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

Grand Union Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Blisworth Tunnel

RESTRICTION (9.30am-4pm Thursday 2 April 2020)

Blisworth Tunnel will be restricted tomorrow between 9:30am and 4pm, as our engineers we will be doing a tunnel inspection from a stationary narrowboat inside the tunnel.
We apologise for the short notice, but It is an emergency, essential inspection which is taking place.
Please follow any advice given on site.
Please remember that boaters should only be using our waterways for essential travel and we all need to be following the current government guidelines.

Timber protruding from navigation
Tulley’s Marina Slipway

ADVICE (2.45pm Wednesday 1 April 2020 until further notice)

We have been advised of a piece of timber protruding from the navigation opposite Tulley’s Marina.
Can skipper of all craft please approach the area with caution.
Customers are reminded to move only if it is essential to reach services. Please follow Government guidance at all times.

Wyrley & Essington Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Yorks Bridge, Pelsall Common

Update on 31/03/2020:

The bridge has been fixed and towpath is now open.

Original message:

Due to a vehicle strike, the towpath will be closed until further notice to ensure the safety of the public.

Worcester & Birmingham Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 8 Perdiswell
Starts At: Lock 8, Bilford
Ends At: Lock 8, Bilford
Up Stream Winding Hole: Tibberton Winding Hole
Down Stream Winding Hole: Bilford Winding Hole

Update on 02/04/2020:

Repair works have now complete and the navigation is open; however customers are asked to only move if essential to reach services and to follow government guidance at all times. Thank you.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (10am Tuesday 31 March 2020 until further notice)

The balance beam on the top end gate has failed. We will need to carry out inspections to determine the reason why and begin to effect repairs. The regional reactive team will carry out the inspections and repairs ASAP.

River Thames

Stoppages & Restrictions

Marsh, Hambleden, Cookham and Teddington Locks

RESTRICTION (Monday 30 March 2020 until further notice)

The government has put in to place restrictions across the whole of the United Kingdom to slow the spread of Coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives. These restrictions to our locks aim to minimise contact, and stop all non-essential travel to slow the spread of the virus.


Marsh Lock has a tree blocking vessel passage – this will be removed as soon as our operations teams are able to recommence their activities.



River Nene

Stoppages & Restrictions

170m downstream of Alwalton Lock

RESTRICTION (Tuesday 31 March 2020 until further notice)

Boaters are advised that owing to the recent and much prolonged SSA we believe the shoal opposite the sluice outlet at Alwalton has returned.
We believe this area to be impassable at this time and strongly
advise you not to attempt to navigate through, or around it.
Currently, due to restrictions on movement, we are unable to
deploy staff in order to confirm the presence or buoy off the
affected area.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and assure you
we will mark with buoyage as soon as practical.
You are reminded that boating movement should be restricted
to those heading back to home moorings and for essential
supplies / pump outs for those whose boat is their primary

For further information, please contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506506
between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Waterways team in the
Lincolnshire & Northamptonshire Area.

Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line

Stoppages & Restrictions

Landing stage – Leeds Sanitary Station water point and pump out
RESTRICTION (10.15am Tuesday 31 March 2020 until further notice)

The landing stage to the pump out and water point at Leeds Sanitary Station is currently at an angle due to a build up of silt.
Do not access the top half of the landing as this is unstable.
Access to the pump out and water point on the bottom half of the landing is possible.
Customers are asked to only move if essential to reach services and to follow government guidance at all times.

Caldon Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 37
Up Stream Winding Hole: Junction with Leek Branch
Down Stream Winding Hole: Between Bridge 41 & 42, Cheddleton

Update on 30/03/2020:

The towpath, navigation and road access is still closed. For further updates of works at Bridge 37, please visit –

Original message:

Due to unforeseen circumstances effecting the stability of Bridge 37, the towpath under and access over Bridge 37 has now closed. The navigation is also closed due to safety concerns.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 13 East, Ramsden Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (1pm Saturday 28 March 2020 until further notice)

Lock 13 E is closed for navigation due to silt build up inside the lock chamber.
Please be aware lock 14 E is closed for the same reason.

Oxford Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Strong stream warnings
Lock 46, Isis Lock

Update on 28/03/2020:


We advise users of all unpowered boats not to navigate and users of powered boats to navigate with caution.

Rivers Thames & Kennet

Stoppages & Restrictions


Coronavirus (COVID-19) information added: some services will be restricted until further notice. We will not provide assisted passage or powered operation at locks. If you need to go through a lock, you will need to hand wind it.

For boaters on the non-tidal Thames specifically, there are some additional important points to note:


  • In order to protect our staff, all areas of our locksites which members of the public do not need to access to operate the lock or use facilities such as fresh water points, will be closed. This includes all campsites and lock and weir fishing sites.
  • Customers wishing to use our pump-out facilities at Eynsham, Abingdon, Mapledurham, Shiplake and Boveney locks should email giving as much notice as possible, stating which lock they intend to visit, and provide a contact telephone. A member of our Waterways team will call them back to discuss how this will be arranged. Pump-out facilities at all other sites are currently unavailable and we apologise for this inconvenience. Please note: the WaterwaysThames email inbox is monitored during normal business hours from Monday to Friday. It is not monitored at weekends.
  • To discourage non-essential movement of boats, all locks will be hand-wind only. As our locks at Hambleden and Cookham do not have hand-wind operation, these locks are closed until further notice. We will issue a Harbour Master’s Notice to this effect shortly.
  • As a result of the prolonged (and continuing) period of strong stream conditions, a considerable number of hazard marker buoys have been moved out of position. In addition, river and weather conditions may have created new hazards. We would normally carry out a survey of all reaches at the earliest opportunity once river conditions make it safe to do so, to reposition marker buoys and install them where we identify new hazards, until such time as we can deal with them. We cannot currently do this, or carry out operations to remove hazards. Therefore, not only should all movement be restricted to essential journeys only, such journeys must be carried out with extreme caution.
  • We know that there are hazards blocking the navigation at Sunbury and Marsh locks, which are both closed until further notice.
  • In addition, hazards are restricting use of both Temple Lock and Clifton Lock. More information on these can be found at where we will also post information on any further service issues.
  • Teddington Lock is also closed, but we will consider providing a hand-wind service for short periods to enable essential journeys only. Any requests which we deem to be non-essential will be declined. Boaters requiring to transit Teddington Lock should email with their contact details. A member of our Teddington Lock team will then be in touch. We will issue a Harbour Master’s Notice shortly. Please note: the WaterwaysThames email inbox is monitored during normal business hours from Monday to Friday. It is not monitored at weekends.


Anglian Waterways

Stoppages & Restrictions

EMERGENCY RESTRICTIONS (Friday 27 March until at least 14 April 2020)

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 March
2020 about the UK’s heightened response to the
Coronavirus emergency, EA has taken the difficult
decision to introduce limits to the use of its waterways to
protect staff and customers.

From 4pm on Friday 27th March 2020 the following lock
sites where we provide assisted passage will be severely
restricted and limited until further notice for all non-
essential travel. If you believe you need passage for
essential reasons please contact the Waterways Duty
Officer via our incident number any time on: 0800 80 70
 South Ferriby Lock on the River Ancholme;
 Black Sluice Lock on the Black Sluice Navigation at Boston;
 Fulney Lock on the River Welland in Spalding;
 Dog-in-a-Doublet Lock on the River Nene;
 Denver Lock at Denver on the Ely Ouse / Tidal River Great Ouse and;
 Hermitage Lock, Earith on the River Great Ouse (Bedford Ouse).

Please be aware however that there are likely to be significant delays to facilitating boat movements due to the limited availability of staff resources at this time.

Please make sure you return to your home mooring, or to a point of safe mooring, before these lock site restrictions come into effect.

As we are sure you can appreciate these are unprecedented times and these steps have been taken following recent government advice. We will keep these restrictions under constant review in the light of the developing situation and any further advice received from Government, however we expect them to be in place until at least 14 April 2020. For further information please contact the Environment Agency via email; in the first instance.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 131A, Daneshouse Bridge

RESTRICTION (until 6pm Friday 10 April 2020)

Update on 27/03/2020:

Please be advised that these third-party works have been extended until, and inclusive of, 10 April.

Remember, as part of efforts to tackle the Coronavirus crisis, we are asking all boaters to stop non-essential travel, so please limit movements to access vital facilities – you can see more at

River Ouse

Stoppages & Restrictions

Boothferry Road Bridge

RESTRICTION (2.15pm Friday 27 March 2020 until further notice)

Customers are asked to only move if it is essential to reach services and to follow government guidelines at all times
Due to reduced staffing levels, as a result of the coronavirus East Yorkshire Council are presently unable to operate Boothferry Bridge.