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

Ashton Canal

Planned Stoppages

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.

Bridge 11, Boots

ADVICE (8am Thursday 30 August 2018 until 5pm Friday 24 May 2019)

Contractors (Stepnell Construction) are undertaking construction of two blocks of student accommodation directly adjacent to the canal. All boat traffic and waterway users should take caution when passing and abide by the contractor’s advice. No delays anticipated as a result of these works. Please slow down when approaching the site and follow any signs and instructions the Contractor has on site.

Please slow down when approaching the site and follow any signs and instructions the Contractor has on site.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 226, Office Lock Bridge
Ends At: Lock 2, Office Lock

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 3 September 2018 until 5pm Sunday 28 April 2019)

Contractors are constructing a new building and renewing the towpath at this location. The existing towpath will be closed for safety reasons during these works.

River Thames

Planned Stoppages

Culham Reach

ADVICE (Monday 29 October 2018 until Sunday 31 March 2019)

Culham Lock tail layby refurbishment works: the navigation layby downstream of Culham Lock, below the road bridge, is being refurbished. The lock will remain open during these works but river users please be aware of construction plant, for example barges, next to the tail layby downstream of the road bridge and proceed with caution when approaching or leaving the lock.

 

 

Leigh Branch/Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Planned Stoppages | Stoppages & Restrictions

Intersection of: Lock 1, Top Lock, Leigh Branch to Lock 1, Top Lock, Leigh Branch on Leigh Branch (Leeds & Liverpool Canal) and Lock 89 to Lock 88 on Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Update on 19/12/2018:

In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, we will continue to implement overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area.

Padlocks will be placed on Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) and Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and will be opened at 8am and locked at 3pm daily.

The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

RESTRICTION (Tuesday 30 October 2018 until further notice)

In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, as of Tuesday 30 October we will be implementing overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area.

Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Lock 1, Poolstock Lock on the Leigh Branch will be opened at 8am and locked at 4pm daily.

The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

River Thames

Planned Stoppages

Teddington Lock

LOCK CLOSURE (until 27 March 2019)

Refurbishing the lock chamber concrete walls and replacing the lock side rubbing timbers and bollards.

* River users will still be able to navigate through the Barge Lock

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Bridge 130B, Manchester Road Bridge
Ends At: Aqueduct 33, Sandholme 130J
Up Stream Winding Hole: After Bridge 137, Lob Lane Bridge.
Down Stream Winding Hole: Before Bridge 130B, Manchester Road Bridge.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 12 November 2018 until 5pm Wednesday 8 May 2019)

Update on 07/03/2019:

Due to the extension of the stoppage at Finsley Gate (please see separate notice), the closure at Bridge 130B and Sandholme Aqueduct, which is in the same area, also needs to be extended to reflect this stoppage period.  The end date has therefore been amended.

It is expected the navigation in this area will re-open on 8th May 2019.

Update on 01/03/2019:

Further to our earlier updates, we are very sorry to report we will be unable to complete the repairs at Finsley Gate within the timescale previously advertised.

Following the dewatering of the navigation, it was discovered the amount of silt along the length of the affected area was far greater than originally anticipated.  In addition, once the navigation was drained, the silt was tested and found to be contaminated.  When silt is contaminated, special measures have to be taken to remove it from site and to dispose of it safely.  These two factors have caused significant delays to the project.

Moreover, when the navigation was dewatered, it was found the retaining wall was in a much worse condition than initially expected.  This, too, has resulted in additional works.

Please be assured our contractors are doing everything they can to complete this project as soon as possible.  However, we will not be in a position to re-open the navigation until 8 May 2019.

Update on 15/10/2018:

Please note the start date for this closure has been put back by one week until 12th November.

This is to keep the navigation open for an additional week following the restrictions imposed during the summer due to the drought.  Our contractors will be completing their site set-up in the week before the stoppage, so please take care while travelling through the area.

Please note that the towpath will still be closed from 5th November, as originally planned.

Update on 03/09/2018:

The length from Manchester Road Bridge 130B to Bridge 130E will be dewatered to allow for canal relining works, work to the towpath retaining wall and offside soft bank protection.

Stop plank grooves will also be constructed at Bridge 130B and Sandholme aqueduct.

The final design and methodology have now been confirmed and, as a result of the extent of works involved and for safety reasons, the towpath will also have to be closed during the stoppage.

Our contractor will erect signage at the convenient closure points so that people can come off and use another route.

Original message:

The length from Manchester Road Bridge 130B to Bridge 130E will be dewatered to allow for canal re lining works.

Kennet & Avon Canal

Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Lock 15, Semington Lock
Ends At: Lock 16, Harris Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Bridge 150 Sells Green Swingbridge
Down Stream Winding Hole: Whaddon 65ft Winding Hole

Update on 06/12/2018:

Following the inspection it has been found that the bottom approach chamber wall support has collapsed.

Consequently the lock will remain closed until further notice.

Engineers are currently working on a method of repair.

Update on 05/12/2018:

Following the inspection it has been found that the bottom approach chamber wall support has collapsed.

Consequently the lock will remain closed until further notice.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Tuesday 4 December until 4pm Thursday 6 December 2018)

Lock 16 will be closed to boating traffic from 8am on Tuesday 4th December to 4pm on Thursday 6th December with the pound between Lock 15 and 16 being drained of water.

We are inspecting the lock before we carry out repairs to the chamber walls of Lock 16, which will be done as part of the winter stoppage planned to take place from 7th January 2019.

Hubbert’s Bridge Slipway & navigation channel (Black Sluice aka South Forty Foot)

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (until 6pm Sunday 31 March 2019)

NAVIGATION CLOSURE NOTICE FROM THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY.

Please note, this closure relates to Hubbert’s Bridge Slipway and navigation channel – Black Sluice (aka South Forty Foot) – and NOT the River Witham.

Please be aware that Hubbert’s Bridge Slipway and navigation will be closed to all powered and unpowered craft from 31st October 2018 to 31st March 2019.

This is due to the navigation channel being used as part of the EA’s flood management over the winter period.

For further information please contact the EA’s river inspector, Sam Brockett, on 07775 228323.

 

Oxford Canal

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 238B, Unipart Bridge

ADVICE (Tuesday 1 January until Friday 31 May 2019)

Update on 18/12/2018:

During the works the towpath will be restricted in width. Cyclists are asked to dismount when passing marked work areas

Original message:

Due to works on Agenda 21 the 48 hour moorings at  Elizabeth Jennings will be suspended between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 May 2019.

River Nene

Planned Stoppages

ADVICE (until 30 March 2019)

Various landing stages

 Earls Barton Upstream Landing Stage
 Lower Wellingborough Upstream Landing Stage
 Irthlingborough Upstream and Downstream Landing Stages
 Upper Ringstead Upstream and Downstream Landing Stages
 Woodford Upstream Landing Stage
 Denford Upstream Landing Stage
 Wadenhoe Upstream Landing Stage
 Cotterstock Upstream and Downstream Landing Stages
 Warmington Downstream Landing Stage

It is intended that the works will take approximately 1 week per landing stage. Please
be aware the works will be paused over the Christmas period and will recommence at
Earls Barton on 7 January 2019.

During the works a temporary landing stage will be in place to allow navigation to
continue. Please take care when using this structure and adhere to any warning signs
or instructions given by the contractors on site.

Please be aware these works are river and weather condition dependent.


Kennet & Avon Canal

Planned Stoppages

Lock 16, Harris Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Foxhangers Wharf
Down Stream Winding Hole: Whaddon, between Bridges 161 and 162

Update on 20/03/2019:

Due to a significant effort from the project team and our contract partners, the works to Lock 16 have been accelerated to enable the canal to be reopened to traffic on Friday 22nd March 2019. 

In order to enable opening earlier than originally programmed on 2nd April 2019, not all the facing brickwork to the new concrete downstream approach wall of the lock has been completed and temporary copings have been installed.  The lock sides have all been levelled and the quadrant temporarily reinstated so that the lock can be safely operated, with a view to our direct services team returning to site in the 2019 winter stoppage period to complete the brickwork and also to refit the bottom gates now the downstream walls have been stabilised. 

Update on 27/02/2019:

Further to our earlier updates, we are very sorry to report we will be unable to complete the repairs at Lock 16 within the timescale previously advertised.    

Following the dewatering of the navigation, it was decided to remove the entire height of the downstream lock approach walls to enable an effective repair.  The extent of the scour and erosion of the existing walls in the lock approach bay was also found to be much more severe than initially believed.  These two issues required a change in the design and an increase in the scope of works.  Progress was delayed due to safety concerns following movement of the lock approach wall, which has now been resolved.

Please be assured our contractors are doing everything they can to complete these repair works as soon as possible.  However, we will not be in a position to re-open the navigation until Tuesday, 2nd April

We will not be able to complete the brickwork facing during the stoppage and so will return later in the year to carry out this work.  It is expected this will be done under local restrictions and we will issue an update as soon as the timings for this have been agreed.

Update on 15/01/2019:

Further to our last update, please be aware, for safety reasons, the towpath will also be closed from 21st January and will remain closed until completion of the repairs in March. 

An alternative route is available via the public rights of way to the south of the canal, and a map will be displayed on site.  

Update on 09/01/2019:

Following the failure of the offside approach wall on 4th December 2018, the scope of the work has now increased over and above that originally anticipated. 

We are working with our contract partner to undertake a full repair.  We are currently developing the programme but works will be completed no later than 15th March 2019

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 7 January until 4pm Friday 25 January 2019)

Update on 20/09/2018:

The navigation at Lock 16 will be dewatered to allow a full investigation of the condition of the lock.  Emergency repairs will be carried out duringthe closure, as appropriate.

Following consultation with local customers and stakeholders, the closure has been re-programmed and will now take place after Christmas, as originally planned.

Trent & Mersey Canal

Planned Stoppages

Lock 3, Aston Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Sarson’s Bridge 11
Down Stream Winding Hole: Shardlow, near Bridge 2

Update on 08/03/2019:

Unfortunately, CRT will be unable to complete the repairs needed at Aston Lock 3 as planned.

We have had considerable additional work to do including the complete replacement of quoins and collars on all the gates, followed by the replacement of the top and bottom gates, as well as extensive brickwork repairs to the lock chamber walls.  

The team has been working hard to complete this work as advertised (including working at weekends) but more time is needed to finish all the additional repairs required.  

It is now expected the navigation will re-open on Sunday 24th March.   We sincerely apologise for this delay.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 7 January until 4pm Friday 15 March 2019)

Update on 27/11/2018:

Additional works have been identified at Aston Lock 3 which require an extension to the duration of the navigation closure.

In addition to general repairs and improvements to the locks, new quoins will be installed prior to the replacement of the top and bottom lock gates.  

Original message:

Replacement of the top and bottom lock gates needed and general repairs to the lock 

ADVICE (Saturday 22 December 2018 until 30 June 2019)

Engineers are undertaking repair works on a rail viaduct in the Manea area.
Temporary scaffolding will be installed but this will not affect navigation.

EA advise caution if proceeding.

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