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For Canal & River Trust: You can find all notices at
Winter stoppages 2023-2024: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/report/winter-notices.pdf
River Thames winter stoppages 2023-2024: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/river-thames-restrictions-and-closures
For Avon Navigation Trust: avonnavigationtrust.org/notices>>
For Bridgewater Canal Company: bridgewatercanal.co.uk>>
The Environment Agency’s Thames winter works between October and the end of March: www.gov.uk/river-thames-conditions-closures-restrictions-and-lock-closures.
CRT Enquiries: 03030 404040 unless indicated otherwise
Planned Stoppages Listings
Bradley and Forsters Bridge
Update on 06/12/2023:
Due to a delay in construction works the scaffolding will be in place until 15/12/23. From that date on, all works will be complete, and the scaffolding removed.
RESTRICTION (7am Monday 13 November until 6pm Monday 11 December 2023)
Third party contractors will be installing scaffolding around Bradley and Forsters Bridge to install a new high voltage cable supply.
The scaffolding will restrict the headroom over the navigation and standards will also be placed on the towpath, restricting its width.
Navigation and towpath will remain open. Signage and banksmen will be present on the canal towpath to control movements. The scaffolding over the towpath will also have flashing beacons so that it is visible at all times.
Starts At: Lock 2, New Marton Locks
Ends At: Lock 1, New Marton Locks
RESTRICTION (8am Wednesday 6 December until 4pm Wednesday 13 December 2023)
Update on 14/11/2023:
We apologise that the dates for this restriction have been revised.
We are having complications on site with land ownership, and this has resulted in the works being delayed by 3 weeks, the new dates are the 6 December 2023 through to the 13 December 2023.
RESTRICTION (8am Wednesday 15 November until 4pm Tuesday 21 November 2023)
Please be advised that third party contractors, Land and water services, will be working in this area from 15th November 2023 until 21st November 2023 to facilitate dredging works. They will be scraping out the sediment in Locks 1 and 2 to a point where there is space to load it into our hoppers. They will need to do this multiple times in order to clear as much sediment as possible.
Customers are able to navigate through this section once the dredger has moved out of the lock. They will endeavour to ensure any waiting time is kept to a minimum but please add on an estimated 1 hour extra to your journey.
Please note contractors will be operating Monday to Friday 7am – 6pm so there is free movement outside of this.
The Towpath will remain open for the duration of the works.
South of Wykin Bridge 21
RESTRICTION (8am Monday 4 December 2023 until 6pm Saturday 6 January 2024)
A revised date of the 4th – 6th of December has been agreed for the third party contractors, DK Drainage Ltd, to replace an existing blocked pipe just south of Wykin Bridge 21.
The work will involve minor excavation and replacement of existing blocked pipework with HDPE pipework and finished to fit in with existing towpath.
Pedestrians may experience delays of up to 20 minutes, in order for the contractor to stop works and escort pedestrians through site.
Boaters are asked to proceed with care and follow any advice on site.
Starts At: Bridge 85, Varley St Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 82, Old Church St Bridge
TOWPATH CLOSURE (7am Monday 4 December 2023 until 7pm Friday 1 March 2024)
Please be advised the towpath between Bridge 85, Varley St Bridge and Bridge 82, Old Church St Bridge on the Rochdale Canal will be closed to facilitate necessary towpath maintenance works. The planned works and towpath closure will be phased to minimise the impact.
A diversion route will be in place onsite.
Whilst the canal will be kept open to navigation, we politely request customers to approach the area with caution and to listen to any advice that may be given onsite.
EuNetworks Group – Canal Towpath Cable & Construction Works – Grand Union Canal – Bridge 200, Station Rd Hayes – Bridge 202, North Hyde Bridge, Southall.
ADVICE (8am Monday 11 December until 6pm Thursday 21 December 2023)
EuNetworks Group have commissioned JSM Construction to undertake a new cable installation within their underground apparatus between Bridge 200, Station Rd, Hayes & Bridge 202, North Hyde Bridge, Southall.
Construction of new apparatus will also be undertaken at numerous locations along this stretch. To facilitate towpath customers a floating pontoon will be provided and installed alongside the works for towpath customers to make a safe passage past the works on the towpath.
The towpath between Bridge 200, Station Rd, Hayes & Bridge 200A will be closed off on Wednesday 13th & 14th December and a minimal small diversion will be in place along Western View Rd. Access to moorings will always remain unrestricted at this location.
Navigation will always remain unrestricted.
Soar Lane Bridge 3, Leicester City
Update on 01/12/2023:
Third party contractors, Danaher & Walsh on behalf of Keepmoat Homes Ltd, are continuing to carry out works on Bridge 3 – Soar Lane, on the River Soar until the 22nd December.
Contractors need to remove and re-apply the paint system to the steel elements of the bridge structure which will require the installation of scaffolding and the use of a floating pontoon to enable all round access.
Approaching boats may be delayed by up to 30 minutes to allow the contractors to remove the pontoon from the navigation channel under the bridge.
The headroom for boat passage from water level to the underside of the scaffold will be 2.4m, this is lower than the bridge structure but higher than the stated headroom for the Soar navigation and the GU Leicester Line, which is less than 2.3m.
Boats should pass the works location slowly and with caution.
LOCK CLOSURE (December 2023 until 31 March 2024)
Improvements to the tail canoe portage
Bardney Lock – Visitor Moorings
ADVICE (Wednesday 1 November 2023 until further notice)
Please note that from 1st November 2023 there will be no electricity supply for visiting boats at Bardney Visitor Moorings as we will be removing the electricity bollards, which have reached the end of their working life and are beyond further repair.
However, we are pleased to share that work will take place to upgrade all the electricity bollards on visitor mooring bollards within the East Midlands region, moving them over to contactless card payment or for use with a Meter Macs account.
This upgrade includes the electricity bollards at Cromwell Lock, the Kiln and Bardney visitor moorings.
The timeframe for this project has not yet been confirmed, but we will update the website by the 30th April or as soon as we have further information.
Bridge 63 (48-inch MP Gas Main) Salmon Lane, Limehouse – Cadent Gas Pipe Full Replacement Works – Regents Canal – Towpath Closure, Navigational Night Closures & Mooring Suspension.
Starts At: Bridge 61, Parnham Street Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 64, Commercial Road Bridge (A13)
Update on 30/11/2023:
The completion date has been extended until the 18th December
Update on 16/11/2023:
Cadent Gas will be undertaking the lifting of the new Gas Pipe across the canal and into position with a crane situated on Lowell Street. Lifting operations will be undertaken on the 20th & 21st November under a navigational restriction, which will see the navigation closed for 30 minutes in any 3 hour window, Daytime restrictions only.
Bridge 193, Chisnell Lift Bridge, between Clifton and Somerton
Update on 29/11/2023:
The Trust has made the decision to merge two restrictions together. We will be extending this restriction by 9 days to include the installation of the pump which was originally planned at this location after Christmas. This restriction will now end on the 21 December 2023.
RESTRICTION (8am Monday 6 November until 4pm Friday 8 December 2023)
Please be advised that contractors will be working on site to prepare for the installation of a hydraulic pump at Chisnell Lift Bridge 193 after Christmas.
They will be working in the area from 6th November 2023 until 8th December 2023.
There may be a delay of up to 2 hours added onto your journey.
Please navigate with care and follow instruction from staff on site.
Gas pipe crossing near Chessington Crescent, Trentham
Starts At: Bridge 108 Sideway Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 106 Hem Heath Bridge
RESTRICTION (8am Thursday 30 November until 5pm Wednesday 13 December 2023)
Third party contractors working for the gas company will be refurbishing and repainting a pipe crossing over the canal and towpath via a temporary scaffold. Headroom clearances will be retained but please slow down and be prepared to stop if requested, especially during installation and removal of the scaffold. Warning signs and banksmen will be used.
The Old British Waterways Building
Starts At: Bridge 10 – Wilford Street
Ends At: Bridge 7 – Carrington St
ADVICE (Monday 27 November 2023 until Friday 29 March 2024)
Jessops Construction Ltd will be undertaking third party refurbishment works of the listed building façade on the Nottingham & Beeston canal from the 27th of November, which will last for approximately 18 weeks.
The navigation will remain open but please be advised that there will be reduction in width, to accommodate the use of a pontoon, which will be in a fixed position.
Boaters are being asked to pass with caution and at a reduced speed through the area.
Please follow advise and guidance from staff on site, if applicable.
We will continue to monitor the works being undertaken, and will update the notice on the 29th of March 2024, or sooner if more information becomes available.
Starts At: Bridge 39, Chapel house bridge
Ends At: Bridge 42, Appley Bridge
TOWPATH CLOSURE (8am Monday 27 November until 5pm Friday 22 December 2023)
Please be advised that third-party contractors will be onsite between bridge 39, Chapel House Bridge and bridge 42, Appley bridge on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
The third-party contractors will be carrying out towpath surface improvements.
For the safety of our customers the towpath will remain closed. Barriers and diversion routes will be in place.
Please take note of the signage and to listen to any advice that may be given by the third-party contractors onsite.
Scaffolding for Re-Cladding at Victoria Wharf
Bridge 55, Roman Road (B135)
ADVICE (Monday 27 November 2023 until Friday 30 August 2024)
Offside property being reclad using scaffolding. No oversail of canal.