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.

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

Update on 17/01/2020:

Please note, these third party works have been extended to, and inclusive of, 31 March 2020

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Lancaster Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Bridge 108, Halton Road Bridge
Up Stream Winding Hole: Belmont Bridge, adjacent to Bridge 114
Down Stream Winding Hole: Between Bridge 98 and Waterwitch Bridge 99

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 4 November 2019 until 4pm Friday 13 March 2020)

Update on 05/11/2019:

Work has commenced on the Lune Embankment in order to resolve leakage from the canal.  This will include de-watering the length and re-lining 300m of channel between Lune and Bulk Road Aqueducts.

The towpath will remain open for the majority of the works.  However, to ensure the safety of our customers whilst equipment is being installed on site, the towpath will be closed daily between 9am and 4pm for the next three to four weeks.  Local diversions will be in place.

The towpath will only be closed where the work is taking place each day and will be re-opened when safe to do so.   Please be advised by the on-site team and take note of any signage.

Original message:

A closure is required to carry out substantial repairs of the Lune Embankments in order to resolve persistent leakage from the canal.

This will include de-watering the length and re-lining 300m of channel between Lune and Bulk Road Aqueducts.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Craven Towpath Phase 2 Improvement – Holme Bridge to Thorlby Swing Bridge
Starts At: Bridge 172A, Holme Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 174, Thorlby Swing Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 11 November until Friday 28 February 2020)

As part of the Craven towpath improvement project the towpath between Bridge 172a Holme Bridge and Bridge 174, Thorlby Swing Bridge will be closed.

Chesterfield Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 39, Shireoaks Stone Lock
Ends At: Lock 39, Shireoaks Stone Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Turnerwood Bridge Winding Hole
Down Stream Winding Hole: Worksop Winding Hole (Nr Bridge 41A)

Update on 20/11/2019:

The access road leading to Shireoaks Stone Lock 39 is flooded and impassable. As a result, we have been unable to bring plant and equipment to site to start work on the replacement of the gates and other repairs. Even if the flooding situation improves in the next week, we will not be able to complete all the works before Christmas. We are trying to re-programme this work for the new year and will issue a new stoppage notice as soon as dates can be confirmed.

River Great Ouse

Stoppages & Restrictions

Cardington Lock to Roxton Lock

ADVICE (Thursday 21 November 2019 until 28 February 2020)

Ground Control are looking to commence (Thursday 21st Nov 2019) with
the complete package of works likely to continue through to the end of
February (28th Feb 2020).The work package extends from Cardington
Lock TL0785048871 through to Roxton Lock TL1600253439..
It’s planned to do all the works in different phases starting with trees
between Castle Mill (TL0927250831) and Willington Lock
(TL1199950492). All the works are to be carried out from land based
locations only, the initial area is around The Grange Estate / Octagon
Woods which is all part of Marston Vale Community Trust Land
The works will involve the trimming of minor branches that are encroaching into the navigation window along the watercourse, with the aim of improving access and visibility for all river users.
Navigation is possible and we advise caution if proceeding.
For further information, please call the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Great Ouse Waterways


Oxford Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Location: Towpath closed between Elizabeth Jennings Way and Wolvercote Green, Oxford
Starts At: Bridge 236, Balls Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 238B, Unipart Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (until Friday 31 January 2020)

We are carrying out works to improve the surface of the canal towpath between Aristotle Lane and Godstow Road. The works will be ongoing until 31 January 2020. Unfortunately, during this time it is necessary to close the towpath.

To go aroud the works a possible alternative route would be along the A4144 Worcester Street, Oxford (exiting from the canal from either First Turn or Elizabeth Jennings Way)