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

Starts At: Lock No.1
Ends At: Lock No.6

Update on 10/08/2018:

Please be advised the Glasson Flight will remain closed to help conserve water on the Lancaster Canal.

Update on 06/08/2018:

The Glasson Flight will remain closed to help conserve water on the Lancaster Canal.

Update on 31/07/2018:

Please be advised the Glasson Flight will remain closed to help conserve water on the Lancaster Canal.

Update on 23/07/2018:

The Glasson Flight will remain closed to help conserve water on the Lancaster Canal.

Update on 16/07/2018:

Please be advised the Glasson Flight will remain closed to help conserve water on the Lancaster Canal.

The CRT contracts team are currently on site removing a build-up of weed in the Millness area on the Lancaster canal which is reducing the flow of water down the network. They will remain on site through the week.

Update on 09/07/2018:

To help conserve water on the Lancaster Canal, the Glasson Flight will remain closed.

Update on 06/07/2018:

Please be advised the Glasson Flight will remain closed to help conserve water on the Lancaster Canal.

Update on 02/07/2018:

Further to the notice from Friday last week, the water levels on the Lancaster Canal remain low.  To conserve as much water as possible, the Glasson Flight will be closed to navigation from 1pm today (2 July).

Contract teams will be on site through the week completing weed removal works and CRT hope this will alleviate the problem.

Update on 29/06/2018:

Low water levels on the Lancaster Canal.

To conserve water, CRT are implementing opening times on Glasson Locks.  The Glasson Flight will be open to navigation from 8am to 1pm daily.

A contract team is completing further weed removal works on Wednesday 4 July.

RESTRICTION (Monday 25 June 2018 until further notice)

Following a sustained period of warm weather, we are experiencing unexpected levels of weed growth on the feed at Tewitfield on the Lancaster Canal.  This has resulted in low water levels.  To conserve water, CRT are implementing opening times on Glasson Locks.  The Glasson Flight will be open to navigation from 9am to 3pm daily.

A contract team is completing weed removal works later this week.

Lincoln Eastern Bypass

ADVICE (Monday 25 June 2018 until Monday 30 March 2020)

Contractors (Galliford Try) are undertaking construction of a new bypass around Lincoln for the next two years.

All boat traffic should take caution when passing and abide by the contractors’ advice, this may result in delay of no longer than 15-20 minutes.

Please slow down when approaching bridge and be prepared to stop if requested.

Delays not exceeding 15-20 minutes.

Starts At: Stanley Dock Top Lock
Ends At: Leeds, Above Office Lock Winter

ADVICE (Monday 25 June 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 Leeds & Liverpool 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

Although CRT only issued the THRIFT code on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal it’s also worth remembering as good boating practice wherever you are on the network.

Please follow this link to view the water management page on our website.

Knaith Rack

ADVICE (8am Tuesday 26 June 2018 until further notice)

Boaters are advised that there is a sunken boat near Knaith Rack on the River Trent, which runs along Gainsborough Road. The boat is not blocking the navigation, but please proceed with care.

Starts At: Saltersford Small Lock
Ends At: Vale Royal Small Lock

Update on 02/07/2018:

Following on from the timings stated below which are for week days, please note that lock passage times at weekends only are half past the hour, starting from 9.30am onwards.

RESTRICTION (3pm Tuesday 26 June 2018 until further notice)

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Water resources

Original message:

As a consequence of the current dry spell and the long term forcast for dry weather, CRT are having to implement a water conservation strategy.  With this in mind there is a need to operate a times passage on the Weaver Navigation. The times of the lock passages will be as follows;

Saltersford Lock               Dutton,Hunts and Vale Royal

9am up                              9am down

10am Down                      10am Up

11am Up                           11am Down

12noon down                       12noon Up

1pm Up                              1pm Down

2pm Down                          2pm Up

3pm Up                               3pm Down

4pm Down                          4pm Up

5pm Up                               5pm Down

 

 

Starts At: Lock 85, Lock 21
Ends At: Lock 30, Holme Bridge Lock

Update on 27/07/2018:

Due to the continued drawdown of the reservoirs, the prolonged low rainfall and with the forecast for further dry weather, the Trust will be implementing temporary closures to navigation between Wigan Flight (from below lock 85) and Gargrave (from below lock 30) commencing on Monday 30 July.

The lock flights at Wigan (locks 65 to 85), Johnsons Hillocks (58 to 64), Blackburn Flight (locks 52 to 57), Barrowford Locks (45 to 51), Greenberfield Locks (42 to 44), Bank Newton Locks (36 to 41) and Gargrave (locks 35 to 30) will be padlocked closed and the gates will be ashed up to reduce leakage.  To prevent unauthorised use, measures will be taken to make the locks inoperable.

The last passage for all affected flights will be 3pm on Monday 30 July, with the exception of Barrowford Locks (45 to 51), where the last passage will commence at 2:30pm and Wigan Flight (locks 65 to 85) where the opening times will be as follows:

  • 8:30am to 9:30am to facilitate entry onto the flight
  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm to facilitate exit from the flight

It’s not clear how long the closure will last for but it’s likely to be throughout August and potentially beyond if there is no significant, sustained rainfall. 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.

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.

 

Near Boston Lock

Update on 01/08/2018:

The works for the Boston Barrier project are still on-going. .

This project is being carried out by contractors on behalf of the Environment Agency.

These works will be ongoing and will mean a steady increase in activities in this area, and we are just advising out boaters to be aware of this.

Please follow instructions from any signage and guide boats when approaching the site. Monitor VHF channel 12 at all times.

Please proceed with caution and follow any advice given on site.

For further information on these works, please contact boston.barrier@environment-agency.gov.uk

ADVICE (Monday 2 July 2018 until further notice)

The works for the Boston Barrier project have finally started.

This project is being carried out by contractors on behalf of the Environment Agency.

These works will mean a steady increase in activities in this area over the next couple of months, and we are just advising out boaters to be aware of this.

As of today, there will be a tug boat, which will be carrying a flat-topped barge (30m long and 11m beam), into the dry dock basin.

Here it will be loaded with construction material for the barrier works.

Please proceed with caution and follow any advice given on site.

For further information on these works, please contact boston.barrier@environment-agency.gov.uk

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.

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 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.

ADVICE (2pm Monday 9 July 2018 until further notice)

Please be advised that due to the heat CRT are currently experiencing occasional difficulties operating bridges along the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.

If you are travelling along the canal, please be aware that the bridges generally perform better in the morning when the temperature is cooler and so would advise that you take this into consideration whilst planning your journey.

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

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.

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.