Stoppages & Restrictions Listings

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Winter stoppages 2019-2020:

CRT Enquiries: 03030 404040 unless indicated otherwise

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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

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.

Ashton Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 15, Copperus Lane Swing Bridge

RESTRICTION (Thursday 4 July 2019 until further notice)

Please be advised Bridge 15, Copperus Lane Swing Bridge on the Ashton canal has sustained damage to the lock mechanism and foundations. Contractors have been onsite and have taken the damaged part offsite to repair. As a result of this, to maintain the safety of our customers, a padlock has been placed on the bridge.

As of Friday 5 July, to allow for a safe passage, banksmen will be placed at the bridge twice daily, until the repair is complete. Times of navigation through Bridge 15 are;

  • 8am till 9am
  • 4pm till 5pm

The bridge will remain padlocked outside these hours. We politely request all customers to arrive within the allotted times to ensure passage through Bridge 15.

If you require passage through Bridge 15 today, Thursday 4 July, please call us on 03030 404040 and ask to speak with the North-West team. Please be advised to expect up to an hour wait, allowing for traffic and emergency call outs. Please note, the team will only be able to assist up till 5pm today. Passage through Bridge 15 will then be available at 8am tomorrow morning, as advised above.

River Great Ouse

Stoppages & Restrictions

ADVICE (Friday 5 July 2019 until further notice)

Please be advised that our fleet of weed cutters and harvesters are currently
deployed on the system. However the growth on certain reaches has been very rapid and you should expect there to be some volumes of weed within the navigation channel and particularly in the shallower margins.

Please ensure any inboard engine cooling filters and weed strainers are checked
and cleared regularly to avoid engine overheating problems. It may also be
advisable to run engines in reverse throttle for short periods at regular intervals to tryand clear propellers of weed whilst underway on the navigation.

Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Sharpness Inner Lock Chamber
Ends At: Bridge 2 High Level Bridge

ADVICE (3pm Friday 12 July 2019 until further notice)

Please be advised that there is a fault with the Sharpness Pierhead phone line and as such we cannot take bookings on this line.

For vessels wishing to book inbound or outbound passage through Sharpness, please call 07484 935596, alternatively email

Please be prepared to provide the following information

Name, Vessel Name, Tide of Arrival/Departure, Air Draft:, >5.1m for passage under the High Bridge, Licence Number and Contact Number.

Grand Union Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Braunston Tunnel West Portal
Ends At: Braunston Tunnel

TOWPATH CLOSURE (Monday 22 July until Tuesday 31 December 2019)

Orbit Homes are developing the new Mickle Well Park development of 450 new homes, public open spaces, shops, school and playgrounds. 

To enable the site preparation and construction works to be carried out safely, we are diverting members of the public from the historic towpath route over Braunston Tunnel onto an alternative route that is signed on-site. 

If you have any concerns over the diversion please contact Orbit Homes on  02476 14 8280.

Please follow the signed diversion on-site.

North Stratford Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Earlswood Reservoirs, Windmill Pool

ADVICE (8am Thursday 25 July 2019 until further notice)

Please be aware we have a suspected bloom of blue green algae at Earlswood Lakes. Engine Pool and Windmill Pool are mainly affected.

Bridgwater & Taunton Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 20, Outwood Swingbridge

Monday 29 July 2019 16:00 until further notice

Type: Advice 
Reason: Maintenance

Original message:

Please be aware Outward Swingbridge (Bridge 20) is extremely difficult to open. Should you require assistance please contact Mike Osment on 07887545369.

River Severn Navigation

Stoppages & Restrictions

Bridge 20, Worcester South Bypass

Tuesday 30 July 2019 07:00 until Thursday 30 July 2020 08:00

Type: Advice 
Reason: 3rd Party Works

Original message:

Please be advised there are ongoing works on the River Severn at Bridge 20, these works are required by Worcester Highways as part of the ongoing expansion of the road network around Worcester.

The works involve the construction of a bridge crossing spanning the River Severn, users are advised to approach the area with caution keeping to the centre channel of the River when navigating within this area.

Shropshire Union Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Wheaton Aston Lock

Wednesday 31 July 2019 08:00 until further notice

Type: Advice 
Reason: Repair

Original message:

We are aware of the leaking water at Wheaton Aston Lock and have scheduled repair to start in October. Works have been delayed as we are trying to minimise disruption to our waterways, however, we might have to implement an emergency closure if the leak worsens in the meantime.

Peak Forest Canal/Macclesfield Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Intersection of:

Lock 1 to Lock 16 on Peak Forest Canal


Lock 12 to Lock 1 on Macclesfield Canal

Thursday 1 August 2019 18:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure 
Reason: Water resources

Original message:

Following the heavy rainfall which has caused widespread problems across the North West, we’re currently working with local agencies to manage the potential risks arising from damage to the spillway at Toddbrook Reservoir which feeds the Peak Forest Canal. Our engineers are on site assessing the scale of the damage and over the next few hours we will be doing all we can to draw down water from the reservoir in a controlled way to reduce the risk to surrounding communities 

In the meantime we have taken the decision to close the Marple flight on the Peak Forest canal and the Bosley flight on the Macclesfield canal whilst we manage the potential risks.  The emergency services are taking every precaution including evacuating local properties and closing local roads to maintain public safety. If you are boating in this area please take every precaution.

River Nene

Stoppages & Restrictions

Various landing stages

ADVICE (Wednesday 31 July until 31 December 2019)

Refurbishment works will be taking place to the following river Nene landing stages
during the timeframe detailed:

 Cogenhoe Lock Upstream & Downstream Landing Stages SP 83134 61366
 Whiston Upstream Landing Stage SP 84600 61740
 Wollaston Upstream Landing Stage SP 88861 64519
 Upper Wellingborough Upstream Landing Stages (1 & 2) SP 89942 66233
 Ditchford Upstream Landing Stage SP 93226 68234
 Doddington Upstream Landing Stage SP 87562 63657
 Lower Ringstead Upstream & Downstream Landing Stages SP 97350 75144
 Lilford Upstream Landing Stage TL 02558 83709
 Elton Upstream Landing Stages TL 08245 93896
 Yarwell Upstream & Downstream Landing Stages TL 07442 97207
 Water Newton Downstream Landing Stage TL 10981 97408
 Alwalton Upstream Landing Stage TL 12982 96338
 Wadenhoe Upstream Landing Stage TL 01176 83255
 Stanground Upstream Landing Stage TL 20805 97356
 Orton Lock Upstream Landing Stage TL 16505 97189

Please be aware that whilst these landing stages will be out of use, a temporary
structure will be in place to enable continued use of the lock and navigation.

Oxford Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Water Point, Brownsover

ADVICE (11am Friday 2 August 2019 until further notice)

There are issues with the pumping pit pipeworks that serve the Elsan, until this issue is resolved we will need to close the Elsan facility.

River Nene

Stoppages & Restrictions

Update 08/08/2019:

Please be aware Wadenhoe and Perio Lock paddles are now back in
full operation but Ashton Lock still remains out of operation.

In the interest of safety the affected paddles have been taken out of
operation and boaters are advised to refrain from attempting to use them.
Please use the alternative paddle.

Looking downstream:
Wadenhoe Lock (left-hand paddle)
Ashton Lock (right-hand paddle)
Perio Lock (left-hand paddle)

ADVICE (Thursday 1 August 2019 until further notice)

There is a safety issue with the paddle mechanisms at the locks
stated above.

In the interest of safety the affected paddles have been taken out
of operation and boaters are advised to refrain from attempting to
use them. Please use the alternative paddle.

We also advise that the issue at Upper Barnwell Lock has now be
rectified and both paddles can be operated at this site.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Lock 85, Lock 21
Ends At: Lock 65, Top Lock

RESTRICTION (Monday 5 August 2019 until further notice)

Please be advised the following restrictions will be continued to be implemented on the Wigan Flight Lock 65 (Top of Wigan Flight) and Lock 85 (Bottom of Wigan Flight) to oversee safe use of the locks and to reduce the risk of vandalism;

•           8.30am – 10am to facilitate entry on to the flight

•           12.30pm – 2pm to allow exit off the flight

The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times and roving lock keepers will be on the Wigan Flight daily to oversee passages and ensure the water levels are maintained.  This is not an assisted passage, however staff will be around to help customers when needed. If you experience any issues whilst on the flight, please call our customer support team on 03030 404040 who will contact our Wigan Flight lock keepers. Please bear with us as we may already be dealing with other urgent jobs.

Full assistance is available for single handed boaters on Thursday mornings at 8:30am by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call our North-West customer service team on 03030 404040, please note the appointments are limited and dealt with on a first come basis.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.