Planned Stoppages Listings

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For Canal & River Trust: You can find all notices at
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

Winter stoppages 2021-2022: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/report/winter-notices.pdf

For River Thames: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/river-thames-restrictions-and-closures

For Avon Navigation Trust: avonnavigationtrust.org/notices>>

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

The Environment Agency’s Thames winter works: www.gov.uk/river-thames-conditions-closures-restrictions-and-lock-closures.

CRT Enquiries: 03030 404040 unless indicated otherwise


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

Leigh Branch (L&L Canal)

Start date: May 20, 2022
Est. end if know: May 27, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Bridge 1B, Lyons Bridge

RESTRICTION (8am-5pm Thursday 26 May 2022)

Please be advised third party contractors will be onsite to carry out a detailed inspection and application of sealant of Bridge 1B Lyons Bridge, on the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

To be able to inspect the bridge, a pontoon will be in place. We politely request all customers to approach the area with caution and be prepared to stop to allow the pontoon and equipment to be moved out the way for safe passage.

We anticipate a wait of no longer than 30 minutes. Please listen to any advice that may be given by the onsite team to take note of the signage onsite

Lee Navigation

Start date: May 20, 2022
Est. end if know: September 10, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Third Party Works

Bridge 2, Gas Works Bridge

ADVICE (7am Monday 6 June until 6pm Friday 9 September 2022)

Please be advised that Third Party Contractors, will be carrying out maintenance works to Gas Works Bridge 2 along the Lee Navigation.

The moorings and towpath will be suspended either side of the works, firstly to allow for scaffolding to be installed and then to allow for the scaffolding to be dismantled.

River Thames

Start date: May 13, 2022
Est. end if know: May 29, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Sonning reach, opposite Reading Blue Coat School boathouse which is 350m upstream of Sonning Lock

RESTRICTION (11am-7pm Saturday 28 May 2022)

Sonning Regatta 2022 – the navigation channel will be on the Thames Path, left hand side of the river.

Erewash Canal

Start date: May 13, 2022
Est. end if know: May 30, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Railway Bridge 2c

ADVICE (Saturday 28 May until Sunday 29 May 2022)

Contractors (Amco Giffen) working for Network Rail will be carrying out site investigation works at track-level overnight.  While not directly affecting the waterway, there is likely to be a degree of noise and disturbance in the vicinity during the works. 

This is one of a series of 4 night-works on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings.   

Wakefield Branch (Aire & Calder)

Start date: May 13, 2022
Est. end if know: December 24, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Stephensons Railway Bridge, Methley – Refurbishment

Bridge 8

RESTRICTION (7am Monday 23 May until 5pm Friday 23 December 2022)

Contractors, CML are carrying out a refurbishment of the Network Rail structure using scaffolding and pontoons to facilitate the repair works. The works will be undertaken in two phases to enable boats to pass through one of the two navigable spans.

Boats should not be impacted as one of the two navigable spans will be open during the duration of the works. However there may be slight delays to enable the Contractor to move equipment out of the way if necessary.

Can skippers of all craft please slow down when approaching the area and follow any instructions given by staff on site.

Oxford Canal

Start date: May 13, 2022
Est. end if know: June 5, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Mooring Suspension and Towpath Closure
Starts At: Bridge 164, Tom Rolt Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 164A, Footbridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 23 May until 5pm Saturday 4 June 2022)

Please be advised, due to the installation of 3 charging points, the towpath will be closed between bridge 164, and bridge 164A on the Oxford Canal.

The moorings will also be suspended for the duration of these works.

Limehouse Cut

Start date: May 13, 2022
Est. end if know: June 1, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Mooring Suspension
Starts At: Bridge 4, Bow Common Lane
Ends At: Bridge 5, Burdett Road (A1205)

EVENT (8am Wednesday 25 May until 5pm Tuesday 31 May 2022)

Please be advised that a private gathering of historic boats organised by HNBC, will be taking place on the Limehouse Cut between bridge 4, Bow Common Lane, and bridge 5, Burdett Road from Friday 27th May to Monday 30th May.

A mooring suspension will take place from Wednesday 25th May at 8am until Tuesday 31st May at 5pm

Grand Union Canal

Start date: May 13, 2022
Est. end if know: May 31, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Mooring Suspension, Hayes Canal Festival
Starts At: Bridge 200, Station Road
Ends At: Bridge 200B, Gwr Bridge

EVENT (9am Thursday 26 May until 9am Monday 30 May 2022)

Please be advised that the Hayes Canal Festival will be taking place on the Grand Union Canal on Sunday 29th May.

The navigation and towpath will remain open, but please pass the area with care as there will be canoes, paddleboards and trip boats operating in this area.

A mooring suspension will take place between bridge 200 and 200b from Thursday 26th May until Monday 30th May.

Grand Union Canal

Start date: May 13, 2022
Est. end if know: August 26, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Towpath Closure and Mooring Suspension
Starts At: Bridge 114, Bridge Street
Ends At: Bridge 115A (Railway)

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Wednesday 25 May until 5pm Thursday 25 August 2022)

Please be advised that the towpath will be closed for approximately 12 weeks, between bridge 114 and bridge 115a, on the Grand Union Canal for a towpath resurfacing project.

A mooring suspension will be required on the Leighton Linslade 14-day visitor moorings, whilst these works are being carried out.

The water point located near to the Linslade Customer Service Facilities will also be closed during this time.

Oxford Canal

Start date: May 12, 2022
Est. end if know: May 26, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Starts At: Lock 30, Grants Lock
Ends At: Lock 31, Kings Sutton Lock

RESTRICTION (8am-5pm Wednesday 25 May 2022)

Please be advised that repairs works are being carried out to the offside and towpath side ground paddles at lock 31, Kings Sutton Lock, by divers on Wednesday 25th May.

The navigation will be closed between lock 30, Grants Lock, and lock 31, Kings Sutton Lock, will a navigational window being placed between 12:00pm and 1:30pm.

Trust operatives will be onsite between 12:00pm and 1:30pm to assist waiting crafts through the locks.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Start date: May 11, 2022
Est. end if know: May 23, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Duck Race, Appley Bridge
Starts At: Bridge 43, Finch Mill Swing Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 44, Rannicars Swing Bridge

EVENT (12noon3pm Sunday 22 May 2022)

We are pleased to welcome back the annual Appley Bridge Community Association Duck Race on Sunday 22 May 2022. 

The event will take place on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, starting at Bridge 43, Finch Mill Swing Bridge heading 20 meters towards Bridge 44, Rannicars Swing Bridge from 12pm till 1:30pm.

Navigation will be closed during this time and event boats will be in the water, please approach the area with caution and listen to any advice from the safety marshals.  



Leigh Branch (L&L Canal)

Start date: May 11, 2022
Est. end if know: May 24, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Bridge 1B, Lyons Bridge

RESTRICTION (8am-5pm Monday 23 May 2022)

Please be advised third party contractors will be onsite to carry out a detailed inspection and application of sealant of Bridge 1B Lyons Bridge, on the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

To be able to inspect the bridge, a pontoon will be in place. We politely request all customers to approach the area with caution and be prepared to stop to allow the pontoon and equipment to be moved out the way for safe passage.

We anticipate a wait of no longer than 30 minutes. Please listen to any advice that may be given by the onsite team to take note of the signage onsite

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Start date: May 10, 2022
Est. end if know: June 18, 2022
Planned Stoppages

Wool Road Carpark, Bridge 71, Dobcross
Starts At: Lock 23 West
Ends At: Lock 24 West

ADVICE (7.30am Monday 23 May until 4pm Friday 17 June 2022)

Please be advised our local team are undertaking wash wall repairs near to the carpark at Bridge 71, Wool Road Bridge, on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

Whilst work is undertaken the back portion of Wool Road carpark will be cordoned off to provide a compound area for the team.

A fabric dam is being installed in the canal, we kindly ask our boating customers to follow local signage and advice, and to travel past the dam with caution.

The towpath will remain open, however we kindly ask that customers take care when passing the works and follow all on site guidance.

River Ouse

Start date: May 10, 2022
Est. end if know: May 29, 2022
Planned Stoppages | Stoppages & Restrictions

Goole Railway Bridge

RESTRICTION (7am Monday 23 May until 5pm Saturday 28 May 2022)

Update on 11/05/2022:

These works have now been delayed until W/C 23 May 2022.

This is due to the contractors having mechanical issues with their safety craft.

Please see the information below when planning your passage.  

Update on 11/05/2022:

These works have now been delayed until W/C 23 May 2022.

This is due to the contractors having mechanical issues with the safety craft.

RESTRICTION (7am Tuesday 10 May until 5pm Saturday 14 May 2022)

Contractors for Network Rail are undertaking inspections of the underwater bridge structure.

During these inspections divers will be operating, all craft approaching the bridge should slow down and follow advice from the safety boat  at the bridge.

The diving contractors should be contacted prior to commencing passage:

Contact Numbers:

  • Diving Supervisor :   07989 474792
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  • Vessel MV Anne Marie : Contactable via VHF  :
  •     Call sign 2JOH2

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