Stoppages & Restrictions Listings

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Winter stoppages 2019-2020: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/report/winter-notices.pdf

CRT Enquiries: 03030 404040 unless indicated otherwise

For River Thames: www.gov.uk/river-thames-conditions-closures-restrictions-and-lock-closures.

For River Great Ouse: please contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Great Ouse Waterways team

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Stoppages & Restrictions Listing

Kennet & Avon Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Lock 1, Hanham Lock
Ends At: Lock 7, Bath Bottom Lock

ADVICE (9.30am Monday 23 November 2020 until further notice)

Update on 23/11/2020:

Please be advised that river levels have fallen sufficiently to allow navigation from Lock 7- Bath Bottom Lock to Lock 1 – Hanham Lock, this area is currently designated:

Yellow (falling)

Proceed with caution.

Please contact us on 03030404040 or at enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk if you would like to speak with our Customer Support Team, about this information.

River Severn Navigation

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Lock 9 Lincomb Lock
Ends At: Lock 2 Gloucester Lock

ADVICE (10.30am Monday 23 November 2020 until further notice)

Update on 23/11/2020:

Please be advised that river levels have fallen sufficiently to allow navigation from Gloucester Lock to Lincomb Lock.

Yellow (falling) Proceed with caution.

CAUTION STREAM DECREASING

We advise users of all unpowered boats not to navigate and users of powered boats to navigate with caution

For further information please call our Customer Service Team on 03030404040 or email enquiries.walwssouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line

Stoppages & Restrictions

Pumpout out of use – Castleford Services

Update on 23/11/2020:

Engineers are due out to site tomorrow AM.

We will update the notice accordingly once engineers have visited the site.

ADVICE (11.15am Monday 23 November 2020 until further notice)

The pump out facility at Castleford is currently out of order.

Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 4, Fishpond Lock

NAVIGATIONI CLOSURE (6pm Saturday 21 November 2020 until further notice)

Fishponds Lock is non operational due to a failure to one of the collars on the top gates.
Engineers will be attending site on Monday 23rd Nov, after which an update will be given.

Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 12, Whitley Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (4pm Sunday 22 November 2020 until further notice)

One of the hydraulic pipes on the sluice ram has burst making the Lock non-operational.
An update will be given when a repair has been carried out and the Lock is back in operation.

Oxford Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

North of Bridge 14 Ansty Road

ADVICE (8am Monday 23 November until 6pm Friday 27 November 2020)

The navigation and towpath will remain open. Emergency vegetation removal works will be carried out from a pontoon on the offside of the canal immediately North of Bridge 14. The works will be halted, and pontoon moved to make way for passing customers. Please take extra care when going through this area.

River Severn Navigation

Stoppages & Restrictions

High Water Levels
Starts At: Upper Lode Lock
Ends At: Lock 2 Gloucester Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (4pm Wednesday 18 November 2020 until further notice)

Please be advised that due to high water levels The River Severn navigation is now closed and is currently on a Red warning between Gloucester Lock and Upper Lode Lock.

CAUTION STRONG STREAM

Do not proceed (Locks may be closed)

We advise users of all boats not to navigate because the strong flows make it difficult and dangerous (Locks may be closed)

 

Grand Union Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Sunken craft near Old Mill, Berkhamsted

ADVICE (Wednesday 18 November until Thursday 31 December 2020)

We have been made aware that there is a submerged craft to the side of the navigation.
The canal navigation remains open, but boaters are advised to slow down approaching the craft and please pass with care.

River Nene

Stoppages & Restrictions

Stretch between Irthingborough Lock and Higham Ferrers Lock

ADVICE (Tuesday 17 November 2020 until further notice)

Owing to recent bank failure the stretch between the above locks will
need to be lowered sufficiently to allow for remedial works to be carried
out.
This will result in navigation not being possible in this stretch until works
are complete and levels brought back to normal retention.

 

 

Selby Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Tankards Bridge, Nr Haddlesey Flood Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Above Lock
Down Stream Winding Hole: Selby Basin

 

Update on 17/11/2020:

We regret to inform that we have been unable to secure the necessary road closure at Tankards Bridge from North Yorkshire County Council to enable us to complete full repairs to the parapet walls of the bridge following a vehicle strike a few weeks ago. This is due to the nearby road closure of the A19 for ongoing works and the need for Tankards Bridge to remain open to allow for continued access around the local area. It will therefore not be possible to schedule full repairs until such a time as the A19 re-opens and a subsequent closure of Tankards Bridge can be secured. For updates on the closure please refer to the North Yorkshire County Council website.

 In the meantime, we have worked hard to find a solution that offers safe passage under the bridge. From Tuesday 17th November 2020 the bridge will be re-opened to canal traffic with a restriction limiting passage to vessels with a maximum height of 7ft. This limitation will be clearly signed on site, and vessels greater than 7ft in height will not be able to pass the protective scaffold mitigating the risk of any falling masonry. Whilst we appreciate this will not meet all needs for passage it is a necessary restriction for the continued safety of skippers and boats passing under the bridge.

 

Rochdale Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 43, Punchbowl Bridge, Rochdale Canal
Starts At: Lock 36
Ends At: Lock 45

Update on 13/11/2020:

Discussions and investigations continue into the repair works needed to third-party owned bridge, Bridge 43, Punchbowl Bridge on the Rochdale Canal.

Our teams are working with local authorities to establish a method of repair, however, due to reasons beyond our control, we anticipate navigation will remain closed between Lock 36 and Lock 45 for the duration of the winter period.

A further update will be provided by Monday 11 January 2021.

Update on 23/10/2020:

Please be advised navigation remains closed between Lock 36 and Lock 45 on the Rochdale Canal whilst our teams await further updates from the third-party bridge owners to facilitate repairs to Bridge 43.

Update on 16/10/2020:

Please be advised navigation remains closed between Lock 36 and Lock 45 on the Rochdale Canal whilst our teams liaise with external authorities to facilitate repairs to the third-party bridge.

Update on 12/10/2020:

Our engineers have confirmed that the underside of the bridge is unstable. The bridge is not owned by Canal & River Trust, but to ensure the safety of our customers, navigation between Lock 36 and Lock 45 on the Rochdale Canal will remain closed until the bridge is repaired.

Update on 09/10/2020:

Our engineers have been to site and assessed the damage to the third-party bridge. Whilst investigations continue with the local authorities, navigation between Lock 36 and Lock 45 on the Rochdale Canal will remain closed.

Update on 09/10/2020:

For the safety of our customers, navigation is closed between Lock 36 and Lock 45 on the Rochdale Canal to prevent movement in the area.

Original message:

Please be advised navigation is currently closed at Bridge 43, Punchbowl Bridge on the Rochdale Canal to be able to carry out an emergency repair to the bridge. Our engineers have been informed and are on their way to site.

Kennet & Avon Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Bridge 109 Wooton Rivers Farm Bridge
Ends At: Lock 67, Little Bedwyn Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Between Bridges 92 and 93
Down Stream Winding Hole: Between Bridges 111 and 112

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (until 4pm Friday 11 December 2020)

Update on 13/11/2020:

Unfortunately, due to availability of resources during the current Covid situation, we are unable to commence work at Crofton Pumping Station this winter.

As a result, although we will continue with our stoppage in order to carry out repair work at Wooton Pumping Station and Lock 67, we will now be able to re-open the navigation from 11th December 2020.

We will also be deferring works at Bridge 109 until next winter, in order for additional repairs that have been identified to be planned and completed at the same time.

The towpath from Locks 58 to 61 will now stay open.  The navigation will remain dewatered at Lock 67 but normal water levels will be maintained in other areas.  Mooring restrictions will remain in place during the stoppage and no boats are permitted to moor between Locks 66 and 68 during this period.

We would like to apologise most sincerely for this change to programme which, sadly, has been unavoidable.  We realise the change may have caused inconvenience to local moorers.   If you have any issues regarding your mooring, please contact us on enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk to discuss this with a member of our Customer Service Team.

River Great Ouse

Stoppages & Restrictions

Common Muckhill Bridge – Ely
Grid Reference TL5447079583

RESTRICTION (Monday 16 November 2020 until further notice)

Contractors for Network Rail have completed the
installation of the scaffolding to the underside of Common Muckhill
Bridge which has reduced the headroom by approx. 300mm. The
planned maintenance work is going to take longer than originally
anticipated. We will send a further updated notice once we know when
these works are to be completed and the scaffolding is to be dismantled.

 

 

Ashton Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 13, Crabtree Lane, Openshaw
Starts At: Bridge 21, Lumb Lane Bridge
Ends At: Lock 1
Up Stream Winding Hole: Lumb Lane, Bridge 21
Down Stream Winding Hole: Piccadilly/Dale Street Basin, Rochdale Canal

Update on 12/11/2020:

The third party contractor has confirmed their works by Lock 13 will no longer be carried out this winter. However, please be aware, the navigation remains closed due to other works in the area. Thank you.

Original message:

Third party contractors require a closure to remove a redundant gas pipe from a pipe bridge located at towpath level, and the underground element within the lock.