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 Holmes Lock to Holmes Lock on Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations and Tinsley No.12 Lock to Tinsley No.12 Lock on Sheffield & Tinsley Canal

RESTRICTION (7am Wednesday 9 May 2018 until 5pm Sunday 17 June 2018)

Update on 08/05/2018:

This dredging work is taking place within the river sections between Holmes Lock and Tinsley No 12 Lock.

Original message:

Dredging work is being carried out in the vicinity of Holmes Lock.

Please slow down and approach the area with caution. There may be possible delays of up to 30 minutes whilst the lock area is in use during the dredging operations.

Lock 47, Dudswell Lock

Update on 21/05/2018:

Please be advised that CRT will be unable to take bookings for wide beam passage to travel through on Tuesday 22 May between 12 noon and 4pm due to staff being unavailable.

RESTRICTION (2.30pm Tuesday 8 May 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised that one gate at this lock is inoperable due to repairs needed to the balance beam. This gate will be locked shut.

Wide Beam boats wishing to travel through the lock must book passage.

Passage is available Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) from 8am until 4pm only and must be booked 24hrs in advance.



Water Point, Purton Suction Plant L7

ADVICE (3pm Tuesday 8 May 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised that the pump out facility at Purton is currently out of order due to a mechanical failure. The facility will be repaired and reopened as soon as possible.

In the meantime pump out facilities are available at Patch Bridge and Sharpness.

If you require any further information or assistance, please contact the Gloucester Dock office on either:


01452 318012

Lock 19, Old Ford Lock, Eastern Side

RESTRICTION (3pm Thursday 10 May until 3pm Friday 11 May 2018)

Due to the rapid spread of weed on the Lee Navigation, Old Ford Lock will be closed from 3pm 10th May to 3pm 11th May. This is to prevent the further spread of the weed going below the locks.

Operatives will be onsite tomorrow to clear the vegetation and contractors will start work for a two week clean on Monday 14 May.

Railway Bridge No 105A

RESTRICTION (3.30pm Thursday 10 May 2018 until further notice)

As a consequence of an offside bank slide the canal channel is partially blocked at Bridge 105a on the Shropshire Union Canal. Material from the offside of the channel has already been removed enabling craft to proceed with caution.  There remains a large deposit of material against the towpath wash wall restricting the depth of the canal.

Customers are advised to slow down passed the bank slip and look out for warning signs asking customers to stay to the off side bank to avoid the remainder of the slip.

CRT are transporting a waterborne excavator into the area to assist with the removal of the remaining debris.



Starts At: Lock 11 East, Library Lock
Ends At: Lock 4 East

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8.30am Monday 14 May until 5.30pm Friday 14 September 2018)

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal Towpath is being improved between Lock 4 (Milnsbridge) and Lock 11 (Manchester Road). The works are being funded by the Department for Transport Cycle City Ambition Grant (CCAG2).

The new towpath will deliver an improved surface, with better drainage due to the installation of a permeable recycled rubber surface dressing.

The towpath will be closed in phases, with maps of the immediate area placed on barrier fencing, showing users potential alternative routes.

Horbury Basin Residential Moorings L1

ADVICE (2.15pm Friday 11 May 2018 until further notice)

A pollution protection boom has been installed across the bridge entrance into Horbury Basin residential moorings.

Please be aware that this is in place when accessing and egressing the residential moorings.

If necessary, this can easily be moved out of the way by using the blue rope on the pontoon immediately as you enter the site, by passing it to someone on the bridge and pulling it across.

If moved please ensure it is put back into its original position.

Bridge 27, Horbury Basin

ADVICE (9.30am Saturday 12 May 2018 until further notice)

A vessel has sunk close to the upstream approach to Horbury Marina on the towpath side of the navigation. The sunk vessel has been marked with a reflective bollard.

Skippers of all craft should slowdown and approach with caution when passing the sunk vessel.

Starts At: Bridge 101, Malkins Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 102, Meaford Hall Farm Bridge

TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Wednesday 16 May until 5pm Wednesday 30 May 2018)

Third party contractors will need to carry out emergency repairs to the overhead power lines.

Contractors will be working on the towpath and installing temporary scaffolding.

The canal will remail open.

Boaters should approach with caution and should be prepared to stop if requested.


Starts At: Lock 19
Ends At: Lock 25

Update on 18/05/2018:

teams have been working hard to get the water levels back up between locks 19-25 on the Rochdale canal .

The navigation is now back open . We ask that you please bear with us as there will be some levels that are still low and not completely full . The team will be working the weekend to get the water levels back up.


Update on 17/05/2018:

The team are still working on raising the water levels following the act of vandalism. This is taking longer than initially anticipated. However, they have risen significantly.

Update on 16/05/2018:

Teams have been working today to recover the water levels but it’s not been possible to get the levels back to normal.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (10am Wednesday 16 May 2018 until further notice)

The Rochdale canal is currently closed  due vandalism,the paddles have been left open resulting in the pounds draining this is between lock 19-25. Teams are working to get the water levels back up.

Bridge 12, West Haddon Road Bridge

ADVICE (Monday 21 May until Tuesday 29 May 2018)

Contractors will be erecting and dismantling scaffolding to build a temporary footbridge structure over the canal for the public to gain access to the Crick Boat Show.

Boats and towpath users may be held up briefly while contractors lift-in and erect/dismantle the scaffolding.

The canal navigation and towpath will still remain open for the duration of the works.

Gloucester Docks 48 Hour – S1 Mooring

EVENT (9am Thursday 24 May until 12noon Sunday 27 May 2018)

A Bristol Channel Yachting Association Big Bash event is being held at Gloucester Docks (North Quay & Visitor Pontoons) on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal between Thursday 24th May (9am) – Sunday 27th May (12pm).

This is boating rally organised by the Bristol Channel Yachting Association.

Please be aware that moorings within the docks will be limited.

Lock 1, Stamp End Lock

Update on 24/05/2018:

The navigational lights have now been fixed at Stamp End Lock.

Dredging and bank protection, Milton Keynes, Grand Union Canal

ADVICE (Thursday 24 May 2018 until Thursday 5 July 2018)

Please note that dredging  will be carried out at various locations between Galleon Bridge (Bridge 68) and Bridge 90C (Groveway).  During these works the canal and towpath will remain fully open.  However, boaters may experience short delays up to 30 minutes, if the team are working in a bridge hole etc.  Please pass through the working area with due care.