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

Lock 17, Tottenham Lock, Eastern Side

ADVICE (12noon Friday 24 November 2017 until further notice)

Due to Extremely low water levels following an extensive dry weather period CRT request that Tottenham lock is not used unless absolutely essential to try and allow levels to rise.

If CRT are unable to regain levels in the pound between Tottenham and Stonebridge, they may have to close navigation.

Yarm Road Bridge

Update on 30/11/2017:

The obstruction is still buoyed and not causing a problem to navigation.


Starts At: Dixon Street Bridge, Dixon Street
Ends At: Railway Viaduct below W’ton Lk 16

ADVICE (9am Monday 27 November 2017 until 6pm Friday 30 March 2018)

The towpath surface between Dixon Street Bridge and Deepfields Junction is being improved following external funding becoming available. The works will involve a new macadam layer with a tar spray & chip surface dressing which will improve its durability for many years to come. Waterway wall repairs will also be carried out at the same time to improve the overall condition.

To allow the safe operation of plant and equipment, parts of the towpath may be restricted or closed intermittently at times, and in these instances diversionary signage will be posted at the nearest access points.

Towpath closure between Northgate Bridge 123G and King Charles Tower

Update on 15/12/2017:

Due to ongoing investigations and for safety reasons the towpath will remain closed until further notice.

Bridge 71, Porters Footbridge

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Friday 5 January until 5pm Friday 2 March 2018)

CRThave works planned to this bridge this winter to strengthen the abutments which they had originally thought could be done without the need to close the canal.  From the detailed planning now done that will not be safe and CRT now wish to introduce a closure at this site from 5th February 2018 to 2nd March 2018.

This will be an additional closure to a section of the Macclesfield Canal but with the stoppages planned at Bosley anticipate that the impact will be minimal.  The open weekend for Bosley over 3rd/ 4th February will be retained.

If the introduction of this stoppage causes you difficulty, please contact the office at Red Bull to discuss your concerns by 15th January.  They can be contacted on 0303 040 4040.

Bridge 1, Ramsdens Swing

ADVICE (8am Monday 8 January until 5pm Wednesday 28 February 2018)

The contractor (Keir) is due to mobilise on 8 January for 8 weeks for the replacement of Ramsden Swing Bridge.

The navigation will be closed from 22-29 January to lift the bridge into place (see separate stoppage notice).

We have been advised by the contractor that there may be delays of up to 30 minutes outside of the canal closure to enable bridge commissioning.

The towpath and footbridge will not be closed during works but may be diverted.

Can skippers of all craft please slow down when approaching and follow any instructions from staff on site and any signage instructions in place.

Meadow Lane -CSF

RESTRICTION (9am Monday 8 January 2018 until further notice)

Due to misuse of the facilities CRT have had to close them until further notice.

Bridge 21, Bulls Bridge

ADVICE (Wednesday 10 January until Wednesday 28 February 2018)

Third Party contractors will be carrying out piling work on the offside canal wall.

The navigation will remain open, please stay clear when passing

Starts At: Lock 38 – Kings Lock
Ends At: Lock 30 – Kilby Lock

Update on 10/01/2018:

Following a healthy period of rainfall and snow melt in December and the early part of January, CRT are happy to advise that the reservoirs supplying the Leicester Line are now at a much improved level. As such, they will be re-opening the Leicester Line from Noon on Friday 12th January.


CRT would still like to carry out minor works to some of the locks along this length and envisage carrying out these works in the first half of March, and so there will be short closures at that time.


CRT would ask boaters to help us conserve water by sharing a lock where space allows, making sure all gates and paddles are shut after use and inviting oncoming boats through where they can make use of the water within the lock.

Bottom/River Lock, Stanley Dock Arm

TOWPATH CLOSURE (Monday 8 January until Monday 5 March 2018)

The pathway adjacent to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Stanley Locks is currently closed to facilitate works the wall at Great Howard Street.   Works include removal of a section of the parapet wall of the A565 (Great Howard St) which is to be reduced in height. The lowered section of the wall will feature a sandstone coping with bronze ‘Leeds & Liverpool Canal’ lettering.  There will also be a bronze interpretation panel detailing the history of the canal and the Stanley Flight installed.   Please also note that there will also be new set of steps down to the canal path which will be wider than the current steps.

The canal footpath will be closed at the entrance with Great Howard St.  There will be a diversion for those wishing to use this entrance/exit connecting at Boundary St or Vauxhall Road.


Beeston Lock – L1 Moorings

ADVICE (12noon Thursday 11 January 2018 until further notice)

The facilities at Beeston will be out of order until further
notice due to vandalism.

Starts At: Lock 51
Ends At: Lock 52
Up Stream Winding Hole: Bridge 60 Alvechurch-Scarfield Wharf
Down Stream Winding Hole: Above Bridge 40, Astwood Lane Bridge

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (Until 4pm Friday 16 March 2018).

A revised design for the work has provided a more cost effective solution which can be delivered in a shorter timescale.

A towpath closure is required for the duration of the works but diversions will be clearly signposted on site.

The Tardebigge flight will remain closed until 16th March, with a navigation window on January 20-21.

Repairs to be undertaken to the waterway wall.


Starts At: Lock 38
Ends At: Lock 39

RESTRICTION (7am Saturday 20 January 2018 until further notice)

There is a navigation hazard on the towpath side of the pound between Locks 38 & 39 due to several large displaced coping stones (dislodged during renovation works) below water level. These are situated next the repaired waterway wall awaiting recovery.

Works to recover and reset the copings will commence in the next phase of stoppages on the Tardebigge Flight after the 20th / 21st January open weekend.

Please approach with caution and listen to instructions from Canal and River Trust staff.

The Trust is working to get this matter resolved as quickly as possible.

For assistance please phone Freephone Canals on 0800 4799947.

Lock 1/Lock 4 to Lock 8/Lock 12-13/Aqueduct 5
Up Stream Winding Hole: Above Lock 16, junction with Macclesfield Canal
Down Stream Winding Hole: Chadkirk Aqueduct

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 29 January until 4pm Thursday 29 March 2018)

Great progress is being made on site and works are moving forward in all the areas planned on the Marple flight.

The work at Lock 15 is critical though and very complex owing to the confined site, close to houses.  CRT has reviewed its programme and have set a reopening date of 29th March.  This is slightly later than first anticipated but is in time for the Easter weekend.