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

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Lock 52, Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 57, Bottom Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Bridge 103A, Eanam Bridge
Down Stream Winding Hole: Bridge 96, Bower House Fold Bridge

Update on 07/01/2019:

Please be advised further investigations need to be carried out, whilst the investigations are taking place, the below restrictions will remain.

Update on 02/01/2019:

Please be advised this restriction will remain in place whilst CRT continue to oversee passages on the Blackburn Flight.

Update on 21/12/2018:

Please be advised the local team have successfully facilitated a repair to Top Lock, Blackburn after the recent act of severe vandalism. In order to avoid potential further damage and flooding over the festive season, starting Saturday 22 December, we will be implementing the following restriction;

Blackburn Lock flight (Lock 57, Bottom Lock to Lock 52, Top Lock) will be opened at 10am to 3pm, with last passage at 2pm, daily.

The lock flight will be padlocked out of these hours. No bookings are required, but please can customers check all gates and paddles are closed after use and to share locks where possible.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (Thursday 20 December 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised Blackburn Lock Flight is closed to navigation due to a suspected act of vandalism which happened in the early hours of this morning. Damage has been caused to the Top Lock in which ongoing investigations are being carried out by the local team.

If you have any information regarding the incident, please call 03030 404040 and ask to speak with the North-West office.

River Ouse

Stoppages & Restrictions

Naburn Large Lock

Friday 28 December 2018 16:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction 
Reason: Information


Original message:

Due to  Mechanical issues with one of  the Downstream gates, we are currently only able to accept craft up to a maximum 10ft.

Please contact the Lock keeper at Naburn Lock for further information and to arrange passage through the lock on 01904 728500.

Huddersfield Broad Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 8, Falls Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (1pm Monday 7 January until 5pm Saturday 19 January 2019)

Due to failure of the bottom lock gate cill, repairs are being carried out to the lock.

Passage through the lock will not be possible during these works.

Grand Union Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 21, Cosgrove Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Immediately above Lock 21
Down Stream Winding Hole: Bridge 71B, New Bradwell

Monday 7 January 2019 08:00 until Friday 1 February 2019 16:00

Type: Navigation Closure 
Reason: Repair


Update on 09/01/2019:

Our work at Cosgrove is progressing well.  As well as replacing the top and bottom gates at Lock 21, we will also be undertaking extensive stone work repairs to the towpath side of the winding hole below the lock. 

As there is no access to the winding hole while the stoppage is in progress, we have installed a hosepipe running from the water point to below the bottom stop planks to provide water for moored boats.

Original message:

Replace top and bottom gates

Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Lock 32 Gailey Lock
Ends At: Lock 36 Otherton Lock
Up Stream Winding Hole: Next to Calf Heath Bridge 77
Down Stream Winding Hole: Moat House, Bridge 92

Monday 7 January 2019 08:00 until Monday 4 March 2019 16:00

Type: Navigation Closure 
Reason: Repair


Update on 09/01/2019:

The contractors carrying out the rebuilding of the lower lock landing have requested the stoppage is extended by an additional three days, in order to complete all the works required.   The navigation will now be re-opened on 4th March

The towpath is also closed to facilitate the repairs.  However, please be aware the towpath closure will remain in place until 15th March 2019 whilst surrounding works are completed.

Upper Trent

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock No 1 – Sawley

RESTRICTION (8am Monday 14 January until 4pm Monday 21 January 2019)




Original message:

Please be aware that Sawley Lock 1 is temporarily out of action and not accessible by customers.

This is due to essential works being carried out on the lock control system. The works are being carried out between Monday 14th January and Monday 21st January 2019.

Lock 2 is still operational and customers are still able to use this so travel along the navigation is possible.

Please proceed with care and follow any advice from on site personnel.

New Mainline

Stoppages & Restrictions

Embankment – Puppy Green Bridge to Netherton Tunnel Branch, New Main Line
Up Stream Winding Hole: Factory Junction Bridge, junction with Old Main Line
Down Stream Winding Hole: Dudley Port Junction

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Wednesday 2 January until 2pm Friday 24 May 2019)




Update on 14/01/2019:

Waterway wall repairs are being undertaken between Puppy Green Pipe Bridge and Netherton Tunnel Branch (Dudley Port Junction).   

An alternative route is available by using the Old Main Line (Wolverhampton Level) from Factory Junction through to the Gower Branch Junction and down Brades Locks back onto the New Main Line Canal at Gower Branch Turnover Bridge. 

The Netherton Tunnel Branch in unaffected and will remain fully open during the duration of these works.  It can be accessed from the New Mainline approaching from the East.

During this closure, Third Party Contractors will also be working alongside the Trust to remove the gas pipe crossing near to Puppy Green Aqueduct. These works will take advantage of the existing stoppage to ensure the impact to the navigation is minimised.

Original message:

Waterway wall repairs to be carried out under drained conditions between Puppy Green Pipe Bridge and Netherton Tunnel Branch (Dudley Port Junction).  Please be aware the end date of this closure is outside our published winter stoppage period due to the extent of the works involved.   An alternative route is available by using the Old Main Line (Wolverhampton Level) from Factory Junction through to Gower Branch Junction and down Brades Locks back onto the New Main Line Canal at Gower Branch Turnover Bridge

Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 24, Llanthony Lift Bridge

ADVICE (Saturday 12 January 2019 until further notice)



Original message:

Please be advised that due to dredging operations by Llanthony Bridge, passage through the bridge at weekends may be delayed for up to half an hour.

To book passage through the bridge at the weekend or on weekdays, please provide 24-hour’s notice by contacting Gloucester Lock on 01452 310832.

Eastwood (Sir Frank Price) Lock

Update on 16/01/2019:

The lock is now open, but only one of the upstream sluices is operational.

As a result, filling the lock will take longer than usual.

A crane boat is required and these works will take place after the completion of Kilnhurst stoppage.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (3pm Tuesday 15 January 2019 until further notice)



Original message:

The hydraulic pipe is broken on the top sluice therefore passage through the lock is currently not possible.

Engineers will be on site tomorrow morning and we will update this notice when we have more information.

River Severn Navigation

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 2 Gloucester Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (10am Tuesday 15 January 2019 until further notice)



Original message:

Please be advised that Gloucester Lock is currently closed until further notice for customer safety. A severe leak under the lock has made control over the water levels in the lock impossible, putting an excessive load on the top gates and making passage unsafe.

Calder & Hebble Navigation

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 25, Broad Cut Top

Update on 16/01/2019:

Works have been carried out to slow the leak down and the lock is now operable.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (4pm Tuesday 15 January 2019 until further notice)=


Original message:

The lock is shut due to excessive leakage and CRT will be on site tomorrow to carry out repairs

Trent & Mersey Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Bridge 98, Meaford Lock Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 97, Meaford Turnover Bridge
Up Stream Winding Hole: Downstream of Top Lock Bridge 98
Down Stream Winding Hole: Downstream of Lock 31

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8am Monday 7 January until 4pm Friday 18 January 2019)

Update on 17/01/2019:

Please note the revised end date for this stoppage. 

Weather and site conditions have been favourable and our contractors have been able to complete the grouting works more quickly than originally anticipated. 

We will re-open the canal to navigation on Friday 18th January. 

Original message:

To carry out grouting of the lock walls in order to reduce leakage.

Please be aware that our contract team is due to start work on site on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.  However, their initial work will be carried out under local restrictions only.  Please follow the guidance of contractors on site, who will aim to keep any delays to a minimum.

River Thames

Stoppages & Restrictions

Rushey Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (until 1 March 2019)

Replacing the timber sheeting on the
face of each lock gate.

River Thames

Stoppages & Restrictions

Caversham Lock

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (until 15 March 2019)

Refurbishing the lock chamber concrete walls and timber edging.
Replacing the wet boat shed roller shutter doors upstream of the lock.