recent rainfall, the reduced canal demands due to local water saving restrictions, and short duration summer stoppage works which have been successful in saving water.

We now feel that the improvement in the water resources situation in the Braunston Summit Reservoir Group and the Leicester Summit Reservoir Group is sufficient to lift the restrictions introduced earlier in the summer.

Boaters can always help conserve water by sharing locks where possible and making the best use of the water available, ensuring paddles are fully closed once they’ve passed through a lock.  It’s helpful to aim for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open when passing through as pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.  Thank you for your help.

RESTRICTION (9am Monday 6 May 2019 until further notice)

After a relatively dry winter, following on from last year’s exceptionally dry summer – one of the hottest and driest on record – reservoirs feeding some parts of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals have not refilled as quickly as would normally be expected.

Recent heavy storms have not been able to compensate for a continued period of below average rainfall that goes back to June 2018 and that has meant some reservoirs in this area have not refilled as we would normally expect. For example Naseby Reservoir, our largest reservoir serving this part of the canal network, started the season around 60% full.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.

We will continue to monitor our reservoir storage and canal opening hours with a view to keeping

disruption to a minimum whilst balancing a need to save water.

Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.  

For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating

In the days preceding, during (25th to 27th May) and following Crick Boat Show opening hours will be relaxed to allow boat traffic to navigate to and from the event with minimal disruption.

From the 6th May, lock opening hours will be:

9am to 5pm (last entry on the flight 4.15pm)

Grand Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Lock 1, Braunston
Ends At: Lock 6, Top Lock

RESTRICTION (9am Monday 10 June 2019 until further notice)

Levels within reservoirs feeding the Leicester Summit and Grand Union Mainline are lower than usual for the time of year following below average rainfall over the last eleven months.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.

Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.  

River Great Ouse

Planned Stoppages

Denver East Finger Moorings

RESTRICTION (Monday 17 June until 27 September 2019)

A navigation restriction notice is required to remove and replace the existing 17 timber
finger moorings with new aluminium frame finger moorings to expand the site to allow
up to 30 new moorings. The project scope also includes the desilting of approximately
153m long section of river bed under the existing timber finger moorings.
The new finger moorings and associated guide piles will be installed via waterborne
plant in the river so please proceed with caution.

Rochdale Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Lock 18
Ends At: Bridge 19, Stubbings Road Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 17 June until 6pm Saturday 30 November 2019)

Upgrading of the towpath surface is taking place between Lock 18 and Stubbings Road Bridge. Wash walls will also be repaired where necessary.

The alternative towpath route will be along Rochdale Road at the Todmorden end going onto Halifax Road.

The contractors will endeavour to keep as much as the towpath open as possible during these works.

River Severn Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Location: Severn Trent Pumping Station, Upton on Severn

ADVICE (8am Monday 10 June until 5pm Wednesday 30 October 2019

Please be advised that Severn Trent Water are carrying out work on the Severn Trent Water Pumping Station, near Upton on Severn, upgrading the water intakes.

Divers will be operating at times and customers are advised to approach the area with caution and respond to instructions from operatives.

Kennet & Avon Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Lock 60, Crofton Lock
Ends At: Lock 22, Lower Foxhangers Lock
Down Stream Winding Hole: Foxhangers

Friday 21 June 2019 10:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction 
Reason: Water resources


Original message:

Limited water resources due to lack of rainfall in the local area, combined with technical difficulties, mean that it has unfortunately become necessary to restrict navigation over the summit of the Kennet & Avon Canal. The affected area stretches from the bottom of Caen Hill Flight to the bottom of Crofton flight.

We are of course doing everything we can to manage and resolve the technical issues, but this work could take up to a month and it is likely, depending on recovery of natural water resources, that some restrictions will continue to be needed throughout the summer.

The water available and progress with works will be frequently reviewed and adjustments to the restrictions made accordingly.

Initially, from Friday 21st June, the length described above will be restricted to working between 10:00hrs and 16:00hrs every day, which means that last entry into Caen Hill Flight will be at 13:00hrs.

It will not be possible to physically lock every structure, and we will not clear the area of vessels outside these times, but we ask boating customers to please help us manage the situation and limit future restrictions by not drawing water through any lock outside of the working hours, and by minimising their use of water as much as possible at all times. Should you have concerns about levels during this period, please contact the Trust.

Conisbrough Railway Bridge

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 8 July until 6pm Sunday 27 October 2019)

AMCO will be conducting intrusive investigation works in the river bed to determine the cause of structural movements on the bridge.

They will be undertaking coring and borehole works in the river bed from pontoons in spans 1 and 3. A safety boat will also be located on the watercourse.

Boaters and other navigation traffic who may be passing by may be delayed for up to 20 minutes to enable the contractor to move any equipment out of the way. Works are only ongoing in spans 1 and 3 and not the main navigation so it is anticipated that no disruptions will occur. A safety boat will be on site at all times during the works.

Shropshire Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 123B, City Road
Ends At: Hoole Lane Bridge No 123A
Up Stream Winding Hole: SU-019-014 Quarry Bridge
Down Stream Winding Hole: SU-015-020 Cow Lane 

Monday 1 July 2019 08:00 until Monday 16 December 2019 17:00

Type: Advice 
Reason: 3rd Party Works


Original message:

Ongoing construction works alongside the canal.

Third party contractors are working alongside the canal as part of the redevelopment of the shot Tower site.  Various works are taking place and a crane will oversail part of the canal.

The canal and towpath will remain open but boaters are requested to approach with caution.

Rochdale Canal

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 11, Midgely Road Bridge

RESTRICTION (8am Wednesday 24 July until 6pm Tuesday 24 September 2019)

Construction of an overflow into the canal adjacent to Midgley Road bridge.

The construction requires a temporary restriction of the width of the canal. The canal is approx. 15m wide at this point and a limited restriction of 2m on the offside will still allow the canal to be 13m wide at this point, so boat movements should not be affected.

It is a third party contractor working for the EA on Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation Scheme

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 174, Thorlby Swing Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 175, Niffany Swing Bridge

Monday 22 July 2019 08:00 until further notice

Type: Towpath Closure 
Reason: Maintenance


Original message:

As part of the Craven towpath improvement project the towpath between Bridge 174. Thorlby swing bridge to Bridge 175 Niffany swing bridge will be closed.

Diversions signs will be in place.

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