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

Lock 88 Oxford St

ADVICE (8am Monday 16 April until 6pm Saturday 16 June 2018)

Third party contractors will be carrying out works near to Lock 88, on the Rochdale canal (offside).

Contractors will be using scaffolding to carry out works on the face of St. James building.

While these works are being carried out the scaffold will be in place to protect the lock operations and also the our customers.

While these works are being carried out, there may be minor disruption during scaffold installation, however there will be no navigation or towpath closure.

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.

Breedon Cross Bridge 75

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 30 April until 6pm Friday 8 June 2018)

As part of an overall project to improve canal accesses through the City, CRT will be undertaking various improvement works to the existing access steps at Bridge 75, Breedon Cross Bridge. In order to undertake the work safely and protect the towpath users, the turnover bridge will be closed throughout the works. Access to the towpath heading North can still be gained by using the public highway. This is an access road for the adjacent industrial estate and users are requested to exercise caution when crossing the access road.

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 .

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

RESTRICTION (Wednesday 2 May until Tuesday 12 June 2018)

Contractors on the Bellway Homes Development at 42-44 Thomas Road will be undertaking remedial works to the off-side river wall.

A modular floating pontoon sections and a scaffolding working platform will be positioned on the off-side of the river to undertake the works from. Advanced warning signage, along with a 10m clear width will be in place for boats to navigate safely.

Holmes Lock

RESTRICTION (7am Wednesday 9 May until 5pm Sunday 17 June 2018

Dredging work is being carried out in the vicinity of Holmes Lock.

Please slow down and approach the area with caution. There may be possible delays of up to 30 minutes whilst the lock area is in use during the dredging operations.

Bridge 18, Rea Swing Bridge

ADVICE (8am Monday 21 May until 6pm Monday 11 June 2018)

Pleased be advised that there may be a delay in opening the Rea Bridge on request. This is because CRT will have contractors carrying out essential maintenance on the structure.

For information on this please contact the bridge keeper on 01452 723638

Starts At: Bridge 54A, Little Clegg Swing Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 55, Clegg Hall Bridge

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Wednesday 9 May until 5pm Wednesday 11 July 2018)

Third party contractors will be carrying out building repairs at Canal side Warehouse. A temporary pontoon and scaffold will be used but the canal and towpath will remain open during the works.

All boat traffic should slow down, approach with caution and be prepared to stop if requested.  Short delays up to 10/15 minutes may be necessary for contractors to move out of the way. Banksmen and warning signs will be in place.

Acton to Anderton, Weaver Navigation

RESTRICTION (8.30am Tuesday 8 May until 5pm Friday 3 August 2018)

Dredging operations. The works are to bring the river up to Minimum Open Channel Compliance.

Users may be delayed up to 30mins maximum.

Boaters should approach the dredger with caution and await a signal from the dredger driver to pass.

Users should note, any restrictions to the towpath/road are only in force during working hours.  In most cases no delays will occur.

Salford Bridge (Lichfield Road)

RESTRICTION (8am Wednesday 16 May until 6pm Friday 25 May 2018)

Contractors on behalf of Birmingham City Council will be repainting the bridge steelwork. A small pontoon will be utilised to facilitate the works. The towpath and navigation will remain open; however, short delays may be encountered whilst the pontoon/materials are moved out of the way to allow safe passage.

Contractors on behalf of Birmingham City Council will be repainting the bridge steelwork. A small pontoon will be utilised to facilitate the works. The towpath and navigation will remain open; however, short delays may be encountered whilst the pontoon/materials are moved out of the way to allow safe passage.

Starts At: Bridge 191, Trout Road Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 152, Albion Bridge

ADVICE (Monday 14 May until Tuesday 31 July 2018)

Towpath & Mooring Restriction

EU Networks will be undertaking excavation works to install new telecommunication cables along the towpath.

As a result of the works, towpath access will be restriced. A pedestrican diversion around the works will be in place via 50m long floating pontoons located in the canal.

The floating pontoon will be progressively moved as the works are undertaken for an anticipated duration of 3 months. Banksman will be on hand to assit pedestrians along the pontoon. Cyclists should be prepared to dismount.

The canal navigation will remain open and unaffected by the 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.

Dod Street Access Point

RESTRICTION (Monday 14 May until Friday 14 September 2018)

The contractors working on the development at 3-11 Dod Street will be erecting hoarding/tunnel scaffolding on the towpath. During installation/dismantling, works will stop whilst onsite marshals’ escort pedestrians around the site.

Warning signs & barriers will also be located either side of works.

Starts At: Bridge 21, Bulls Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 15, Black Horse Bridge

ADVICE (8am Monday 14 May until 5pm Tuesday 31 July 2018)

EU Networks will be undertaking excavation works to install new telecommunication cables along the canal tow path.

As a result of the works, tow path access will be restricted. A pedestrian diversion around the works will be in place via 50m long floating pontoons located in the canal. The floating pontoon will be progressively moved as the works are undertaken for an anticipated duration of 3 months. Banksmen will be on hand to assist pedestrians along the pontoon. Cyclists will be required to dismount when navigating along the pontoon.

The canal navigation shall remain open throughout the works. Moorings will be suspended on a rolling programme to facilitate the siting of the pontoon. Please observe local signage.

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