Stoppages & Restrictions Listings

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Stoppages & Restrictions Listing

River Thames

Stoppages & Restrictions

Romney reach – Queen Elizabeth Road Bridge

RESTRICTION (Monday 12 April until Sunday 13 June 2021)

Bridge repair works – a 50m section will be restricted to allow overhead bridge repairs.


River Soar

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 58 – Ratcliffe Lock


RESTRICTION (Wednesday 7 April 2021 until further notice)

Due to further build up of silt, boaters are asked to proceed with caution when travelling through Ratcliffe Lock.
Boaters are advised to stay away from from the lock landing moorings, otherwise there is a risk of getting stuck.
We are arranging for more dredging to take place at this site and as soon as we have more information, we will update our website accordingly.

River Nene

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lower Barnwell Lock

Update on 08/04/2021:

Further to our emergency closure notice issued this morning for Lower Barnwell Lock, the power has been reinstated and the lock is now open again.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (Thursday 8 April 2021 until rescinded)

Please be aware Barnwell Lock is closed until further notice due to an
unscheduled power outage which is currently being investigated.

Sheffield & South Yorkshire Nav

Stoppages & Restrictions

Barnby Dun Lift Bridge

Update on 08/04/2021:

The repairs have been completed and the Barnby Dun Lift Bridge is operational.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (4pm Wednesday 7 April 2021 until further notice)

Due to safety reasons Barnby Dun Lift Bridge is non-operational.
Repair works to the barrier will be started tomorrow and once they are completed this notice will be updated accordingly.

Northampton Arm (GU Canal)

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 8
Up Stream Winding Hole: GN-002-014
Down Stream Winding Hole: GN-008-009

Update on 08/04/2021:

The lock has been repaired and the flight is now open.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (7.30pm Wednesday 7 April 2021 until further notice)

Lock 8 gate paddles have been unseated and require urgent repair. The Northampton Arm is temporarily closed.

Caldon Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Bridge 1, Etruria Footbridge
Ends At: Bridge 13 Cromer Road
Up Stream Winding Hole: Bircheshead Winding Hole
Down Stream Winding Hole: Next to Bridge 1, Etruria Footbridge

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (until 6pm Saturday 10 April 2021)

Update on 08/04/2021:

The canal was planned to be reopened on the 7th April, but further monitoring of the canal is required to ensure safety ahead of reopening. The canal and towpath will now be reopened at 6pm on Saturday 10th April.

River Trent

Stoppages & Restrictions

Nether Lock

Update on 08/04/2021:

Nether lock is now operational, but only one of the top side sluices is working.  Please proceed with care.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8.30pm Wednesday 7 April 2021 until further notice)

Due to a paddle failure at Nether Lock 14, navigation is temporarily restricted. Updates to follow.

Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)

Stoppages & Restrictions

Watford Bottom Lock

ADVICE (Wednesday 7 April until Friday 16 April 2021)

Dredging is being carried out between Watford Bottom Lock and the winding hole 100m to the south.
The towpath and canal remain open, subject to current movement restrictions, though boaters may be delayed when the dredger is working near to the lock or when tugs are using the locks.
Boaters are requested to pass the working area with due care and follow any instructions from the volunteer lock keepers and the dredging crew.

Shropshire Union Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Calveley Customer Service Facilities

Calveley Depot

Update on 06/04/2021:

We are pleased to advise we have established a resolution for the hot water system at Calveley Customer Service Facilities.

We are in the process of arranging for Calor to return to resolve the issue, once contractors have attended site the Customer Service Facilities will have hot water again and be operational, however until then they remain closed.

Your nearest Customer Service Facilities are by Bridge 92, Nantwich Junction Bridge.

A further update will be provided Friday, 9 April.

Rochdale Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Bridge 98, Oxford Road Bridge
Ends At: Lock 88 Oxford St

ADVICE (7am Wednesday 7 April until 7pm Friday 28 May 2021)

Please be advised third-party contractors will be onsite to install high rise scaffolding at the St James Building in Manchester that spans the canal.
The works will be oversailing from Bridge 98, Oxford Road Bridge to Lock 88, Oxford Street on the Rochdale Canal to allow for essential repairs to be carried out to the third-party owned building.
A scaffolding protection platform will also be installed over the canal to protect our canal customers from the works above.
Warning signs will be in placed in advance of the works
Whilst both the towpath and navigation will remain open, we politely request all customers to approach the area with caution and listen to any advice that may be given by the contractors on site.

Weaver Navigation

Stoppages & Restrictions

Marsh Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (2.30pm Wednesday 7 April 2021 until further notice)

Please be advised Marsh Lock on the Weaver Navigation is currently out of operation due to a mechanical failure with the lock gate.
Our contractors are aware and will be onsite Friday 9 April. An update will be provided following their attendance.

River Thames

Stoppages & Restrictions

Teddington Lock

RESTRICTION (Tuesday 6 April until Monday 12 April 2021)

Passage through Teddington Lock is available from 9am to 3pm. Tidal transits and general assisted passage will be offered between these times. As the self-service facility is not possible at Teddington lock, transits will not be possible through the night and from 3pm until 9am, the lock will be closed to traffic.Visiting licences will not be available at the lock but can be purchased by phoning the Environment Agency Boat Registration team on 0330 159 1983.

From 13 April to 17 May 2021

  • Passage through Teddington Lock will be available from 6am to 10pm. Tidal transits and general assisted passage will be available between these times.
  • Visiting licences will be available at the lock. Please follow social distancing guidance at the site when purchasing.
  • As the self-service facility is not possible at Teddington, transit will not be possible through the night and from 10pm until 6am, the lock will be closed to traffic.


From 18 May to 21 June 2021

  • Full 24 hour service will resume including purchasing of licences and journey advice by calling 020 8940 8723.

Oxford Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Bridge 235, Wolvercote Road Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 230, Kings Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Tuesday 6 April until 5pm Friday 25 June 2021)

Towpath Improvement Works will be taking place between Bridge 230 (A44, King’s Bridge) and Bridge 235 (Godstow Road, Wolvercote Road Bridge).
For safety reasons, the towpath will be closed to the public between these dates.
Works will involve widening the towpath by up to 2m and placing a tar spray and gravel chipped even surface which will be free of puddles and easier to walk along.

River Great Ouse

Stoppages & Restrictions

Godmanchester Lock

ADVICE (Tuesday 6 April 2021 until further notice)

Please be aware the slacker (river left)at Godmanchester Lock is currently
broken and has been returned and secured to the closed position whilst
repairs are awaited.