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

Intersection of: Bridge 1, Junction Side Bridge to Bridge on Macclesfield Canal and
Portland Basin – L6 Mooring to Elsan, Bridge 38, Whaley Bridge on Peak Forest Canal

ADVICE (8am Monday 2 July 2018 until further notice)

Precious resource

The long-range forecast for the next couple of months looks dry so if we want to be boating all summer long, as ever we’d better look after the water. With more boats on the network than during the height of the industrial revolution, all boaters need to work together to save water. If you’ve been on the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canal recently you will be aware of  the THRIFT code which sets out some simple steps that boaters should follow for everyone’s benefit.

THRIFT

Two in a Lock? – Share locks

Help keep it in – Make sure gates and paddles are shut

Report any leaks – tell us

Invite oncoming boats through – Don’t empty or fill locks if someone else can make use of the water

Find another favourite – Explore less busy parts of the network

Think ahead – Plan cruises to minimise use of locks.

 

Bridge 5, Rentons Bridge

Tuesday 3 July 2018 16:00 until further notice

Type: Advice
Reason: Water resources


Original message:

Due to the current dry weather we have raised the water levels of the Ripon Canal and therefore there is a reduced air draft at Rentons Bridge close to Ripon Motor boat club Marina.

This will be ongoing until such time as the levels of water in the River Skell increase which is our source of water for the Ripon Canal.

Can skippers of large craft please slow down and approach the bridge with caution, checking the water level indicator on the side of the bridge to calculate the current air draft.

During the current dry spell, to conserve water resources on the Ripon canal, please share passage through the locks where possible.

Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Deansgate Railway Viaduct

ADVICE (8.15am Monday 9 July 2018 until further notice)

The long-range forecast for the next couple of months looks dry so if we want to be boating all summer long, as ever we’d better look after the water. With more boats on the network than during the height of the industrial revolution, all boaters need to work together to save water. If you’ve been on the Rochdale Canal recently you will be aware of  the THRIFT code which sets out some simple steps that boaters should follow for everyone’s benefit.

THRIFT

Two in a Lock? – Share locks where possible

Help keep it in – Make sure gates and paddles are shut

Report any leaks – tell us

Invite oncoming boats through – Don’t empty or fill locks if someone else can make use of the water

Find another favourite – Explore less busy parts of the network

Think ahead – Plan cruises to minimise use of locks.

Although we’ve only issued the THRIFT code on the Rochdale Canal it’s also worth remembering as good boating practice wherever you are on the network.

Starts At: Lock 2 Gloucester Lock
Ends At: Stourport SMYBA Club – L6 Mooring

Update on 08/10/2018:

Please be advised that we have observed a build-up of silt at the top of the Partings, which is narrowing the channel by the old Ronson site. Customers are advised to navigate this section of the river in single file and keep to the centre of the channel. Please take extra care when entering or leaving the Partings and remain vigilant for any obstructions.

Update on 17/08/2018:

Please be aware that though we are no longer under regulation from the Environment Agency, water levels along the River Severn will be inconsistent for some time.

Please ensure you navigate with caution and remain vigilant for obstructions. Report any concerns you may have to the waterway team.

 

If you require further information then please contact the Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Update on 14/08/2018:

Please be aware that we are no longer under EA regulations as the water levels have risen.

Please ensure you still navigate with caution and remain vigilant for any obstructions. Any concerns you may have should be reported to the waterway team on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Update on 20/07/2018:

Please be advised that due to the long period of hot weather, we are currently experiencing very low water levels along the River Severn navigation.

Due to these low water levels, EA regulations demand that we now share locks along the river.

Please ensure you navigate with caution and remain vigilant for obstructions. Report any concerns you may have to the waterway team.

ADVICE (10am Friday 6 July 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised that due to the long period of hot weather the River Severn Navigation currently has low water levels.

Please be vigilant for obstructions and report any concerns to waterways.

Please navigate with caution.

Victoria Basin Swing Bridge

ADVICE (12noon Thursday 5 July 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised that due to the hot weather, the Victoria Basin Swing Bridge is not currently functioning at full capacity and is occasionally failing to open.

Engineers are attending site regularly to resolve this issue and we appreciate your patience in this matter.

If you require any further information about this issue or are experiencing difficulties entering and exiting your mooring in Victoria Basin, please contact the Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Starts At: Lock 22, Bingley 3 Rise Bottom Lock
Ends At: Lock 29, Bingley 5 Rise Top Lock

Update on 08/08/2018:

Due to continued low rainfall CRT are having to make further operating restrictions at Bingley Five Rive and Bingley Three Rise Locks. Starting on the 10th August passages will be restricted to the following times.

 

Passage down in the morning will be between 10am and 12pm. Due to the change in operating hours this will restrict the amount of boats that can use the flight and this will be managed on a first come first serve basis by the Lock Keepers on site

 

Passage up in the afternoon will be between 1pm and 3pm

 

Please liaise with the lock keepers once you are on site about passage through the lock. Our lock keepers will keep customers fully informed.

 

RESTRICTION (9am Friday 13 July 2018 until further notice)

Due to the continued drawdown of the reservoirs, the prolonged low rainfall and with the forecast for further dry weather, starting today, the Trust is restricting opening hours daily at the following locations:

    • Bingley Five Rise and Bingley Three Rise Locks will be restricted to passage at the following times; passage down in the morning (between 8am and 12pm) and passage up in the afternoon (between 1pm and 5pm).

The lock flights will be padlocked closed at 5pm.  Please ensure that you enter the lock flight with sufficient time to get through, noting the last passage commencement times above.  Moorings are available at the top and bottom of the flights.

We will continue to monitor the water resources and updates will be issued should the situation change.  Please follow the guidance given by representatives of the Trust or on site signage.

Starts At: Lock 7
Ends At: Lock 11

Update on 26/07/2018:

Further to recent update CRT have had to introduce a full closure between Lock 7 and Lock 11 until further notice.

The water levels have not improved overnight as anticipated and the canal will remain closed for today.

 

Update on 25/07/2018:

Unfortunately the water levels have dropped so low CRT have had to close passage between Lock 7 and Lock 11 today from 25th July. This is to ensure the water levels do not drop any further.

 

RESTRICTION (9am Tuesday 17 July 2018 until further notice)

Further to recent update CRT wanted to confirm that further controls will be introduced on the Rochdale Canal from Tuesday 17th July.

CRT are introducing overnight closures between Lock 7 and Lock 11 in the Hebden bridge area of the Rochdale canal Monday to Sunday until further notice.

The first locks each evening will be put on at 4pm and our teams will work with boaters in this section after that time to ensure their passage out.  Moorings are available immediately below these locks for people arriving after 4pm.

The canal will be reopened at 9am on each subsequent morning.

These restrictions are necessary so that we can endeavour to maintain navigation for the rest of the season.  We will continue to monitor the water resource position and update as necessary.

Mill Shrub Pool

ADVICE (until further notice)

Please be advised that a bloom of blue-green algae in Mill Bush Pond above Bittel Farm Road has been reported.

Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health effects.

Contact with the water or with algal scum can cause skin or eye problems.

It is a sensible precaution for you, your children and your animals to avoid contact with the scum and the water close to it.

 

Update on 28/09/2018:

In the latter half of September the Macclesfield & Peak Forest Canal reservoirs have benefited from significant rainfall, resulting in an increase in water levels both in the reservoirs and the canal. We appreciate this summer has seen significant disruption to our boating customers and many need to return to home and winter moorings. We are now in a position to re-open the canal at the Bosley Flight on 6th October.

However to try and conserve water, we will initially operate with restrictions between 8am and 1pmdaily

•            Last passage at lock 1 and lock 12  will be at 1pm, this is to allow our teams to assist boats through the flight.

We will review these restrictions during the first week with the aim of removing them as soon as possible.

The Bosley Flight will then close on the 5th November to allow the winter works at Locks 8 and Lock 12 to be completed. (The winter works stoppage notices will be updated to reflect time duration changes).

tarts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 12

 

Update on 13/09/2018:

Although some rainfall has occurred over recent weeks, low levels of rainfall have persisted throughout August and are forecasted to continue through the latter part of September, this has impacted on the reservoir holdings which are still extremely low. At least 5 weeks of prolonged rainfall would be required before holdings were to reach a sustainable water level to consider reopening of the Macclesfield Canal. Therefore, it is anticipated that it is unlikely that the Bosley Flight will re-open until at least the end of October, possibly later if we don’t experience any significant and prolonged rainfall over the coming weeks. We have opened up discussions with the Environment Agency regarding temporary abstractions to protecting the canal environment, these abstractions will not be for the purpose of supporting navigation.

The Bosley flight is padlocked closed and the gates have been ashed up to reduce leakage.  To prevent unauthorised use, measures have been taken to make the locks inoperable. While the closure will prevent use of that stretch of canal by boats the towpath will remain open for visitors and the local community alike to enjoy.

While we have had the canal closed our teams have been taking advantage of the lock closures to deliver a large programme of works to remedy some of the usability issues on the locks.  Works have included leakage repairs on the gates.  We have also completed gate replacement works at lock 5, wash wall repairs between locks 5 and 6.  Taking the current situation in to consideration we have chosen to bring forward our winter works programme for the following locks, lock 3, lock 5, lock 6. We will now deliver these works during September while the lock flight remains closed.

We will provide a further update on the water situation at the end September, if the water resources have still not improved we will review the opportunity to bring forward the planned winter works at Locks 8 and Lock 12.

This does mean that customers wishing to access or leave Macclesfield canal won’t be able to do so until the stoppage works have been concluded and the reservoir holdings have improved.

Monday 23 July 2018 12:45 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources


Original message:

Due to the continued drawdown of the reservoirs because of prolonged low rainfall and with the forecast for further dry weather, the Trust is reluctantly implementing restrictions on the Macclesfield Canal from today, Monday 23 July.

The Bosley Flight (locks 1 to 12) will be restricted to the period between 8am and 2pm. Whilst this will conserve water in the short term, we expect to temporarily close the canal at Bosley on Monday 13 August. The rest of the Macclesfield Canal (below Bosley) will remain unrestricted.

It’s not clear how long the future closure will last for but it’s likely to be throughout August and potentially beyond if there are not significant and sustained periods of rainfall. While the closure will prevent through navigation of the canal by boats, the towpath will remain open for visitors and the local community to enjoy.

Please note that the Marple Flight on the Peak Forest Canal is already closed due to further movement in the lock walls at Lock 11 and will remain closed until the walls can be re-built. Additionally, we are closing off access to Bugsworth Basin, commencing on Monday 13 August.

In the meantime, boaters can help conserve water by:

    • Sharing locks where possible and making the best use of the water available.
    • Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they’ve passed through a lock.
    • Aiming for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open as they pass through.
    • Pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.

Lock 5 Diglis (Small)

ADVICE (3pm Monday 23 July 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised that the Top Gate paddles on the small lock at Diglis have failed and the lock is currently out of service.

The large lock is still operating but we are currently experiencing very low water levels along the River Severn navigation. Due to these low water levels, EA regulations request that we now share locks along the river to conserve water resources. Please ensure you navigate with caution and remain vigilant for obstructions. Report any concerns you may have to the waterway team.”

Please be advised that there may be some delays in transiting this lock.

Starts At: Lock 1
Ends At: Lock 16

 

 

Update on 22/08/2018:

Due to further movement of the chamber wall at Marple Lock 11, the lock is now too narrow for boats to fit through safely. As such, the Marple Lock Flight is unfortunately closed to navigation.

We have considered repeating the jacking operation to the lock walls to try and get a couple of additional weeks of navigation. However, we have dismissed this option as this would likely take around 2 weeks to complete and would coincide with the date the Marple and Bosley flights are closed to preserve water on the Upper Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canal sections.

We appreciate this is very frustrating for our customers and we are sorry for the inconvenience this causes. Our teams are busy planning the re-building of the lock walls and the flight will remain closed until this is complete.

The works to re-build the lock are currently anticipated to take place from November 2018 to March 2019. Given its depth and location, this is an extremely complex operation. Concrete retaining structures will be installed first on either side of the chamber, and the walls will then be carefully taken down to base level. They will then be re-built to the original alignment to reinstate suitable width to the lock, with the retaining structures behind providing the necessary ground support to prevent future movement of the reconstructed walls.

Thorough site investigation works have now been completed, including boreholes to confirm the ground conditions, trial pits to establish the location of the wall buttresses and coring of the lock walls themselves to identify their exact depth.  All of this was necessary to be able to confirm a detailed design for the repair solution, the works for which are ongoing.  Following this, the proposed repairs will have to go through a consent process with the lock being a Grade II listed structure and valued heritage asset, before the works on site will be able to commence.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (5pm Monday 23 July 2018 until further notice)

Due to further movement of the chamber wall at Marple Lock 11, the lock is now too narrow for boats to fit through safely.  As such, the Marple Lock Flight is closed to navigation.

CRT have considered repeating the jacking operation to the lock walls to try and get a couple of additional weeks of navigation. However we have dismissed this option as this would likely take around 2 weeks to complete and would coincide with the date we have decided to close the Marple and Bosley Flights to preserve water on the Upper Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canal sections.

We appreciate this is very frustrating for our customers and we are sorry for the inconvenience this causes. Our teams are busy planning to complete the re-building of the lock walls and the Flight will remain closed until this is complete. We will be able to provide an update on the proposed timescales as soon as they are available.

Bridge 2 High Level Bridge

BOOKING INFORMATION (4pm Tuesday 24 July 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised that due to the exceptional hot weather CRT are unable to take bridge bookings for the PM tides from 24/07/2018 until further notice.

Owners, Agents and Charterers should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the Masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.

Lock 1

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (2pm Tuesday 24 July 2018 until further notice)

Unfortunately, the water levels have dropped so low CRT have to close passage through Tuel Lock until further notice.

These further restrictions are trying to ensure the water levels do not drop further, as this will require us to undertake a fish rescue.

The current water situation will need to improve before we can re-open Tuel. We will provide an update as soon as this has been resolved.

Starts At: Lock 46, Hatton Top Lock
Ends At: Lock 42, Hatton Yard Lock

ADVICE (8am Friday 27 July 2018 until further notice)

CRT have received a report of a potential blue green algae bloom at the above location, please take care and keep pets out of the water.