Stoppages & Restrictions Listings

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Winter stoppages 2019-2020:

CRT Enquiries: 03030 404040 unless indicated otherwise

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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.

Grand Union Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Braunston Tunnel West Portal
Ends At: Braunston Tunnel

TOWPATH CLOSURE (Monday 22 July until Tuesday 31 December 2019)

Orbit Homes are developing the new Mickle Well Park development of 450 new homes, public open spaces, shops, school and playgrounds. 

To enable the site preparation and construction works to be carried out safely, we are diverting members of the public from the historic towpath route over Braunston Tunnel onto an alternative route that is signed on-site. 

If you have any concerns over the diversion please contact Orbit Homes on  02476 14 8280.

Please follow the signed diversion on-site.

River Severn Navigation

Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 20, Worcester South Bypass

Tuesday 30 July 2019 07:00 until Thursday 30 July 2020 08:00

Type: Advice 
Reason: 3rd Party Works

Original message:

Please be advised there are ongoing works on the River Severn at Bridge 20, these works are required by Worcester Highways as part of the ongoing expansion of the road network around Worcester.

The works involve the construction of a bridge crossing spanning the River Severn, users are advised to approach the area with caution keeping to the centre channel of the River when navigating within this area.

River Nene

Stoppages & Restrictions

Various landing stages

ADVICE (Wednesday 31 July until 28 February 2020)

Refurbishment works will be taking place to the following river Nene landing stages
during the timeframe detailed:

 Cogenhoe Lock Upstream & Downstream Landing Stages SP 83134 61366
 Whiston Upstream Landing Stage SP 84600 61740
 Wollaston Upstream Landing Stage SP 88861 64519
 Upper Wellingborough Upstream Landing Stages (1 & 2) SP 89942 66233
 Ditchford Upstream Landing Stage SP 93226 68234
 Doddington Upstream Landing Stage SP 87562 63657
 Lower Ringstead Upstream & Downstream Landing Stages SP 97350 75144
 Lilford Upstream Landing Stage TL 02558 83709
 Elton Upstream Landing Stages TL 08245 93896
 Yarwell Upstream & Downstream Landing Stages TL 07442 97207
 Water Newton Downstream Landing Stage TL 10981 97408
 Alwalton Upstream Landing Stage TL 12982 96338
 Wadenhoe Upstream Landing Stage TL 01176 83255
 Stanground Upstream Landing Stage TL 20805 97356
 Orton Lock Upstream Landing Stage TL 16505 97189

Please be aware that whilst these landing stages will be out of use, a temporary
structure will be in place to enable continued use of the lock and navigation.

Rochdale Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Lock 89 Tib
Ends At: Bridge 98, Oxford Road Bridge

ADVICE (8am Monday 19 August 2019 until 6pm Monday 10 February 2020)

Please be advised a scaffolding access platform is being installed by third-party contractors to be able to carry out refurbishment works to a third-party owned building in Manchester City centre on the Rochdale canal.

Whilst towpath access and canal navigation will be maintained, we politely request all customers to approach the area with caution and listen to any advice that may be given by the banksmen on site.

River Severn Navigation

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 5 Diglis (Small)

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (10am Friday 20 September 2019 until further notice)

Diglis Small Lock on The River Severn will be out of action until further notice due to repair work being undertaken.

ADVICE (9am Monday 16 September 2019 until further notice)

Please take notice.

Diglis Small Lock is currently broken due to a mechanical failure and will be out of action for the foreseeable future.

Macclesfield Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Bridge 26, Sugar Lane Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 27, Kerridge Road Bridge

Update on 16/10/2019:

Thank you to all our customers who have co-operated with us today. All the boats have successfully navigated through the affected area and the stop planks have been reinstalled. This will now remain closed until 13 March 2020.

For information on the planned Winter Works, click here; Bridge 26 – 27, Palmerston Street Embankment, Bollington, Macclesfield Canal

Update on 14/10/2019:

We would like to thank those who have contacted us to ensure their passage through the closure at Bridge 26 and Bridge 27. Unfortunately, due to an overwhelming demand and limited time available to us to ensure safe passage, we are unable to accept any further requests.

Customers who already have their name on the list, please be moored up in single file ready to navigate through the affected area commencing at 11am promptly on Wednesday 16 October. Our Customer Support Team will contact each customer on the list tomorrow to establish current mooring status.

We politely request all customers to have their mobile phones on their persons to allow our on-site team to contact you on Wednesday to provide further navigation instructions if necessary.

Update on 09/10/2019:

The winter stoppage between Bridges 26-27, Bollington, for repairs to the Palmerston Street Embankment, has been brought forward as a result of current issues with leakage.  Please see our Emergency Notice for further details.

Following the recent leakage, our contractors will now be starting to work in the area from 16th October.

The repairs will include a canal bed relining scheme on a 80m section of the canal between Bridges 26 (Sugar Lane Bridge) and 27 (Kerridge Road Bridge), together with 66m of wash wall re-build near Clarence Mill.

The navigation will be dewatered with works expected to be completed and the navigation re-opened by 13th March 2020.

In addition to the navigation closure, several towpath closures / restrictions will be in place throughout the works.  However, we envisage being able to keep pedestrian access to the mill via Bridge 26A (Clarence Mill Footbridge) open throughout.

Update on 08/10/2019:

Following on from installation of the stop planks at bridges 26 and 27 on 7th October, our engineers have confirmed that due to the severity of the leakage, the stop planks should remain in place. We have therefore decided to commence the embankment repair project earlier than planned.

We are aware that this will cause difficulties for some customers needing to get to the opposite side of the stoppage to get to their moorings or continue their journeys.  In order to address this we will be arranging co-ordinated passage on Wednesday 16th October 2019 between 11:00-13:30.  This will be the only passage through the area until the embankment repair works are completed in March 2020 and will be strictly controlled.

To ensure your passage through the affected area, please call our North-West Customer Support team on 03030 404040.


The winter stoppage notice will be amended later this week and can be found here: Palmerston Street Embankment, Bollington, Macclesfield Canal

Update on 07/10/2019:

Our Engineers have been installing stop planks today to allow us to review the canal leakage in the area.


Monday 7 October 2019 08:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Repair

Original message:

Due to excessive leakage during this week our team will be planning to install stop planks at Bridges 26 and 27 at Bollington on Monday 7th October

We will continue to monitor the leakage during the weekend . We will provide a further update on Monday .

We are speaking with our contractors and teams to see if we can bring the winter works forward.

Rochdale Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Tunnel – M62 Crossing

Update on 10/10/2019:

Unfortunately, the repair to the M62 Crossing on the Rochdale Canal has been delayed due emergency works taking priority.

Whilst we establish costs for refurbishment and repair, the M62 Crossing will remain restricted to narrowboats only and closed to passing of wide beam crafts.

An update will be provided once the plan of repair has been finalised. We anticipate this could take up until the new year.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Culvert 126, Sharrocks Farm

Update on 21/10/2019:

Our teams have been on site over the weekend, installed temporary fabric dams, carried out a fish rescue and dewatered the canal to be able to carry out a full investigation of culvert 126.

It has been decided that the planned Winter Works for the repair of Culvert 126, between Bridges 64 and 65 on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, will be brought forward. The canal and towpath will remain closed whilst the works are carried out.

Please follow our planned winter works notice for further updates; Culvert 126 between Bridges 64 and 65, near Arley Wood, Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Saturday 19 October 2019 07:15 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Repair

Original message:

Please be advised navigation is currently closed at culvert 126 between Bridge 65 and Bridge 64 on the Leeds & Liverpool canal due to a culvert failure. Our local engineers have been informed and are on their way to site.

An update on Monday 21st October will be provided once the local engineers have been to site and assessed a plan for repair.

River Great Ouse

Stoppages & Restrictions


ADVICE (Monday 21 October 2019 until 30 April 2020)

Please be aware contractors will be mechanically removing Pennywort
found between Godmanchester (TL2420570532) & Houghton
(TL2813471998) for the next twenty days but this will not cause
disruption to navigation. Surveys and handpicking of Pennywort is also
taking place between Bedford and Earith from now until April 2020,
weather dependant.

Please approach the area with caution and follow any on site
For further information, please contact James Brokenshire-Dyke on 07827244103 or
call the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 between 9am and 5pm Monday to
Friday and ask for the Great Ouse Waterways team

Shropshire Union Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 123G, Northgate Street

EVENT (3pm Thursday 24 October 2019 until further notice)

We are pleased to welcome Maelstrom artwork commission. This is an art Installation (projection) of a whirlpool. It consists of a projection that will animate the water by overlaying the effect of light and shadow, giving the impression that a whirlpool appears and disappears.
The projection will be visible from dusk till dawn, and will start on 31st October, at Bridge 123G, Northgate Street, Chester.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 9, Handcocks Swing Bridge

Thursday 31 October 2019 09:00 until further notice

Type: Advice
Reason: Information

Original message:

Please be reminded, use of Bridge 9, Handcock’s Swing Bridge is restricted during peak traffic times and will be open for user operation from 9:30am to 2:00pm and 6pm to 7:30am daily (no assistance required).

Intersection of:

Stanley Dock Top Lock to Stanley Dock Top Lock on Leeds & Liverpool Canal


Mann Island Lock to Mann Island Lock on Liverpool Canal Link

Thursday 31 October 2019 10:00 until Saturday 31 October 2020 09:30

Type: Booking Information

Original message:


Book your stay in Liverpool on our visitor mooring in Salthouse Dock, with access via the Liverpool Canal Link all here on our website! You can choose your dates of your return passage via the Liverpool Canal Link and pick your preferred pontoon in Salthouse Dock. Please note, pontoons are available on a first come, first served basis.

The Liverpool Canal Link provides a navigable route from the bottom of the existing Stanley Lock Flight on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to Liverpool’s South Docks.

Stanley Lock flight, Prince’s Lock and Mann Island Lock are all customer operated with roving lock keepers and volunteers available for guidance. Times of operating the Stanley Lock flight are;

  • 8:00am – 9:30am from Mann Island travelling out of Liverpool Docks on to the Leeds and Liverpool canal
  • 1pm – 4pm travelling from the Leeds and Liverpool canal in to Liverpool Docks

The Stanley Lock flight will be padlocked outside these hours. Please note passages are daily, with no passages available on Tuesdays.

Use of Bridge 9, Handcock’s Swing Bridge is restricted during peak traffic times, open for customer operation from 9:30am to 2pm and 6pm to 7:30am, daily. Installation of the landing stages at Bridge 6, Netherton Swing Bridge have enabled customer operation, with no assistance required.

Stay in Salthouse Dock is free for up to 7 nights with extra nights costing just £20 per night. 2020 passages are now available to book, open from 27 March 2020 till 31 October 2020.

As of May 2018, we have a 28 day no return policy on the bookings. The web system will not allow bookings within this period to be taken.

To see more information, including the Liverpool Link Skipper’s Guide, click here.

Rochdale Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 65 Alfred Street

Monday 4 November 2019 12:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources

Original message:

Please be advised, to be able to conserve water in the area, Lock 65, Alfred Street on the Rochdale Canal will be open for customer operation between 8am and 4pm, daily.

Lock 65 will be padlocked outside of these hours.