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Stoppages & Restrictions Listing

ADVICE (until further notice)

We are now entering a second year of prolonged dry weather, meaning
that rainfall has been significantly lower than average. This is likely to
result in lower than usual water levels and excessive weed and algae
growth over the coming months.

River levels
Please help to conserve water by sharing locks wherever possible, always
closing and locking (where padlocks are in use) the paddles in the v-doors,
and leaving the guillotine gate in the raised position before leaving site. The
v-doors hold the retention level in the upstream reach for navigation

Weed growth
We regularly monitor dissolved oxygen levels (essential for aquatic life) in the
river when weed cutting. Please be aware that in certain conditions we have
to stop and allow dissolved oxygen levels to recover before continuing.

Potential for environmental incidents
Low flow, hot weather and combined low water levels can reduce the oxygen
in the watercourse and result in loss of aquatic life. Please report any
sightings of fish in distress or fish kills via our incident hotline 0800 80 70 60.

Oxford Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Oxford Canal-Dredging at various locations between Enslow and Oxford

Tuesday 23 April 2019 until Monday 12 August 2019 23:59

Type: Advice 
Reason: Maintenance

Original message:

Please be aware that dredging is being carried out at various locations on the South Oxford Canal between Enslow and Oxford from April through to August 2019.

Boaters are requested to pass through the working areas with caution. There is a possibility of short delays up to 30 minutes, for example when the dredger is
in a bridge hole or alongside moorings, though the crew will aim to minimise any inconvenience.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 23 East

ADVICE (1.30pm Sunday 28 April 2019 until further notice)

Lock 23 East Huddersfield Narrow Canal – To prevent loss of water from the lock skippers of all craft are asked to leave the lock empty and the tailgate paddles in the open position.

Great Ouse Tidal River

Stoppages & Restrictions

Denver Lock and Tidal River

RESTRICTION (Friday 3 May 2019 until further notice)

Despite silt clearance on the Tidal River in March 2019 at Denver and Salters Lode locks and with combinations of neap tides, low fluvial flows off of the Hundred Foot River, further siltation issues are affecting Denver Lock approach. Also the Tidal River for craft traversing between Denver and Salters Lode and for craft navigating the Hundred Foot and Great Ouse Tidal Rivers between Earith and Kings Lynn.
This may result in locking windows being restricted and reduced in frequency causing possible delays for boaters. In addition river users may experience difficulties with increased risk of craft grounding within the Tidal River and
whilst approaching locks / structures.
EA advise boaters to proceed with extreme caution if going onto the tidal river at present and stress the importance of making contact with the relevant lock keepers for the latest up to date tidal river information on the numbers shown below prior to departure.
 Denver Lock – Telephone: 01366 382013
 Salters Lode Lock – Telephone: 01366 382292
For further information, please contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and ask for the Great Ouse Waterways team. In an Emergency or out of hours call our Incident Hotline: 0800 80 70 60.

Grand Union Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 48, Dudswell Lock

Update on 10/05/2019:

To confirm that widebeams will not be able to travel through lock 48 the weekend of 11 and 12 May

RESTRICTION (Friday 10 May 2019 until further notice)

Widebeam booking required for Lock 48 Dudswell

Please be advised that one gate at this lock is inoperable due to repairs required and one gate has been locked shut. 

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the lock must book passage from Monday 13 May onwards. Narrow boats do not require to be booked as one gate will be open for use.

Wide beam passage is available Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) from 9am until 3pm only and must be booked 24hrs in advance.

Please contact: or call Customer Services team: 0303 040 4040

Rochdale Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Lock 89 Tib
Ends At: Bridge 100, Deansgate Tunnel

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 20 May 2019 until further notice)

To facilitate the demolition of the temporary access bridge used to build the axis tower in Manchester, which spans over the canal at Lock 90 Albion Mill, third-party contractors will be installing scaffolding in the vicinity of both the lock and the bridge.

As a result, the towpath will be closed to all users, but a signed diversion route will be in place between lock 89 and Bridge 100.

The canal will remain open, and the lock will be fully functional. However, boaters may experience slight delays.

Banksman will be in place on both approaches, and boaters are requested to slow down and await their instructions.

Intersection of: Bridge 110, Whitelands Road Bridge to Bridge 110, Whitelands Road Bridge on Ashton Canal and Plantation Street Bridge to Plantation Street Bridge on Huddersfield Narrow Canal

TOWPATH CLOSURE (1pm Thursday 30 May 2019 until further notice)

There is an unstable wall alongside the towpath near to bridge 108. The towpath has been closed as a precaution until third party contractors can stabilise the wall.

The towpath is closed but a diversion is available via Whitelands Road and Plantation Street. The canal is open but boaters should approach with caution.

River Ouse

Stoppages & Restrictions

Scarborough Rail Bridge

Update on 21/06/2019:

We have been advised that these works will now continue until 19 July.

RESTRICTION (5pm until Sunday 30 June 2019)

Update on 03/06/2019:

We have been advised by Contractors that further work is being carried out to complete the scheme.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 1 East, Stanley Dawson Lock

RESTRICTION (5pm Tuesday 4 June 2019 until further notice)

Overnight between Monday pm and Tuesday am Lock 3E and Lock 2E were emptied and paddles were left up at Lock 1E, resulting in a massive amount of water for us to replenish.

Therefore it is necessary to introduce overnight restrictions from tonight until further notice.

Lock 1E will be padlocked overnight to give us chance to refill the pounds and prevent further reoccurrence. 

The canal will be reopened at 9am on subsequent mornings.

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 81, Llanover

TOWPATH CLOSURE (1pm Thursday 6 June 2019 until further notice)

Please be aware that the towpath has collapsed at Bridge 81, Llanover. A towpath diversion is in place around the back of the bridge.

Craft should proceed with extreme caution.

Rochdale Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 66 Tannersfield Highest

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (Friday 7 June 2019 until further notice)

Navigation is closed at Lock 66 on the Rochdale Canal due to a boat impact which has resulted in the mitre post being split. Navigation will remain closed whilst we inspect the full impact of the damage caused.

Ure Navigation/River Ouse

Stoppages & Restrictions

River Ouse & River Ure

ADVICE (6am Friday 7 June until 11pm Saturday 7 September 2019)

Skippers of all craft are reminded to reduce wash when passing moored or unpowered craft. It is important to note that even when travelling within the speed limit, excessive wash can be created thereby increasing the risk of damage or injury.

Speed limits on the River Ouse non tidal section and the River Ure are 6kts (6.9mph) over the ground. Through York Centre the speed limit is 5kts (5.7mph) over the ground.

Tees Navigation

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Victoria Road Bridge
Ends At: Tees Barrage

EVENT (11am Wednesday 19 June until Sunday 8 September 2019)

In support of Great North CityGames Canal & River Trust will be working in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Council and other river groups to provide a series of river related activities including rowing regattas, boat flotillas and raft building. Other events are also being planned.

River restrictions will be in place at various stages throughout the day this will be kept to a minimum to prevent disruption to river users.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Bridge 130, Sandygate Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 130B, Manchester Road Bridge

Update on 24/06/2019:

The towpath will remain closed whilst third-party works continue to an adjacent building. In the interest of public safety, we politely request all canal users to listen to any advice that may be given by the onsite banksmen and be prepared to stop if requested. This is to allow the third-party contractors to radio through to the demolition team to cease works at the adjacent building to allow for a safe passage.

TOWPATH CLOSURE (Friday 21 June 2019 until further notice)

Due to third-party works, an emergency towpath closure has been implemented between Bridge 130, Sandygate Bridge and Bridge 130B, Manchester Road Bridge, on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.