Stoppages & Restrictions 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.

Stoppages & Restrictions Listing

River Witham

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lincoln Eastern Bypass

ADVICE (Monday 25 June 2018 until Monday 30 March 2020)

Contractors (Galliford Try) are undertaking construction of a new bypass around Lincoln for the next two years.

All boat traffic should take caution when passing and abide by the contractors’ advice, this may result in delay of no longer than 15-20 minutes.

Please slow down when approaching bridge and be prepared to stop if requested.

Delays not exceeding 15-20 minutes.

River Severn Navigation

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Lock 2 Gloucester Lock
Ends At: Stourport SMYBA Club – L6 Mooring

Update on 08/10/2018:

Please be advised that we have observed a build-up of silt at the top of the Partings, which is narrowing the channel by the old Ronson site. Customers are advised to navigate this section of the river in single file and keep to the centre of the channel. Please take extra care when entering or leaving the Partings and remain vigilant for any obstructions.

Update on 17/08/2018:

Please be aware that though we are no longer under regulation from the Environment Agency, water levels along the River Severn will be inconsistent for some time.

Please ensure you navigate with caution and remain vigilant for obstructions. Report any concerns you may have to the waterway team.

 

If you require further information then please contact the Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Update on 14/08/2018:

Please be aware that we are no longer under EA regulations as the water levels have risen.

Please ensure you still navigate with caution and remain vigilant for any obstructions. Any concerns you may have should be reported to the waterway team on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Update on 20/07/2018:

Please be advised that due to the long period of hot weather, we are currently experiencing very low water levels along the River Severn navigation.

Due to these low water levels, EA regulations demand that we now share locks along the river.

Please ensure you navigate with caution and remain vigilant for obstructions. Report any concerns you may have to the waterway team.

ADVICE (10am Friday 6 July 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised that due to the long period of hot weather the River Severn Navigation currently has low water levels.

Please be vigilant for obstructions and report any concerns to waterways.

Please navigate with caution.

Peak Forest Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 16

 

 

Update on 22/08/2018:

Due to further movement of the chamber wall at Marple Lock 11, the lock is now too narrow for boats to fit through safely. As such, the Marple Lock Flight is unfortunately closed to navigation.

We have considered repeating the jacking operation to the lock walls to try and get a couple of additional weeks of navigation. However, we have dismissed this option as this would likely take around 2 weeks to complete and would coincide with the date the Marple and Bosley flights are closed to preserve water on the Upper Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canal sections.

We appreciate this is very frustrating for our customers and we are sorry for the inconvenience this causes. Our teams are busy planning the re-building of the lock walls and the flight will remain closed until this is complete.

The works to re-build the lock are currently anticipated to take place from November 2018 to March 2019. Given its depth and location, this is an extremely complex operation. Concrete retaining structures will be installed first on either side of the chamber, and the walls will then be carefully taken down to base level. They will then be re-built to the original alignment to reinstate suitable width to the lock, with the retaining structures behind providing the necessary ground support to prevent future movement of the reconstructed walls.

Thorough site investigation works have now been completed, including boreholes to confirm the ground conditions, trial pits to establish the location of the wall buttresses and coring of the lock walls themselves to identify their exact depth.  All of this was necessary to be able to confirm a detailed design for the repair solution, the works for which are ongoing.  Following this, the proposed repairs will have to go through a consent process with the lock being a Grade II listed structure and valued heritage asset, before the works on site will be able to commence.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (5pm Monday 23 July 2018 until further notice)

Due to further movement of the chamber wall at Marple Lock 11, the lock is now too narrow for boats to fit through safely.  As such, the Marple Lock Flight is closed to navigation.

CRT have considered repeating the jacking operation to the lock walls to try and get a couple of additional weeks of navigation. However we have dismissed this option as this would likely take around 2 weeks to complete and would coincide with the date we have decided to close the Marple and Bosley Flights to preserve water on the Upper Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canal sections.

We appreciate this is very frustrating for our customers and we are sorry for the inconvenience this causes. Our teams are busy planning to complete the re-building of the lock walls and the Flight will remain closed until this is complete. We will be able to provide an update on the proposed timescales as soon as they are available.

Starts At: Lock 2, Stanthorne Lock
Ends At: Lock 1, Wardle Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Between Hollingshead Bridge B16 and Weaver’s Bank Bridge B18
Down Stream Winding Hole: Middlewich Junction

Update on 11/10/2018:

Since our last update, and with the dry weather over the summer, good progress has been made in the breach area.

We’ve rebuilt the collapsed embankment up to a level roughly equal to the level of the bed of the new section of canal.   We’re currently constructing the new canal walls either side of the canal.  We will follow that by completing the embankment to bring it up to towpath level.  We’ll then reline the canal to make it waterproof.

Some of the future works need reasonable weather to be completed, but we are currently still on for opening the canal again for Christmas.

Update on 22/08/2018:

Following our last update, we can confirm our current programme allows for the navigation to be open again by Christmas, although works will be continuing on site beyond this date.

We are monitoring progress against the programme closely and we will provide further updates as the project progresses.

Update on 30/07/2018:

Since the last update, the haul road to the breach area, access across the embankment and access down to the bottom of the embankment has been completed.  The access has allowed us to complete essential reinstatement work resulting from the breach, including clearance of the River Wheelock and repairs to the wingwalls of the aqueduct.  A stone dam has been installed to the east of the breach which has allowed us to remove the temporary fabric dam.

With the design work for the repairs issued to our contractors we are now starting the works to repair the embankment itself.

We remains focussed on re-opening the navigation by Christmas and we will provide further updates as the project progresses.

Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 8 – Fretherne Bridge

ADVICE (until further notice)

Please be advised that on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal some of the busy road bridges are closed to boat traffic during peak times to allow flow of road traffic and in accordance with agreed protocols with Gloucestershire County Council.

Fretherne Bridge is closed for boat traffic from 8.20am to 9am Monday to Friday during school term times.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Gloucester Lock on 01452 310832 or the local waterway at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Intersection of: Sharpness Tidal Basin to Water Point, Bridge 24, Llanthony on Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and Culvert 78 to Winding Hole Brecon Theatre on Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal and Lock 2 Gloucester Lock to Gladder Brook Footbridge on River Severn Navigation

ADVICE (5pm Tuesday 18 September 2018 until further notice)

Please look after your Pump Out and Electric cards.

CRT have had a number of reports recently of people using damp, creased or otherwise damaged cards in its Pump Out and Electric Points’ card readers, which have resulted in a ‘card error’.

Please be aware that The Trust cannot be responsible for losses caused by damaged cards.

Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Access, Between North and South Points

Update on 05/12/2018:

This week’s survey, taken on 4th December, found the average depth in the main channel between Llanthony Bridge and Gloucester Lock to be 1.66m, with a minimum depth of 1.35m in some areas. The depth at the entrance to Victoria Basin is 1.4m.

Please take these readings into account when planning your visit to the Docks.

Update on 29/11/2018:

Further to the notice below, we have begun taking weekly soundings which will continue until the dredging works commence in January.

This week’s survey, taken on Tuesday, found the average depth in the main channel between Llanthony Bridge and Gloucester Lock to be 1.7m, with a minimum depth of 1.4m in some areas. The depth at the entrance to Victoria Basin is 1.3m.

Please take these readings into account when planning your visit to the Docks.

If you require further information or advice, please contact the Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Update on 12/11/2018:

Dredging works will commence at Gloucester Docks during January and February 2019. Contractors working on behalf of Canal and River Trust will carry this out out in the Gloucester Basin and on the canal immediately south of Llanthony Bridge.

 

ADVICE (12noon Friday 28 September 2018 until further notice)

We are currently experiencing a build-up of silt in the main Gloucester Basin.

Available depth ranges from 1.50m to 2.00m across the basin. We are in the process of looking to bring forward our planned January dredging programme in response to this situation.

We advise boaters to exercise caution navigating the basin.

Oxford Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Sanitary Station, Banbury Lock 29

ADVICE (4pm Tuesday 2 October 2018 until further notice)

CRT regrettably have been forced to close the toilet until  at the sanitary station, Banbury due to misuse of this facility. The toilet here will remain closed until further notice.

The next nearest toilets can be found at Cropredy Wharf (North) and at Castle Quay Shopping Centre.

The elsan and water point has remained operational and available for use.

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Aqueduct 4
Down Stream Winding Hole: Talybont Wharf (300 metres south of Talybont Aqueduct)

ADVICE (9am Monday 8 October 2018 until further notice)

A silt curtain has been installed just south of Talybont Aqueduct.  The curtain is clearly marked with a line of buoys and stretches from the water surface to the canal bottom.  Therefore, no turning can take place at this location, if you do need to turn your boat there is a winding hole at Talybont Wharf (300 metres south of Talybont Aqueduct).

The silt curtain has been installed to minimise sediment build up behind the weir, which should prevent silty water running over the weir and impacting on surrounding watercourses.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Bridge 30, Mark Bottoms Road
Ends At: Lock 4 East

TOWPATH CLOSURE (11am Wednesday 10 October 2018 until further notice)

Due to an unsafe third party structure the towpath along this section has been closed.

Paddington Arm (Grand Union Canal)

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Bridge 15, Black Horse Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 15A, Greenford Road (A4127)

Monday 15 October 2018 until Thursday 31 January 2019 23:59

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: 3rd Party Works


Original message:

Third party contractors are undertaking development works on the offside canal banks, which will involve a new sheet pile wall installation.

During the works, a floating pontoon will be located in the canal adjacent to the offside wall and will be used to support a piling rig.

During the works, the navigation shall remain open. There will be a restriction in the navigation immediately adjacent to Bridge 15 and 15A. The restriction will be localised at the bridges, and boaters are advised to observe signage and instructions from banksmen as the restriction will allow only 1 boat to pass at any one time.

Moorings will be suspended between the two bridges during the works.

Paddington Arm (Grand Union Canal)

Planned Stoppages | Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 3, Harrow Road (A404)

ADVICE (Tuesday 16 October until Friday 21 December 2018)

FM Conway in partnership with Westminster City Council are undertaking planned preventative maintenance of 3 bridges, along the Paddington Basin, in Little Venice.

The steel parapet panels either side of Harrow Road Bridge are due to be removed and replaced. In order to undertake this activity scaffolding will be erected round the road bridge whilst works are undertaken.

The scaffold footings will be positioned on the towpath and therefore restrict the towpath width.  A minimum towpath width of 1.2m shall be maintained for the safe passage of pedestrians. Please observe local signage while using the towpath

The canal navigation shall remain open throughout the works.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Lock 65, Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 85, Lock 21

RESTRICTION (Tuesday 30 October 2018 until further notice)

Since the re-opening of the Wigan Flight; Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight) and Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, we have been carefully reviewing the situation of our reservoir holdings. Due to the sensitive nature of the flight and to oversee safe use, as of Tuesday 30 October 2018 we will be implementing the following restrictions;

  • 8.30am – 10am to facilitate entry on to the flight
  • 12.30pm – 2pm to allow exit off the flight

The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times.  Overnight mooring on the flight will be permitted only at Rose Bridge (between Locks 77 & 78).   Roving lock keepers will be on the Wigan Flight daily to oversee the passages and ensure the water levels are maintained.  This is not an assisted passage and staff will be around to help customers when needed.

Full assistance is available for single handed boaters on Thursday mornings at 8:30am. Our Wigan Lock keepers can be contacted direct on 01942 405774 if you have any questions or want to report an issue on the flight.  Our Wigan Flight team will endeavour to help with any issues. Please bear with us as we may already be dealing with other urgent jobs.

Overnight restrictions will also be implemented at Poolstock Locks, along with Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock).  These locks will be opened at 8am and locked at 4pm daily.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Wool Road Services

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 29 October until 4pm Tuesday 18 December 2018)

The CRT Construction team will be using Wool road car park to aid the Trusts lock gate repair & replacement works, we will need to close the car park to allow us to undertake lifting operations from the car park.

The car park will be closed from Monday 29th October 2018 Until Tuesday 18th December inclusive.

Pedestrian access along the towpath will be maintained.