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Stoppages & Restrictions Listing
Sainsburys Towpath Access, North of Lock 6, Kidderminster Lock
ADVICE (8am Tuesday 5 December until 5pm Friday 8 December 2023)
Western Power have picked up a fault in one of their cables, requiring contractors to carry out essential repairs.
Approximately 20m of short-term moorings will be suspended from Tuesday 5th December to Friday 8th December. Signage will be in place.
Starts At: Braunston Tunnel West Portal
Ends At: Braunston Tunnel East Portal
ADVICE (7.30-9am Monday 4 December 2023)
Braunston tunnel will be closed to traffic from 07:30, possibly until 09:00 on Monday 4th December for the passage of a widebeam boat travelling from Braunston to Welton.
Boats may enter the tunnel if directed to do so by a Trust representative at the tunnel portal or after 08:00 if no representative is present.
Between High Level Footbridge 1E and Meadow Lane Lock
Starts At: Bridge 1E, High level footbridge
Ends At: Lock 7 – Meadow Lane Lock
ADVICE (8am-5pm Sunday 3 December 2023)
On Sunday 3rd December between 8am and 5pm, there will be a mooring restriction between High Level Footbridge 1E and Meadow Lane Lock, on the Nottingham Beeston Canal.
Boaters are asked not to moor along this section during this time.
This is to allow for Lets Fish and various paddling events which will be taking place as part of the Meadow Lane Lock Open Day. Please feel free to come and join us with your family – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meadow-lane-lock-open-day-tickets-756232821727?aff=oddtdtcreator
Bridge 130H, Godley Bridge, Ormerod Road
Update on 01/12/2023:
Please be advised, navigation remains closed at Bridge 130H, Godley Bridge, Ormerod Road on the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Following the vehicle strike to the third party owned bridge. We are continuing to liaise with the local authority who are currently in the process of organising divers to facilitate the removal of the masonry from within the canal.
A further update will be provided by Friday 8 December.
Contractors will be undertaking the installation of timber fender to offside or railway bridge 9, Primrose Hill, Regent’s Canal
Bridge 19 (Railway)
ADVICE (7am Sunday 3 December until 6pm Tuesday 5 December 2023)
Contractors will be undertaking the installation of timber fender to offside or railway bridge 9, Primrose Hill, Regent’s Canal. A floating pontoon will, be under the bridge and workers will be in the water
Update on 01/12/2023:
A wall has fallen from 3rd party land, from the offside of the River Soar (Leicester Line) between North Lock 42 and Limekiln Lock 43.
Debris from the wall remains in the navigation and amongst the vegetation.
Boats can pass but should proceed with care and keep to the centre channel as the wall still standing looks unstable.
We do not yet have a time scale for when repairs will be carried out, but we will update this notice by the 8th December or as soon as we have further information.
PD Ports Jetty
Port of Howden
ADVICE (8am Saturday 2 December until 6pm Sunday 3 December 2023)
Contractors will be undertaking bed levelling and survey work at Jetty No. 4 PD Ports Howdendyke, this is the upstream jetty.
The survey tug ‘Little Shuva’ will be engaged in the work and will maintain a listening watch on channel 9 & 14.
Skippers of all craft are to exercise care and caution in the area and to give the ‘Little Shuva” as wide a berth as possible, passing at the SLOWEST POSSIBLE SPEED to avoid creating a wash.
Northwich, Weaver Navigation
Town Swing Bridge
Update on 01/12/2023:
Please be advised our specialist contractors have attended site this week and successfully removed the build up of siltation at Hayhurst Swing Bridge on the Weaver Navigation and navigation has resumed as normal.
However, further work is necessary at Town Swing Bridge, and return visits are required next week.
Whilst the work continues navigation remains closed at Town Swing Bridge to vessels with air draught greater than 7ft 6ins / 2.3m during this time.
If your boat dimensions are suitable for a passage through Anderton Boat Lift, these restrictions do not apply.
A further update will be provided Wednesday 6 December.
Lock 12, Whitley Lock
Update on 01/12/2023:
The upstream entrance to Whitley Lock is still blocked with Floating Pennywort and we have not yet been able to clear the weed. It is still not possible to enter and operate the lock. The lock remains closed.
Weed removal craft are currently working clearing Floating Pennywort from the navigation upstream in the Kellingley Colliery area and will work downstream clearing weed.
Canal and River Trust apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.
This notice will be updated no later the 15:00hours Monday 4th December 2023.
Ramsdens boating facilities – Stanley Ferry
Sanitary Station, Ramsdens Swing Bridge
ADVICE (9am Thursday 30 November 2023 until further notice)
We are temporarily closing the shower and WC at Stanley Ferry Customer service facility; This is to investigate floor damage to the shower rooms.
The elsan, water point and dry waste will remain open.
We will review this situation by the 31st January 2024.
Naburn CSF – Pumpout is not working
ADVICE (4.30pm Thursday 30 November 2023 until further notice)
The pumpout at Naburn CSF is currently not working.
The contractors are sourcing the parts and should be in the depot Monday/Tuesday next week.
Further information on when the parts are able to be installed onto the pump will be given next week.
We will update the notice when we receive further information.
The closest pumpout is at Boroughbridge on the River Ure.
Southern towpath approach to Soar Lane Bridge 3 – River Soar (Leicester City)
TOWPATH RESTRICTION (Thursday 30 November 2023 until Friday 2 February 2024)
Third Party Contractors, Danaher & Walsh on behalf of Keepmoat Homes Ltd, need to construct a new 25m long retaining wall along the towpath verge.
This will be for the Southern towpath approach to Soar Lane Bridge 3, Leicester City.
These works have started today and will be taking place until the 2nd February 2024.
A temporary fence is in place to allow for the excavation and works, which will reduce the width of the towpath.
Towpath users should be aware of the increased work activity and approach with caution whilst passing the site.
Sawley Lock – CSF
Update on 30/11/2023:
The facilities at Sawley are now open for use again and most of the repairs have been carried out.
We are still waiting on our contractors to fix the showers, so they do remain temporarily out of order. We aim to have the showers fixed by next week and we will update this notice on the 7th December or as soon as we have further information.
Update on 27/11/2023:
The facilities at Sawley were deep cleaned last week.
We have now carried out some of the electrical repairs, but we require specialist contractors to complete the job.
We aim to have them out by the end of this week, so we can then re-open these facilities.
Bardney Lock – CSF
Update on 29/11/2023:
The facilities at Bardney have been deep cleaned.
We are now arranging for the repairs to be made to the electrics damaged by the flooding caused by Storm Babet.
Our engineers aim to be on site at the start of next week and we will update the notice by Wednesday 6th December or as soon as we have further information.