Stoppages & Restrictions Listings

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Stoppages & Restrictions Listing

River Soar

Start date: January 31, 2024
Est. end if know: March 31, 2024
Stoppages & Restrictions

Top Bridge approximately 500m below Pillings Lock

Update on 31/01/2024:

At Top Bridge, approximately 500m below Pillings Lock, on the River Soar there is a bank slippage.  The flood waters have washed back into the navigation and removed a 10m section of bank, where the debris is also encroaching on the towpath. 

We ask boaters to please pass this section with care while investigations are carried out and caution should also be taken when passing on the towpath.  

We will update this notice by the 31st March or as soon as we have further information.

Regent’s Canal

Start date: January 29, 2024
Est. end if know: June 30, 2024
Stoppages & Restrictions

Westminster Council owned bridge from Lisson Grove Estate closed for refurbishment. Towpath and navigation to remain open and passable at all times.
Bridge 3 (Footbridge)

Update on 29/01/2024:

Completion date has been changed to the 30.06.2024

River Soar

Start date: January 17, 2024
Est. end if know: March 20, 2024
Stoppages & Restrictions

Memory Lane Visitor Moorings

ADVICE (Wednesday 17 January Wednesday 20 March 2024)

Please be advised that the visitor moorings on Memory Lane in Leicester on the River Soar are currently suspended for an improvement project.

The project is to construct seven residential moorings and new visitor moorings with associated facilities. The works are expected to take nine weeks.

Boaters are informed that there is no mooring at, or access through, this location for the duration of the works. The towpath will also be closed during this time.

River Thames

Start date: January 15, 2024
Est. end if know: March 22, 2024
Stoppages & Restrictions

Hambleden Lock

LOCK CLOSURE (Monday 15 January until 22 March 2024)

Upgrading upstream and downstream lock gate sluices.

Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)

Start date: January 13, 2024
Est. end if know: March 31, 2024
Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Lock 38 – Kings Lock
Ends At: Lock 37 – Blue Bank Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: GL-059-007

Update on 12/01/2024:

Assisted passage has resumed between Kings Lock and Blue Bank Lock.  The assisted passage will be available at 12pm on each planned Wednesday for up to four boats, pre-booking is required.

A member of staff will embark each boat as a pilot for the passage.  Please follow any instructions as they assist you through the pound and locks.

To book your passage please contact [email protected] or call on 0303 0404 4040 (option 2 then 5).  

We would be grateful if any bookings for a Wednesday could be made with us by 1pm on the Tuesday so we can plan the required resource to assist you. 

Please do not approach either lock until after your booking has been confirmed.

The towpath remains closed.  We will update this notice by the 31st March 2024 or as soon as we have further information.

Trent & Mersey Canal

Start date: January 11, 2024
Est. end if know: March 31, 2024
Stoppages & Restrictions

Middlewich Eastern Bypass, Booth Lane
Starts At: Bridge 166
Ends At: Bridge 164
Up Stream Winding Hole: Middlewich
Down Stream Winding Hole: Dragons Lane

ADVICE (8am Thursday 11 January until 5pm Sunday 31 March 2024)

Please be advised that third-party contractors will be onsite between bridge 164 and bridge 166 on the Trent and Mersey Canal. 

The third-party contractors are working on behalf of  Cheshire East Council.  They will be removing vegetation,  carrying out ground clearance and demolition on both sides of the canal in preparation for construction of a new bridge.   

Whilst the navigation and towpath will remain open, we politely request all customers to approach the area with caution and be prepared to stop if necessary. 

Please take note of the signage and to listen to any advice that may be given by the third-party contractors onsite.

River Soar

Start date: December 21, 2023
Est. end if know: August 31, 2024
Stoppages & Restrictions

Under Bridge 12, Thurcaston Road Bridge

Update on 20/12/2023:

After a further review by our engineers, it has been decided that Thurcaston Road Bridge is to remain closed off with permanent fencing.

The closure is still in place as the sink hole is still there and needs our maintenance team to carry out the required repair works.

The towpath is still closed although we have been able to reduce the risk on the ground with the improved fencing.

Work is being planned in for next year, and we will update this notice by the end of August or as soon as we have further information.  We will continue to monitor the situation carefully. 

Fossdyke Canal

Start date: December 8, 2023
Est. end if know: March 30, 2024
Stoppages & Restrictions

Saxilby Village – Visitor Moorings

ADVICE (Friday 8 December 2023 until further notice)

The street lighting at Saxilby visitor moorings remain disconnected following recent refurbishment works to the footbridge.

This is due to complications with the electrical supply.

Visitor mooring customers should be aware of reduced night-time visibility along the mooring paths and take suitable mitigation measures.

We will update this notice by 30th March or when we have further information. 

Birmingham & Warwick Junction Cnl

Start date: November 20, 2023
Est. end if know: March 1, 2025
Stoppages & Restrictions

Saltley, Birmingham
Starts At: Bridge 107, Gas Works
Ends At: River Rea Overflow Channel Aqueduct

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 20 November 2023 until 5pm Saturday 1 March 2025)

Contractors working on behalf of High Speed 2 Limited, are undertaking works to construct a new railway viaduct over the canal.  To undertake these works, the contractor has installed a temporary towpath through the works and boat movements will be reduced to one boat through the works at a time.

Towpath users are required to use the temporary towpath which is on a pontoon. Temporary traffic lights will be installed to control boats moving through the works area.

Short duration towpath closures may be required by the contractor between November 2023 and March 2025. Please pass through the area with care.

Birmingham & Warwick Junction Cnl

Start date: November 6, 2023
Est. end if know: March 15, 2024
Stoppages & Restrictions

Saltley Birmingham
Starts At: Bridge 97, Roving Bridge Bordesley Junc
Ends At: Bridge 110, Roving Bridge, Salford Junc
Up Stream Winding Hole: Bordesley Junction
Down Stream Winding Hole: Salford Junction

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 6 November 2023 until 4pm Friday 15 March 2024)

We are pleased to advise these works can now be done as a restriction; therefore, we no longer need to do a full navigational closure.

HS2 have been working with their contractors to devise a method of work utilising a combination of restrictions.

Traffic lights will be used to control the boat traffic and a temporary pontoon will be in place to accommodate towpath users.

Please navigate with care and follow advice from contractors on site and expect short delays of up to 30 mins.

Peak Forest Canal

Start date: October 12, 2023
Est. end if know: March 29, 2024
Stoppages & Restrictions

Near Brabyns Cottage
Lock 2
Up Stream Winding Hole: Above lock 16
Down Stream Winding Hole: Below Lock 1

Update on 12/10/2023:

We would like to advise our customers of a change of date for this closure which allows the Trust to deliver the required works more effectively by taking the opportunity of the Marple locks being closed due to the works at lock 7, we are delaying these works until the 4th March 2024. The closure will run for 4 weeks through to the 29th March 2024.

Original message:

A stoppage is required to fit a new lock head gate. 

Regent’s Canal

Start date: September 18, 2023
Est. end if know: April 1, 2024
Stoppages & Restrictions

Westminster Council owned bridge from Lisson Grove Esatate closed for refurbishment. Towpath and navigation to remain open and passable at all times.
Bridge 3 (Footbridge)

ADVICE (until 8pm Saturday 30 March 2024)

Westminster City Council are refurbishing their bridge at Lisson Grove. Scaffolding to be erected and some periodic work on the waterway and towpath to go ahead.

No navigation or towpath closures

Grand Union Canal

Start date: September 15, 2023
Est. end if know: March 12, 2024
Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge Inspections – Bridge 200B, Great Western Rail Bridge

ADVICE (8am Friday 15 September 2023 until 6pm Monday 11 March 2024)

XEIAD will be undertaking monthly inspections of railway bridge 200B on the Grand Union Canal until March 2024.   Inspections will be undertaken via a modular pontoon and scaffold tower, and this will be moved for the safe passage of passing boats.  

Navigation & towpath will always remain unrestricted.

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