Planned Stoppages Listings

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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

Tees Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Diving Inspection
Yarm Road Bridge

RESTRICTION (8am Wednesday 10 March until 6pm Friday 12 March 2021)

A bridge inspection using divers will be carried out by Third Party Works at Yarm Bridge.
Skippers of all crafts please slow down and approach the area with caution and be aware of the presence of divers in the water.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 182A Bradley Swing Bridge, Bridge 214 Millman Swing Bridge and Bridge 223 Wyther Bridge

Starts At: Bridge 182A, Bradley Swing Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 223, Wyther Bridge

ADVICE (9am-4pm Thursday 4 March 2021)

Contractors will be in the water at each Bridge hole undertaking an inspection of the structure. Support staff will monitor the works site and the Bridge approaches for ongoing boats and towpath users.
Signage will be placed at each Bridge & approach warning of the works ahead. There will be a support vehicle and equipment located close to the Bridge site.
The inspection will be carried out in the order noted above, starting at Bridge 182A then onto Bridge 214 and finishing at Bridge 223.
Skippers of all craft are advised to slow down when approaching these sites and will be asked to wait for a short period of time whilst the Contractor either completes the inspection, or safely moves clear of the Bridge hole.
Towpath users will be safely guided past the works site.

Shropshire Union Canal

Planned Stoppages

Replacement Fencing at Ellesmere Port
Starts At: Bridge 144A, M53 Motorway
Ends At: Bridge 144, Bewelys

ADVICE (8am Monday 15 March until 5pm Friday 9 April 2021)

Please be advised third-party contractors will be onsite between Bridge144A, M53 Motorway and Bridge 144, Bewelys on the Shropshire Union Canal to install the replacement security fencing alongside the towpath.

Whilst both the towpath and navigation will remain open the contractors will be working within a compound on the towpath verge.

We politely request all customers to approach the area with caution and be prepared to wait until it is safe to pass. Please listen to any advice that may be given by the contractors on site.

Trent & Mersey Canal

Planned Stoppages

Gantry Bridge at Inovyn Enterprises Ltd
Starts At: Bridge 186
Ends At: Bridge 187A
Up Stream Winding Hole: TM-017-008 Wincham
Down Stream Winding Hole: TM-017-015 Broken Cross

Tuesday 2 March 2021 08:00 until Tuesday 23 March 2021 17:00

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: 3rd Party Works


Update on 25/02/2021:


Please be advised that the works have been delayed by the contractors and will now commence on the 2nd March to finish on the 23rd March 2021.


Original message:


Please be advised that Third party contractors will be onsite at Bridge 186, Gantry bridge at Inovyn Enterprises Ltd on the Trent and Mersey Canal to install a temporary scaffold over the canal and towpath.  This will remain in place for 12 months.

The third party contractors will be installing a temporary scaffold over the canal and towpath for repairs to an existing gantry bridge, a temporary pontoon will be used.

Whilst the navigation and towpath will remain, we politely ask customers to approach the area with caution and listen  to any advice that may be given by the third party contractors and be prepared to stop if necessary whilst the pontoon is moved out of the way.

Barnby Dun Lift Bridge

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 8 March until 4pm Monday 29 March 2021)

Update on 09/02/2021:

Unfortunately, due to further delays with the delivery from Europe of essential parts for the new hanger rods, we will be unable to complete repairs at Barnby Dun Lift Bridge as expected.

However, additional teams will be brought in to assist on the project and we will work through the weekends to enable the repairs to be completed as quickly as possible.

We hope to re-open the navigation on 29th March 2021.

Update on 21/12/2020:

Unfortunately, issues and delays with the delivery of some key parts for the replacement hanger rods means our programme of works for lift bridge repairs has been affected, and our stoppage dates need to be put back.

Please note the revised dates for this closure.

Original message:

A stoppage is required to enable the replacement of worn hanger rods.

Coventry Canal

Planned Stoppages

Blackhorse Road footbridge, Sutton Stop

Bridge 11, Coney Lane footbridge

ADVICE (8am Monday 8 March until 5pm Friday 12 March 2021)

The navigation and towpath will remain open. Warwickshire CC will be undertaking maintenance works including painting of the main support beams carrying Blackhorse Road canal footbridge. Access to the beams will be via a narrow mobile scaffold tower situation on the towpath and a pontoon in the canal.
Customers may encounter a short delay during the scaffolding erection and dismantling processes, also when the pontoon repositions to allow for boats to pass. We kindly ask all customers to take extra care and follow directions given on site when passing through the work area.

Fossdyke Canal

Planned Stoppages

Torksey Lock Embankment

Lock 1, Torksey Lock

ADVICE (Monday 8 March until Monday 28 June 2021)

Update on 10/02/2021:

Due to the recent unexpected weather, the works at Torksey have unfortunately had to be pushed back by 4 weeks.

The construction start date, weather depending, is now scheduled for the week commencing 8th March 2021.

We apologise for an inconvenience these delays may cause.

Original message:

The Environment Agency have a scheme at Torksey to repair some flood embankments.

The Environment Agency are working to reduce the flood risk in your local area to better protect people and property from flooding.  They will reduce flood risk by constructing and maintaining flood defences, providing flood warnings and advice and responding to flood incidents.

They will be building a permanent solution using a combination of sheet piling and bank reinstatement. The construction start date, weather depending, is scheduled for the week commencing 8th February 2021.

They will be using some of our land on the northern bank adjacent to the Flood Gates for a site compound.

They will be ensuring that access to/from the mooring pontoons will be maintained throughout the works.

The construction is programmed to start on the 8th February and take approximately 16 weeks, it will not reduce the flood protection provided to the community.

Safe systems of work will be put in place during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Normal working hours within the site shall be:

Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm with no working on Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays.


If you have any queries or questions, please contact EA


Telephone: 03708 506 506

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

River Nene

Planned Stoppages


NAVIGATION CLOSURE (Monday 8 March until Tuesday 16 March 2021)

Please be aware that the locks shown below will be closed to navigation in
order that essential repairs to the guillotine gates can be carried out. These
repairs will be subject to weather and river conditions at the time.


Billing Lock
Cogenhoe Lock
Denford Lock

Montgomery Canal

Planned Stoppages

Phoenix House, Welshpool
Starts At: Bridge 118, Clerks Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 117, Gallowstree Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 8 March until 6pm Friday 12 March 2021)

The towpath will be closed between Bridge 117 Gallowstree Bridge and Bridge 118 Clerks Bridge. Third party contractors will be felling a large, decayed tree alongside the towpath. Warning signs, barriers and banksmen will be used. We kindly ask customers to take extra care and follow the diversion route via public highways.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Planned Stoppages

Bridge 209A Railway Bridge, Dockfield Road, Shipley

RESTRICTION (8am-6pm Tuesday 9 March 2021)

Inspection of the Railway Bridge using a pontoon.
Please can skippers of all craft slow down when approaching. There may be delays of up to 20 minutes whilst the pontoon is moved out of the way.

M62 Kirklees Viaduct Gantry Walkway Replacements
Bridge 20, M62 Brighouse

ADVICE (8am Monday 8 March until 6pm Friday 4 June 2021)

Contractors AOne+ are replacing parts of the walkway underneath the M62 Viaduct.
This shoud not affect navigation however can skippers of all craft and towpath users be aware of the works going on above.
Warning signs to be placed on the locks either side to notify users of these works.

Tees Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Yarm Road Bridge

ADVICE (4-11.59pm Tuesday 9 March 2021)

A Large amount of Debris is blocking the North side Arch of Yarm road Bridge impeding navigation, this debris will be getting removed on the 9th March weather permitting.

Can skippers of all craft please slow down and approach the area with caution, there may be delays of up to 2hrs whilst equipment and staff are moved out of the way.
Skippers of all craft should be extra vigilant after this date for any small sections of debris that might be dislodged during the clearing process.

Various locks

RESTRICTION (Monday 1 March 2021 for approximately 4 weeks)

Contractors working on our behalf will be carrying lock chamber cleaning over
the next few weeks on the Nene and Great Ouse & tributaries. Works will be
undertaken from a work boat within the lock chamber, therefore some short
delays may be experienced.

Please ensure you make your presence known when arriving at a lock that is
being cleaned, safely and within social distancing guidelines. Spotters/
banksmen will be on site and signage will be displayed at the locks being
worked on. Please take heed of any instruction given on site.

These works are river and weather condition dependant, so may be subject to
change at short notice.

You are also reminded that you should only be navigating on the river in line
with the current Government Coronavirus restrictions and latest travel advice.

For further information, please contact the Environment Agency on 03708
506506 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Nene or Great
Ouse Waterways Team.

Weaver Navigation

Planned Stoppages

Town Bridge Customer Services, Northwich

ADVICE (8am Monday 1 March 2021 until further notice)

Please be advised Town Bridge Customer Service Facilities will be closed from Monday 1 March for 4 weeks whilst our teams facilitate a repair to the flood damaged service block.
Closest Customer Services Facilities are Anderton Services on the Trent & Mersey Canal.

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