Stoppages, Events and Notices



IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

2126Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line)Puppy Green Pipe BridgeDudley Port Junction07 January 201924 May 2019

Update on 14/01/2019:

Waterway wall repairs are being undertaken between Puppy Green Pipe Bridge and Netherton Tunnel Branch (Dudley Port Junction).   


An alternative route is available by using the Old Main Line (Wolverhampton Level) from Factory Junction through to the Gower Branch Junction and down Brades Locks back onto the New Main Line Canal at Gower Branch Turnover Bridge. 


The Netherton Tunnel Branch in unaffected and will remain fully open during the duration of these works.  It can be accessed from the New Mainline approaching from the East.


During this closure, Third Party Contractors will also be working alongside the Trust to remove the gas pipe crossing near to Puppy Green Aqueduct. These works will take advantage of the existing stoppage to ensure the impact to the navigation is minimised.

Original message:


Waterway wall repairs to be carried out under drained conditions between Puppy Green Pipe Bridge and Netherton Tunnel Branch (Dudley Port Junction).  Please be aware the end date of this closure is outside our published winter stoppage period due to the extent of the works involved.   An alternative route is available by using the Old Main Line (Wolverhampton Level) from Factory Junction through to Gower Branch Junction and down Brades Locks back onto the New Main Line Canal at Gower Branch Turnover Bridge











27 January 19 19:45:03

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

2128Gloucester and Sharpness CanalGloucester Dock LockGloucester Dock Lock14 January 201928 April 2019
Update on 18/04/2019:
Further to our update earlier this week we can confirm that work has progressed on schedule to meet the target for opening on 28 April
The team will be working over the weekend to remove 40 tonnes of silt from the lock chamber to facilitate the repair of the damaged lock cill.
Engineers will finalise the design for the repair early next week with the repair work expected to begin mid week.
Should you require any further information about this or any other matter on the Wales and South West Region please see -
or contact -
Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012
you can e-mail - enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk
In the case of an emergency please ring
Freephone Canals on 0800 4799947
Update on 17/04/2019:
Update 17/04/2019
 Further to our update earlier this week, we can now confirm we expect Gloucester Lock to re-open on 28th April.
The extent of the leak was much greater than originally anticipated when first discovered in mid-January.  Due to the challenges we have faced in draining the lock, the requirement for a bespoke steel coffer dam on the river side of the lock, which is now in place, and the difficulties we have faced with the accumulated silt, work has taken much longer and is proving more costly than could have been foreseen.  The delays to the repairs have been compounded by the regular spring tides on the river which has meant work has had to be suspended on occasions for safety reasons.
We share the disappointment of the boating community that the Lock will not be open before Easter and our sincere apologies and thanks go to everyone for their patience.
For more details please see our recent press release here - Should you require any further information about this or any other matter on the Wales and South West Region please see -
 or contact -
Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012
you can e-mail - enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk
In the case of an emergency please ring
Freephone Canals on 0800 4799947
Update on 16/04/2019:
Update 15/04/19
 There has been a lot of activity from the team over the last week, and since our last update. 
We have finished installing the dam, successfully completed the fish rescue and are now working on getting the lock dry enough to work on the lock cill.
 Unfortunately there is a much higher level of silt in the lock, which is proving difficult to work in and we now need to work on removing the silt before we can fully insect and repair the cill. 
Because of these unexpected issues work on repairing the cill have not progressed as quickly as we had originally planned however the team is continuing to work hard to get the lock open as soon as possible. 
We appreciate that the closure of the Lock remains inconvenient for all of our customers and thank everyone for their patience. 
Should you require any further information about this or any other matter on the Wales and South West Region please see -
 or contact -
Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012
 Or you can e-mail - enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk
In the case of an emergency please ring
Freephone Canals on 0800 4799947
 
Update on 08/04/2019:
Update 08/04/2019
18 April 19 16:00:05

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

2572Lancaster Canal (Main Line)Bells Bridge No 68Bells Bridge No 6813 March 201913 March 2020

Unfortunately, we have had to close the canal at Bells Bridge, Bridge 68 on the Lancaster canal, which has been damaged today by a vehicle.


Following, initial inspection to the bridge by our engineers, it’s apparent that several masonry blocks have been dislodged which are hanging over the canal and towpath.


Our teams are sourcing equipment to remove the dislodged masonry blocks from the bridge to make it safe for our customer.


We will provide a further update tomorrow afternoon with details of when we plan to re-open the canal and towpath.


 










13 March 19 19:03:08

2580Lancaster Canal (Main Line)Bells Bridge No 68Bells Bridge No 6813 March 201913 March 2020

Update on 14/03/2019:

After further investigations, scaffolding is needed to secure the masonry back in to place. Scaffolding will be installed tomorrow and our team will facilitate the repair.


The towpath has been made secure and is re-open to the public.


A further update will be issued tomorrow.

Unfortunately, we have had to close the canal at Bells Bridge, Bridge 68 on the Lancaster canal, which has been damaged today by a vehicle.


Following, initial inspection to the bridge by our engineers, it’s apparent that several masonry blocks have been dislodged which are hanging over the canal and towpath.


Our teams are sourcing equipment to remove the dislodged masonry blocks from the bridge to make it safe for our customer.


We will provide a further update tomorrow afternoon with details of when we plan to re-open the canal and towpath.


 










14 March 19 19:11:44

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

1683Lancaster Canal (Northern Reaches - in water)Stainton Bridge End Bridge No 170Stainton Crossing Bridge No 17207 January 201901 March 2022The Canal & River Trust charity and Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership (LCRP) have been awarded a £1.3million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to secure the future of Grade II-listed Stainton Aqueduct on the Lancaster Canal, near Sedgwick, in Cumbria.

The grant will fund repairs to Stainton Aqueduct, which was badly damaged during storms Desmond and Eva in December 2015. Contractors will start work next week and the repair project is likely to take around nine months.

The grant will also help to develop other key sites along the Lancaster Canal, such as Hincaster Tunnel and Sedgewick Aqueduct, and promote new leisure, educational and volunteering opportunities along the waterway, as part of the Partnership’s Lancaster Canal Towpath Trail project.

The total cost of the restoration, interpretation and community projects is £2.2 million. This new grant, made possible thanks to National Lottery players, is supplemented by secured funding of £500,000 from the Rural Development Programme for England’s Cumbria Countryside Access Fund, £140,000 from South Lakeland District Council and smaller grants from Cumbria County Council and Kendal Town Council, which supports the Towpath Trail project. The Canal & River Trust will provide the remainder of the match funding, c£200,000

In August last year, HLF gave an initial development grant of £41,000 to scope out the project so the repairs and wider heritage regeneration activity could begin as soon as the funding green light was given.

A new project officer will now be appointed for two years by the Canal & River Trust to lead the community, tourism and interpretation aspects of the initiative. Students from Kendal College and members of the local community will be invited to join in a range of activities from recording local history memories to learning traditional dry stone walling techniques. The plan is to produce two new trails, as well as wind-up audio canal character sculptures and sound and light shows deep inside Hincaster Tunnel.

Stephen Higham, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Lancaster Canal celebrates its bicentenary in 2019 so this is a perfect time to work with the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership to help realise our joint aspirations for wider heritage and regeneration activity.

“Securing the future of the 200-year-old aqueduct is vitally important for the future prosperity of the Lancaster Canal and we are delighted the HLF grant means we can now get on with the essential restoration and repair work.”

Audrey Smith, Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership chair, added: “The canal has great untapped potential as a regional visitor and tourism destination. We look forward to continuing to work with the Canal & River Trust as we breathe new life into this waterway through the Lancaster Canal Towpath Trail project.”

The Grade ll- listed Stainton Aqueduct was built in 1819 and carries the Lancaster Canal, cared for by the Canal & River Trust, over Stainton Beck. Prior to the damage caused during extreme rainfall in the December 2015 storms, the aqueduct was in good condition. Emergency stabilisation works costing £250,000 were completed onsite by the Canal & River Trust in early 2016. However, these were not sufficient to open up the public right of way through the aqueduct tunnel or to enable navigation over the aqueduct (principally used by a trip boat operated by the Lancaster Canal Trust).

To find out more about volunteering or donating with the Canal & River Trust, please visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk or to get involved with the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership,
22 October 18 17:37:38

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

1295Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Manchester Road Bridge No 130BFinsley Gate Bridge No 130E12 November 201823 May 2019
Update on 04/04/2019:
Further to our previous update, the silt removal from the lagoon storage area has now begun and will continue while other works are undertaken.   Our contractors have started the canal relining and this is progressing well.  The construction of the new towpath concrete retaining wall is continuing with 12 of the 14 bays originally planned now complete. 
Unfortunately, however, there have been additional problems with repairing the existing offside and towpath walls as some more sections have collapsed.  This has caused further delays and we have taken the difficult decision to delay the re-opening of the navigation until 23rd May.  
We are working very closely with our contractor partners and will do everything we can to complete the works sooner if possible.
Update on 01/03/2019:
Further to our earlier updates, we are very sorry to report we will be unable to complete the repairs at Finsley Gate within the timescale previously advertised.   
Following the dewatering of the navigation, it was discovered the amount of silt along the length of the affected area was far greater than originally anticipated.  In addition, once the navigation was drained, the silt was tested and found to be contaminated.  When silt is contaminated, special measures have to be taken to remove it from site and to dispose of it safely.  These two factors have caused significant delays to the project.
Moreover, when the navigation was dewatered, it was found the retaining wall was in a much worse condition than initially expected.  This, too, has resulted in additional works.
Please be assured our contractors are doing everything they can to complete this project as soon as possible.  However, we will not be in a position to re-open the navigation until 8 May 2019.   We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.
Update on 15/10/2018:
Please note the start date for this closure has been put back by one week until 12th November. 
This is to keep the navigation open for an additional week following the restrictions imposed during the summer due to the drought.  Our contractors will be completing their site set-up in the week before the stoppage, so please take care while travelling through the area.
Please note that the towpath will still be closed from 5th November, as originally planned.
 
Update on 03/09/2018:
The length from Manchester Road Bridge 130B to Bridge 130E will be dewatered to allow for canal relining works, work to the towpath retaining wall and offside soft bank protection. 
04 April 19 12:00:02

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

2340Peak Forest Canal (Lower)Marple Top Lock No 16Marple Bottom Lock No 123 July 201824 May 2019Update on 06/02/2019:
Unfortunately, whilst the works at Marple Lock 11 have been progressing steadily throughout the winter so far, they are a few weeks behind our original intended schedule. 

It is now planned to re-open the canal to boats by close of play on Friday 24th May 2019. Delays have been encountered in the piling phase of the works, with the augering of the ground and reinforced concrete pile installation behind the existing lock walls proving slower than expected, as well as having to address some design changes due to site constraints. However, the piling is now complete, ensuring the ground is stable so that the failed lock walls can be carefully dismantled. 

Given the progression of the works to date, at this stage we now have more certainty regarding the expected duration of the next phase; take-down of both lock walls, followed by their re-building back to the correct alignment. This is complex and time consuming, as the walls are being re-constructed like-for-like, in order to comply with heritage requirements.  Lock 11 is a Grade II Listed structure.

We apologise for this ongoing closure, and are pushing forward to complete the re-construction of the lock as soon as possible.

 
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.

06 February 19 19:11:03

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

2251River Weaver (main line)Saltersford Locks No 3Saltersford Locks No 302 January 201917 May 2019
Update on 01/04/2019:
Unfortunately the works at Saltersford Lock have encountered further delays since our last update, but we have now found a solution to the issues preventing a seal on the downstream stop planks. The lock has now been pumped down allowing us to fully inspect the structure and commence the repairs urgently needed to the cill and gates. We apologise that our revised date for re-opening the navigation to customers has been pushed out to 17th May 2019.
Dewatering the lock has been a huge challenge for our operatives, requiring installation of 9 separate large blanking plates, 6 props across the lock chamber, top and bottom stop planks and repairs to a damaged downstream cill, all of which have been done underwater by divers to facilitate pumping the water out. Having reached this stage of the project, we need to be able to take this opportunity to return the lock to an operable condition. The scale of problems we have experienced have been unforeseen, but nonetheless reflect the complexity of dewatering a large river lock of deteriorated condition.
We apologise for this ongoing closure, and thank customers for their continuing patience with us.  
 
Update on 06/03/2019:
Unfortunately the works at Saltersford Lock have encountered unforeseen problems with its structural condition during the dewatering phase. This has resulted in a delay to the project, and the earliest date when we hope to be able to re-open the navigation to customers is now by close of play on 18th April 2019.
01 April 19 14:00:02

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

2760Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Norton to Gayton)Buckby Lock No 8Buckby Lock No 1106 May 201906 May 2020After a relatively dry winter, following on fromlast year’s exceptionally dry summer – one of the hottest and driest on record– reservoirs feeding some parts of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals have not refilled as quickly as would normally be expected.


Recent heavy storms have not been able to compensate for a continued period of below average rainfall that goes back to June 2018 and that has meant some reservoirs in this area have not refilled as we would normally expect. For example Naseby Reservoir, our largest reservoir serving this part of the canal network, started the season around 60% full.


In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.


From the 6th May, lock opening hours will be:
9am to 5pm
[last entry on the flight 4.pm]




We will continue to monitor our reservoir storage and canal opening hours with a view to keeping disruption to a minimum whilst balancing a need to save water.


Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.  


For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating


In the days preceding, during (25th to 27th May) and following Crick Boat Show opening hours will be relaxed to allow boat traffic to navigate to and from the event with minimal disruption.





 

08 April 19 19:34:32

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

1084Grand Union Canal (Hertford Union Canal)Hertford Union Top Lock No 1Hertford Union Top Lock No 110 August 201810 August 2019Following the long period of dry hot weather there are continued low flows of water from the river tributaries that feed the Grand Union Canal, including the Paddington Arm. This is also the only supply of water for the Regent’s Canal through Hampstead Rd Locks in Camden and this is having a direct impact on the water levels on this long stretch of water (The Paddington Arm). Whenever water is passed through Camden to feed the Regent’s the level drops. Due to these constant low levels we have had to take the difficult decision to put in place temporary overnight lock closures in key locations to preserve water.

The following locks will be closed from Friday 10 August 2018 between 21:00pm - 07:00am  every night.  

 •            Grand Union - Lock 90 Top Lock only.

•             Regent’s - Hampstead Rd Lock both locks

•             Regent’s – Acton’s Lock top gates

•             Regent’s – Old Ford Lock – top gates

•             Regent’s – Mile End Lock -top gates

•             Hertford Union – Lock 1 – top gates

We are monitoring the situation constantly and will look at reopening the locks as soon as practically possible please be patient during this unprecedented time and contact us on 0303 040 4040 for local updates and further information.

You can report any environmental incidents including fish in distress or very low river flows and reservoir levels to our customer service number 0303 040 4040 or 0800 47 999 47 or use the Environment Agency incident hotline 0800 80 70 60 (Freephone, 24-Hours).

You can view the Grand Union - Lock 90 Top Lock notice and its online map here:

You can view the Regents Canal notice and its online map here:

 

08 August 18 20:31:01

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

2744Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Old Grand Union)Watford Bottom Lock No 1Watford Top Lock No 701 April 201901 September 2019

Watford Locks will be open from 8:00am until 7:00pm each day from 1st April until 1st September. Please be aware that the last assisted boat will be allowed to enter the lock flight at 6:15pm.


Please ensure you have booked in with the Lock Keeper before you enter the flight. The Lock Keeper will either be on the lock flight, or in the Top Lock Keepers Hut.


If you enter the flight without booking in, you may be required to back out, as other boats may be working the flight already.



From the 6th May, lock opening hours will be:


9am to 5pm


We will continue to monitor our reservoir storage and canal opening hours with a view to keeping disruption to a minimum whilst balancing a need to save water.


In the days preceding, during (25th to 27th May) and following Crick Boat Show opening hours will be relaxed to allow boat traffic to navigate to and from the event with minimal disruption.



08 April 19 19:32:06

2759Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Old Grand Union)Inclined Plane Upper Access Arm JunctionFoxton Junction06 May 201906 May 2020After a relatively dry winter, following on from last year’s exceptionally dry summer – one of the hottest and driest on record – reservoirs feeding some parts of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals have not refilled as quickly as would normally be expected.


Recent heavy storms have not been able to compensate for a continued period of below average rainfall that goes back to June 2018 and that has meant some reservoirs in this area have not refilled as we would normally expect. For example Naseby Reservoir, our largest reservoir serving this part of the canal network, started the season around 60% full.


In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.


From the 6th May, lock opening hours will be:
9am to 5pm
[last entry on the flight 4.15pm]


We will continue to monitor our reservoir storage and canal opening hours with a view to keeping disruption to a minimum whilst balancing a need to save water.


Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.  


For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating


In the days preceding, during (25th to 27th May) and following Crick Boat Show opening hours will be relaxed to allow boat traffic to navigate to and from the event with minimal disruption.


 

08 April 19 19:37:58

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

1731Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan)Ell Meadow Lock No 89Wigan Junction30 October 201830 October 2019

In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, as of Tuesday 30 October we will be implementing overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area.


Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Lock 1, Poolstock Lock on the Leigh Branch will be opened at 8am and locked at 4pm daily.


The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times.


These restrictions will be in place until further notice.










29 October 18 19:29:26

2045Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan)Ell Meadow Lock No 89Pagefield Lock No 8830 October 201830 October 2019

Update on 19/12/2018:

In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, we will continue to implement overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area.


Padlocks will be placed on Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) and Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and will be opened at 8am and locked at 3pm daily.


The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times.


These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, as of Tuesday 30 October we will be implementing overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area.


Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Lock 1, Poolstock Lock on the Leigh Branch will be opened at 8am and locked at 4pm daily.


The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times.


These restrictions will be in place until further notice.










19 December 18 13:03:21

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

2053Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Blackburn Top Lock No 52Blackburn Bottom Lock No 5720 December 201820 December 2019Update on 07/01/2019:
Please be advised further investigations need to be carried out, whilst the investigations are taking place, the below restrictions will remain.

Blackburn Lock flight (Lock 57, Bottom Lock to Lock 52, Top Lock) will be opened at 10am to 3pm, with last passage at 2pm, daily.
10 April 19 21:05:12

2086Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Blackburn Top Lock No 52Blackburn Bottom Lock No 5720 December 201820 December 2019
Update on 07/01/2019:
Please be advised further investigations need to be carried out, whilst the investigations are taking place, the below restrictions will remain.
An update will be provided once the investigations have been completed.
Update on 02/01/2019:
Please be advised this restriction will remain in place whilst we continue to oversee passages on the Blackburn Flight.
A further update will be issued Monday 7 January.
 
Update on 21/12/2018:
Please be advised the local team have successfully facilitated a repair to Top Lock, Blackburn after the recent act of severe vandalism. In order to avoid potential further damage and flooding over the festive season, starting Saturday 22 December, we will be implementing the following restriction;
07 January 19 18:00:01

2569Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Five Rise Locks Swing Bridge No 200Kirkstall Lock No 716 March 201931 October 2019

Through the 2019 summer season, our customer operations team will be on site to offer assisted passage through Bingley Three & Five Rises and Kirkstall to Newlay Locks


To help us manage boats and water resources efficiently. we are asking customers to plan their passages using the following information.


Passages down through Bingley Five and Three Rise Locks as well as Newlay, Forge and Kirkstall Locks in the morning between 08:00am - 12.00pm (last entry).


Passages up through these locks in the afternoon from 1.00pm with last entry into Bingley Three Rise and Kirkstall Locks at 4:00pm.


As from the 1st October, the last entry through these locks will be 3:00pm due to the reduced daylight hours.


 


 










13 March 19 19:03:38

2831Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Five Rise Locks Swing Bridge No 200Bingley 3 Rise Staircase Locks Nos 22 to 2419 April 201931 October 2019Following a further review and consultation, we have revised our operating procedure for Bingley Five and Three Rise as follows:

Morning

Passages down the lock flights between 08:00-10:00, last entry at 09:00.

Passages up the lock flights between 10:00-12:00, last entry at 11:00.

 Afternoon

Passages down the lock flight between 13:00-15:00, last entry at 14:00.

Passages up the lock flight between 15:00-17:00, last entry at 16:00.

 

18 April 19 13:21:12

2839Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Barrowford Bottom Lock No 51Holme Bridge Lock No 3029 April 201929 April 2020

Due to the low rainfall which has resulted in the drawdown of the reservoirs, and with the forecast set for dry weather, the Trust will be implementing temporary restrictions to navigation between Barrowford Locks (45 to 51) and Gargrave (from below lock 30) effective Monday 29 April.



Barrowford Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm
Greenberfield Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 6pm, last entry 5pm
Bank Newton Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 6pm, last entry 5pm
Gargrave Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 6pm, last entry 5pm.

It’s not clear how long the restrictions will be in place, however if there is no significant, sustained rainfall it is likely further restrictions will be implemented. While the restrictions will restrict the use of the 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.









18 April 19 19:52:26

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

2134River Trent (non-tidal section)Cromwell Lock No 11Cromwell Lock No 1101 November 201801 November 2019

TIDAL LOCK OPERATION IN THE EAST MIDLANDS


Two of our tidal locks (Cromwell and Torksey) have the same core hours, which are: 7:00am to 9:00pm in Summer (the earlier of Good Friday or 1st April to 30th September) and 8:00am to 4:00pm in Winter.


Cromwell will operate at all times within these core hours in summer and for 6 hours in winter except at weekends when it will be operated for 8 hours.  


Torksey will operate with the tides and shift patterns will be arranged accordingly to suit these, within the core hours. Typical shifts will be 6 hours in winter and 8 hours in summer. Occasionally we will operate Torksey slightly before 8am or slightly after 4pm in winter if there is a suitable tide and this will be recognised in shift patterns.


Any passage required outside of these hours should be booked at least 5 working days in advance through the office at Newark (0303 040 4040) and is subject to staff availability.


During winter Boston is managed by a booking system, and we ask for 5 working days’ notice, to allow for us to arrange for a lock keeper to be on site and is subject to availability.  Bookings can be arranged by ringing 0303 040 4040 and asking for the Newark Admin Team.  During the Summer, Boston Lock will operate for a maximum of 5 hours on any day, as passage is limited to specific windows of opportunity.  The actual hours of operation each day will be designed to maximise the opportunity to use the lock.


In an emergency, the out of hours call out number 0800 47 999 47 is available.


Actual shift patterns are published at the locks and on the notices section of our website.










15 January 19 18:41:06

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

1707River Witham (Boston to the Wash)Boston Grand Sluice Lock No 3Boston Grand Sluice Lock No 301 May 201931 May 2019
 




Boston Grand Sluice   Lock


 

16 April 19 14:00:03

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

2547Rochdale CanalTuel Lane Lock No 3Tuel Lane Lock No 315 March 201904 November 2019

Friday 15th March to Monday 4th November 2019


A Canal & River Trust lock keeper is present on the following days:


Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday of each week between the dates above (No booking required).  On these days the operating times for Tuel lock are first boat entry at 8.30am with last passage at 4.00pm.


Tuel Lock (Lock 3), Sowerby Bridge is operated by a Canal & River Trust lock keeper. Please follow the local signage and the lock keeper’s instructions.


Do not enter the tunnel (below lock 3) whilst boats are in lock 3.


Locks 1 and 3 will be padlocked outside of the normal entry hours specified above.


A booking system is in operation for passage on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during this period.  Bookings should be made by calling our Yorkshire & North East  office on 03030 404040 during office hours, giving 24 hours’ notice of your booking. On these days passage is between 8.30am with last boat passage at 4.00pm.


No permanent lock keeper will be present from Monday 4th November 2019 until Friday 13th March 2020. Bookings should be made by calling our Yorkshire & North East office on 03030 404040 during office hours, giving 48 hours’ notice of your booking. Please note no passage is possible between Friday 20th December 2019 and Wednesday 1st January 2020.










11 March 19 19:57:13

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

1671Lee and Stort Navigation - Bow Back Rivers (Prescott Channel)Three Mills LockThree Mills Lock16 October 201730 April 201901/10/2018 @ 10:52

Works continue through until further notice. Further extensive works now have been identified, resulting from the inspection, as necessary for completion prior to reopening this lock.

Please check back for further updates.
09 Apr 19 19:12:46

324Bridgwater and Taunton CanalMarsh Lane Swing Bridge No 9Marsh Lane Swing Bridge No 908 May 201808 May 2019

Update on 02/05/2018:

Please note the following correction to our contact numbers to arrange booking of Bridge 9:


Canal and River Trust


Mobile 07887 545369 or Mobile 07483 930514

During the construction of a new bridge crossing adjacent to Crossways Swing Bridge, which is under the control of Taunton Highways, the operation of the swing bridge will be restricted to an advance booking system from Monday to Friday.


Normal operation will be available over the weekend.


Advance booking of the bridge will require 48-hours notice. To arrange your booking please contact Canal & River Trust:


Mobile 078877545369 or 0748393514


Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We will endeavour to keep the disruption to a minimum.

28 Jul 18 11:19:39

1674Monmouthshire and Brecon CanalSolomon’s Bridge No 47Solomon’s Bridge No 4721 June 201821 June 201931/07/2018 @ 09:56

Please note that's this is on Torfaen Councils section of canal and not the canal and River Trusts.

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

enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk or 03030 404040
17 Jan 19 19:57:36

2340Peak Forest Canal (Lower)Marple Top Lock No 16Marple Bottom Lock No 123 July 201824 May 2019Update on 06/02/2019:
Unfortunately, whilst the works at Marple Lock 11 have been progressing steadily throughout the winter so far, they are a few weeks behind our original intended schedule. 

It is now planned to re-open the canal to boats by close of play on Friday 24th May 2019. Delays have been encountered in the piling phase of the works, with the augering of the ground and reinforced concrete pile installation behind the existing lock walls proving slower than expected, as well as having to address some design changes due to site constraints. However, the piling is now complete, ensuring the ground is stable so that the failed lock walls can be carefully dismantled. 

Given the progression of the works to date, at this stage we now have more certainty regarding the expected duration of the next phase; take-down of both lock walls, followed by their re-building back to the correct alignment. This is complex and time consuming, as the walls are being re-constructed like-for-like, in order to comply with heritage requirements.  Lock 11 is a Grade II Listed structure.

We apologise for this ongoing closure, and are pushing forward to complete the re-construction of the lock as soon as possible.

 
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.

06 Feb 19 19:11:03

1295Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Manchester Road Bridge No 130BFinsley Gate Bridge No 130E12 November 201823 May 2019
Update on 04/04/2019:
Further to our previous update, the silt removal from the lagoon storage area has now begun and will continue while other works are undertaken.   Our contractors have started the canal relining and this is progressing well.  The construction of the new towpath concrete retaining wall is continuing with 12 of the 14 bays originally planned now complete. 
Unfortunately, however, there have been additional problems with repairing the existing offside and towpath walls as some more sections have collapsed.  This has caused further delays and we have taken the difficult decision to delay the re-opening of the navigation until 23rd May.  
We are working very closely with our contractor partners and will do everything we can to complete the works sooner if possible.
Update on 01/03/2019:
Further to our earlier updates, we are very sorry to report we will be unable to complete the repairs at Finsley Gate within the timescale previously advertised.   
Following the dewatering of the navigation, it was discovered the amount of silt along the length of the affected area was far greater than originally anticipated.  In addition, once the navigation was drained, the silt was tested and found to be contaminated.  When silt is contaminated, special measures have to be taken to remove it from site and to dispose of it safely.  These two factors have caused significant delays to the project.
Moreover, when the navigation was dewatered, it was found the retaining wall was in a much worse condition than initially expected.  This, too, has resulted in additional works.
Please be assured our contractors are doing everything they can to complete this project as soon as possible.  However, we will not be in a position to re-open the navigation until 8 May 2019.   We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.
Update on 15/10/2018:
Please note the start date for this closure has been put back by one week until 12th November. 
This is to keep the navigation open for an additional week following the restrictions imposed during the summer due to the drought.  Our contractors will be completing their site set-up in the week before the stoppage, so please take care while travelling through the area.
Please note that the towpath will still be closed from 5th November, as originally planned.
 
Update on 03/09/2018:
The length from Manchester Road Bridge 130B to Bridge 130E will be dewatered to allow for canal relining works, work to the towpath retaining wall and offside soft bank protection. 
04 Apr 19 12:00:02

1964River Severn (main river - Worcester to Gloucester)Worcester Southern Link Road BridgeWorcester Southern Link Road Bridge06 December 201806 December 2019

Please be advised that the buoys at Carrington Road Bridge are no longer in position. We are currently working on a resolution and hope to have them back in place as soon as possible.


In the meantime please be vigilant for the missing buoys and avoid the shallows. When navigating this area, please ensure you follow the below guidance:


When travelling North (upstream) between the top of the SMYC pontoon and the A4440 Road Bridge, boats should keep left of the centre of the River to stay in the deep water channel.


When travelling South (downstream) between A4440 Road Bridge and the top of the SMYC pontoon, boats should keep right of the centre of the River to stay in the deep water channel.


For further information or advice, please contact the Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or at enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk.


Thank you.










07 Dec 18 19:48:56

2251River Weaver (main line)Saltersford Locks No 3Saltersford Locks No 302 January 201917 May 2019
Update on 01/04/2019:
Unfortunately the works at Saltersford Lock have encountered further delays since our last update, but we have now found a solution to the issues preventing a seal on the downstream stop planks. The lock has now been pumped down allowing us to fully inspect the structure and commence the repairs urgently needed to the cill and gates. We apologise that our revised date for re-opening the navigation to customers has been pushed out to 17th May 2019.
Dewatering the lock has been a huge challenge for our operatives, requiring installation of 9 separate large blanking plates, 6 props across the lock chamber, top and bottom stop planks and repairs to a damaged downstream cill, all of which have been done underwater by divers to facilitate pumping the water out. Having reached this stage of the project, we need to be able to take this opportunity to return the lock to an operable condition. The scale of problems we have experienced have been unforeseen, but nonetheless reflect the complexity of dewatering a large river lock of deteriorated condition.
We apologise for this ongoing closure, and thank customers for their continuing patience with us.  
 
Update on 06/03/2019:
Unfortunately the works at Saltersford Lock have encountered unforeseen problems with its structural condition during the dewatering phase. This has resulted in a delay to the project, and the earliest date when we hope to be able to re-open the navigation to customers is now by close of play on 18th April 2019.
01 Apr 19 14:00:02

2126Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line)Puppy Green Pipe BridgeDudley Port Junction07 January 201924 May 2019

Update on 14/01/2019:

Waterway wall repairs are being undertaken between Puppy Green Pipe Bridge and Netherton Tunnel Branch (Dudley Port Junction).   


An alternative route is available by using the Old Main Line (Wolverhampton Level) from Factory Junction through to the Gower Branch Junction and down Brades Locks back onto the New Main Line Canal at Gower Branch Turnover Bridge. 


The Netherton Tunnel Branch in unaffected and will remain fully open during the duration of these works.  It can be accessed from the New Mainline approaching from the East.


During this closure, Third Party Contractors will also be working alongside the Trust to remove the gas pipe crossing near to Puppy Green Aqueduct. These works will take advantage of the existing stoppage to ensure the impact to the navigation is minimised.

Original message:


Waterway wall repairs to be carried out under drained conditions between Puppy Green Pipe Bridge and Netherton Tunnel Branch (Dudley Port Junction).  Please be aware the end date of this closure is outside our published winter stoppage period due to the extent of the works involved.   An alternative route is available by using the Old Main Line (Wolverhampton Level) from Factory Junction through to Gower Branch Junction and down Brades Locks back onto the New Main Line Canal at Gower Branch Turnover Bridge











27 Jan 19 19:45:03

1683Lancaster Canal (Northern Reaches - in water)Stainton Bridge End Bridge No 170Stainton Crossing Bridge No 17207 January 201901 March 2022The Canal & River Trust charity and Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership (LCRP) have been awarded a £1.3million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to secure the future of Grade II-listed Stainton Aqueduct on the Lancaster Canal, near Sedgwick, in Cumbria.

The grant will fund repairs to Stainton Aqueduct, which was badly damaged during storms Desmond and Eva in December 2015. Contractors will start work next week and the repair project is likely to take around nine months.

The grant will also help to develop other key sites along the Lancaster Canal, such as Hincaster Tunnel and Sedgewick Aqueduct, and promote new leisure, educational and volunteering opportunities along the waterway, as part of the Partnership’s Lancaster Canal Towpath Trail project.

The total cost of the restoration, interpretation and community projects is £2.2 million. This new grant, made possible thanks to National Lottery players, is supplemented by secured funding of £500,000 from the Rural Development Programme for England’s Cumbria Countryside Access Fund, £140,000 from South Lakeland District Council and smaller grants from Cumbria County Council and Kendal Town Council, which supports the Towpath Trail project. The Canal & River Trust will provide the remainder of the match funding, c£200,000

In August last year, HLF gave an initial development grant of £41,000 to scope out the project so the repairs and wider heritage regeneration activity could begin as soon as the funding green light was given.

A new project officer will now be appointed for two years by the Canal & River Trust to lead the community, tourism and interpretation aspects of the initiative. Students from Kendal College and members of the local community will be invited to join in a range of activities from recording local history memories to learning traditional dry stone walling techniques. The plan is to produce two new trails, as well as wind-up audio canal character sculptures and sound and light shows deep inside Hincaster Tunnel.

Stephen Higham, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Lancaster Canal celebrates its bicentenary in 2019 so this is a perfect time to work with the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership to help realise our joint aspirations for wider heritage and regeneration activity.

“Securing the future of the 200-year-old aqueduct is vitally important for the future prosperity of the Lancaster Canal and we are delighted the HLF grant means we can now get on with the essential restoration and repair work.”

Audrey Smith, Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership chair, added: “The canal has great untapped potential as a regional visitor and tourism destination. We look forward to continuing to work with the Canal & River Trust as we breathe new life into this waterway through the Lancaster Canal Towpath Trail project.”

The Grade ll- listed Stainton Aqueduct was built in 1819 and carries the Lancaster Canal, cared for by the Canal & River Trust, over Stainton Beck. Prior to the damage caused during extreme rainfall in the December 2015 storms, the aqueduct was in good condition. Emergency stabilisation works costing £250,000 were completed onsite by the Canal & River Trust in early 2016. However, these were not sufficient to open up the public right of way through the aqueduct tunnel or to enable navigation over the aqueduct (principally used by a trip boat operated by the Lancaster Canal Trust).

To find out more about volunteering or donating with the Canal & River Trust, please visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk or to get involved with the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership,
22 Oct 18 17:37:38

2128Gloucester and Sharpness CanalGloucester Dock LockGloucester Dock Lock14 January 201928 April 2019
Update on 18/04/2019:
Further to our update earlier this week we can confirm that work has progressed on schedule to meet the target for opening on 28 April
The team will be working over the weekend to remove 40 tonnes of silt from the lock chamber to facilitate the repair of the damaged lock cill.
Engineers will finalise the design for the repair early next week with the repair work expected to begin mid week.
Should you require any further information about this or any other matter on the Wales and South West Region please see -
or contact -
Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012
you can e-mail - enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk
In the case of an emergency please ring
Freephone Canals on 0800 4799947
Update on 17/04/2019:
Update 17/04/2019
 Further to our update earlier this week, we can now confirm we expect Gloucester Lock to re-open on 28th April.
The extent of the leak was much greater than originally anticipated when first discovered in mid-January.  Due to the challenges we have faced in draining the lock, the requirement for a bespoke steel coffer dam on the river side of the lock, which is now in place, and the difficulties we have faced with the accumulated silt, work has taken much longer and is proving more costly than could have been foreseen.  The delays to the repairs have been compounded by the regular spring tides on the river which has meant work has had to be suspended on occasions for safety reasons.
We share the disappointment of the boating community that the Lock will not be open before Easter and our sincere apologies and thanks go to everyone for their patience.
For more details please see our recent press release here - Should you require any further information about this or any other matter on the Wales and South West Region please see -
 or contact -
Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012
you can e-mail - enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk
In the case of an emergency please ring
Freephone Canals on 0800 4799947
Update on 16/04/2019:
Update 15/04/19
 There has been a lot of activity from the team over the last week, and since our last update. 
We have finished installing the dam, successfully completed the fish rescue and are now working on getting the lock dry enough to work on the lock cill.
 Unfortunately there is a much higher level of silt in the lock, which is proving difficult to work in and we now need to work on removing the silt before we can fully insect and repair the cill. 
Because of these unexpected issues work on repairing the cill have not progressed as quickly as we had originally planned however the team is continuing to work hard to get the lock open as soon as possible. 
We appreciate that the closure of the Lock remains inconvenient for all of our customers and thank everyone for their patience. 
Should you require any further information about this or any other matter on the Wales and South West Region please see -
 or contact -
Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012
 Or you can e-mail - enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk
In the case of an emergency please ring
Freephone Canals on 0800 4799947
 
Update on 08/04/2019:
Update 08/04/2019
18 Apr 19 16:00:05

2137Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation (Main Line)Sir Frank Price Lock No 5Sir Frank Price Lock No 515 January 201915 January 2020
Update on 16/01/2019:
The lock is now open, but only one of the upstream sluices is operational.
As a result, filling the lock will take longer than usual.
A crane boat is required and these works will take place after the completion of Kilnhurst stoppage.
 
The hydraulic pipe is broken on the top sluice therefore passage through the lock is currently not possible.
16 Jan 19 11:00:02

2498Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal (Main Line: Stourport to Stourton)Wolverley Lock No 8Wolverley Lock No 801 March 201901 March 2020
Update on 03/04/2019:
For the most part the cutting has remained stable so we are increasing the opening hours to run from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm each day.  Boats will pass through unsupervised, but staff will periodically check the cutting to ensure it remains stable and safe to navigate.
Could we ask boats to kindly slow right down to tickover speed through the slipped section.
This will take effect from 9am on 4th April.
 
Update on 14/03/2019:
Our contractors have managed to dredge a narrow route through the slippage that will allow boats to pass through under supervision. Further works to stabilise the embankment will be undertaken by Severn Trent & Worcestershire County Council in the near future.
03 Apr 19 14:00:03

2572Lancaster Canal (Main Line)Bells Bridge No 68Bells Bridge No 6813 March 201913 March 2020

Unfortunately, we have had to close the canal at Bells Bridge, Bridge 68 on the Lancaster canal, which has been damaged today by a vehicle.


Following, initial inspection to the bridge by our engineers, it’s apparent that several masonry blocks have been dislodged which are hanging over the canal and towpath.


Our teams are sourcing equipment to remove the dislodged masonry blocks from the bridge to make it safe for our customer.


We will provide a further update tomorrow afternoon with details of when we plan to re-open the canal and towpath.


 










13 Mar 19 19:03:08

2580Lancaster Canal (Main Line)Bells Bridge No 68Bells Bridge No 6813 March 201913 March 2020

Update on 14/03/2019:

After further investigations, scaffolding is needed to secure the masonry back in to place. Scaffolding will be installed tomorrow and our team will facilitate the repair.


The towpath has been made secure and is re-open to the public.


A further update will be issued tomorrow.

Unfortunately, we have had to close the canal at Bells Bridge, Bridge 68 on the Lancaster canal, which has been damaged today by a vehicle.


Following, initial inspection to the bridge by our engineers, it’s apparent that several masonry blocks have been dislodged which are hanging over the canal and towpath.


Our teams are sourcing equipment to remove the dislodged masonry blocks from the bridge to make it safe for our customer.


We will provide a further update tomorrow afternoon with details of when we plan to re-open the canal and towpath.


 










14 Mar 19 19:11:44

2611Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation (Stainforth and Keadby Canal)Wykewell Lift BridgeWykewell Lift Bridge19 March 201919 March 2020
Update on 08/04/2019:
We are now in a position to be able to allow assisted passage daily between 9am and 10am.
We will monitor the impact of this restriction to customers and modify timings to meet local demands when required.
To book your passage please call 03030 404040.
 
Update on 06/04/2019:
The bridge is now in the fully open position. It will stay like this until Monday morning, when further investigation works will take place. After this agreed times for opening the bridge will be published.
Update on 05/04/2019:
Our Contractors are on site and are hoping that the temporary works will be completed tomorrow (Saturday 06 April).
08 Apr 19 12:00:02

2641Lee and Stort Navigation (River Lee: commercial section)Tottenham Lock No 17Tottenham Lock No 1722 March 201922 March 2020Navigation is closed until further notice at Tottenham locks 17 eastern and western side due to a pollution incident.

Work is under way to contain and clear the pollution

 

22 Mar 19 21:39:30

2651Birmingham Canal Navigations (Titford Canal - Main Line)Jarvis BridgeUncle Bens Bridge01 April 201910 May 2019
Update on 03/04/2019:
Further to our original notice regarding works on the Titford Canal, we were just about to dewater the navigation between Jarvis Bridge and Uncle Bens Bridge when our final visual inspection of the site discovered newly water-nesting birds.    As a result, our Ecologists and Engineers have urgently changed the methodology of the repairs so the nesting birds will not be disturbed.  The navigation will therefore not be dewatered and the works will be carried out under restriction, rather than a stoppage.
Our own Construction Team are carrying out the repairs and they are now working in the water.  For safety reasons, they will operate behind our work boats which will be moored across the canal.  We will move these boats as required in order to manage passing boat traffic.  Please take care and follow any instructions given by the Team on site.
The scope of the works will have to be reduced as a result of these changes but we expect to complete most of the work originally planned.  We will no longer take down or repoint the wall below water level but will trench and clay behind the wall instead.  The wall above water level will still be repaired and missing copers replaced.
 
03 Apr 19 17:00:02

2830Stratford Canal (Northern Section)Lapworth Lock No 6Lapworth Lock No 618 April 201918 April 2020

Unfortunately, the navigation is closed due to the gate not being operable, we apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to have the issue resolved as soon as possible.










18 Apr 19 13:22:10

2773Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Gayton to Brentford)Marsworth Lock No 44Marsworth Lock No 4430 April 201901 May 2019

The navigation will be closed at Lock 44 to carry out repairs and relining of the bottom gates in order to reduce leakage.






09 Apr 19 19:09:06

2783Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Gayton to Brentford)Ivinghoe Bottom Lock No 32Ivinghoe Bottom Lock No 3214 May 201915 May 2019A navigation closure is required to carry out works including repairs to the top gates.

 

10 Apr 19 18:58:23

2778Oxford Canal (Southern Section - Main Line)Kidlington Green Lock No 43Kidlington Green Lock No 4314 May 201916 May 2019After a relatively dry winter, following on from last year’s exceptionally dry summer – one of the hottest and driest on record – reservoirs feeding some parts of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals have not refilled as quickly as would normally be expected.

In order to maximise the available water the Trust is carrying out some further water saving works, on top of our recent winter stoppage programme.  At Lock 43, Kidlington Green, these works include refitting of the bottom gates in order to reduce leakage through the locks.

Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.  

For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating

 

10 Apr 19 19:01:55

2784Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Gayton to Brentford)Ivinghoe Top Lock No 33Ivinghoe Top Lock No 3321 May 201922 May 2019

A navigation closure is required to carry out works which will include repairs to the top and bottom gates and relining of the bottom gates in order to reduce leakage.










10 Apr 19 18:58:34

2775Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Braunston to Norton)Braunston Lock No 4Braunston Lock No 404 June 201906 June 2019

After a relatively dry winter, following on from last year’s exceptionally dry summer – one of the hottest and driest on record – reservoirs feeding some parts of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals have not refilled as quickly as would normally be expected.


In order to maximise the available water the Trust is carrying out some further water saving works, on top of our recent winter stoppage programme.  At Lock 4, Braunston, these works include the re-lining of the bottom gate and repairs to the cill, in order to reduce leakage. 


Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.  


For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating










09 Apr 19 19:06:59

2779Birmingham Canal Navigations (Walsall Canal)Ryders Green Bottom Lock No 8Ryders Green Bottom Lock No 801 July 201912 July 2019

A navigation closure is required to carry out works which will include replacement of the top gate, chamber brickwork repairs and repairs to the lock landing bollards.










10 Apr 19 18:59:15

2781Birmingham Canal Navigations (Walsall Canal)Ryders Green Lock No 5Ryders Green Lock No 503 July 201907 July 2019

The navigation will be closed at Lock 5, Walsall, to carry out replacement of the top gate.










10 Apr 19 19:01:10

2782Birmingham Canal Navigations (Dudley Canal No 1 - Through Route)Parkhead Lock No 2Parkhead Lock No 209 September 201918 October 2019

The navigation will be closed at Lock 2, Parkhead, to carry out repairs including: 


 -  Top and bottom gate replacements


 -  Lock ladder repairs


 -  Chamber brickwork repairs


 -  Quoin repairs


 -  Quadrant kickers repairs










10 Apr 19 19:01:40

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

267Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Wigan Top Lock ServicesWigan Top Lock Services23 April 201823 April 2019

The service block at Wigan Top Lock is currently closed due to vandalism.  


The toilets and shower areas are unavailable.  The waterpoint, refuse and elsan remain available.










23 Apr 18 19:27:55

442River Trent (non-tidal section)Newark Marina Entrance No 2Newark Marina Entrance No 223 May 201823 May 2019Contractors are undertaking refurbishment of a building directly next to the watercourse which requires scaffolding to be constructed in the watercourse. Please slow down when approaching the site and be prepared to stop whilst contractors move out of the way. Follow any health and safety signage or instructions the Contractor may have. No disruption is envisaged.

The work will take around 24 weeks to complete.
28 Jul 18 11:29:05

598River Trent (non-tidal section)Stoke Bardolph Lock No 6Stoke Bardolph Lock No 611 June 201811 June 2019

Over the weekend a cruiser caught fire causing the boat to sink just before the weir at Stoke Lock. The sunken boat is not currently an obstruction in the navigation for other boaters, but please be aware that it is there and proceed with caution.


28 Jul 18 11:33:51

725Aire and Calder Navigation (Main Line - Goole to Castleford)Ferrybridge Flood Lock FootbridgeFerrybridge Flood Lock Footbridge28 June 201828 June 2019
Update on 21/08/2018:
The flood lock has been reopened and boats currently dont need to operate the lock gates.
For safety reasons the footbridge remains closed therefore there is no access onto the island from the Ferrybridge end. Anyone wishing to access the island will need to do so from Mill Bridge.
The nearby footbridge has been closed due to safety reasons, until this is resolved the only way for pedestrians to cross the canal is to use the bottom lock gates.
We are also asking our boating customers to pen through this lock and ensure that the gates are closed again afterwards
 
21 Aug 18 15:00:02

767Ripon CanalRentons BridgeRentons Bridge03 July 201803 July 2019

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.










03 Jul 18 18:48:07

1772Gloucester and Sharpness CanalGloucester DocksGloucester Docks28 September 201828 September 2019We are currently experiencing a build-up of silt in the main Gloucester Basin.

Available depth ranges from 1.50m to 2.00m across the basin. We are in the process of looking to bring forward our planned January dredging programme in response to this situation.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and advise boaters to exercise caution navigating the basin.

Should you require any further information about this or any other matter on the Wales and South West Region please see -

or contact -

Gloucester Dock Office on 01452 318012 or

Customer Service Desk on 03030 404040

Or you can e-mail - enquiries.southwalessevern@canalrivertrust.org.uk

In the case of an emergency please ring

Freephone Canals on 0800 4799947

 

05 Nov 18 18:55:26

IDCanalFromToStart DateEnd DateDescription ( Click to see original C&RT Notice )Last Updated

1113Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Gayton to Brentford)Blisworth Tunnel North EndBlisworth Tunnel North End10 August 201810 August 2019

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


Passage is available Monday - Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.


Please call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or you can email us at -


enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk


Tunnel length: 2,812m, travel time: 45 minutes










14 Sep 18 22:05:38

1114Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Braunston to Norton)Braunston Tunnel (East end)Braunston Tunnel (East end)10 August 201810 August 2019

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


Passage is available Monday - Friday (excluding bank holidays) at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.


Please call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or email us at -


enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk


Tunnel length: 1873m, travel time: 30 minutes










14 Sep 18 22:06:18

1115Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal)Saddington Tunnel (Northwest end)Saddington Tunnel (Northwest end)10 August 201810 August 2019

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


Passage is available Monday - Friday at 8am only and must be booked 48hrs in advance.


Please call 0303 040 4040 and ask to be put through to the Newark Admin Team or you can email us at -  


enquiries.eastmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk


Tunnel length: 808m, travel time: 15 minutes










10 Aug 18 19:36:59

1084Grand Union Canal (Hertford Union Canal)Hertford Union Top Lock No 1Hertford Union Top Lock No 110 August 201810 August 2019Following the long period of dry hot weather there are continued low flows of water from the river tributaries that feed the Grand Union Canal, including the Paddington Arm. This is also the only supply of water for the Regent’s Canal through Hampstead Rd Locks in Camden and this is having a direct impact on the water levels on this long stretch of water (The Paddington Arm). Whenever water is passed through Camden to feed the Regent’s the level drops. Due to these constant low levels we have had to take the difficult decision to put in place temporary overnight lock closures in key locations to preserve water.

The following locks will be closed from Friday 10 August 2018 between 21:00pm - 07:00am  every night.  

 •            Grand Union - Lock 90 Top Lock only.

•             Regent’s - Hampstead Rd Lock both locks

•             Regent’s – Acton’s Lock top gates

•             Regent’s – Old Ford Lock – top gates

•             Regent’s – Mile End Lock -top gates

•             Hertford Union – Lock 1 – top gates

We are monitoring the situation constantly and will look at reopening the locks as soon as practically possible please be patient during this unprecedented time and contact us on 0303 040 4040 for local updates and further information.

You can report any environmental incidents including fish in distress or very low river flows and reservoir levels to our customer service number 0303 040 4040 or 0800 47 999 47 or use the Environment Agency incident hotline 0800 80 70 60 (Freephone, 24-Hours).

You can view the Grand Union - Lock 90 Top Lock notice and its online map here:

You can view the Regents Canal notice and its online map here:

 

08 Aug 18 20:31:01

1731Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan)Ell Meadow Lock No 89Wigan Junction30 October 201830 October 2019

In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, as of Tuesday 30 October we will be implementing overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area.


Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Lock 1, Poolstock Lock on the Leigh Branch will be opened at 8am and locked at 4pm daily.


The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times.


These restrictions will be in place until further notice.










29 Oct 18 19:29:26

2045Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan)Ell Meadow Lock No 89Pagefield Lock No 8830 October 201830 October 2019

Update on 19/12/2018:

In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, we will continue to implement overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area.


Padlocks will be placed on Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) and Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and will be opened at 8am and locked at 3pm daily.


The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times.


These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

In order to conserve water in the Wigan area, as of Tuesday 30 October we will be implementing overnight restrictions in the Wigan central area.


Lock 88 (Pagefield Lock) to Lock 89 (Ell Meadow Lock) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Lock 1, Poolstock Lock on the Leigh Branch will be opened at 8am and locked at 4pm daily.


The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these times.


These restrictions will be in place until further notice.










19 Dec 18 13:03:21

2134River Trent (non-tidal section)Cromwell Lock No 11Cromwell Lock No 1101 November 201801 November 2019

TIDAL LOCK OPERATION IN THE EAST MIDLANDS


Two of our tidal locks (Cromwell and Torksey) have the same core hours, which are: 7:00am to 9:00pm in Summer (the earlier of Good Friday or 1st April to 30th September) and 8:00am to 4:00pm in Winter.


Cromwell will operate at all times within these core hours in summer and for 6 hours in winter except at weekends when it will be operated for 8 hours.  


Torksey will operate with the tides and shift patterns will be arranged accordingly to suit these, within the core hours. Typical shifts will be 6 hours in winter and 8 hours in summer. Occasionally we will operate Torksey slightly before 8am or slightly after 4pm in winter if there is a suitable tide and this will be recognised in shift patterns.


Any passage required outside of these hours should be booked at least 5 working days in advance through the office at Newark (0303 040 4040) and is subject to staff availability.


During winter Boston is managed by a booking system, and we ask for 5 working days’ notice, to allow for us to arrange for a lock keeper to be on site and is subject to availability.  Bookings can be arranged by ringing 0303 040 4040 and asking for the Newark Admin Team.  During the Summer, Boston Lock will operate for a maximum of 5 hours on any day, as passage is limited to specific windows of opportunity.  The actual hours of operation each day will be designed to maximise the opportunity to use the lock.


In an emergency, the out of hours call out number 0800 47 999 47 is available.


Actual shift patterns are published at the locks and on the notices section of our website.










15 Jan 19 18:41:06

1911River Thames (tidal section)South West India Dock EntranceSouth West India Dock Entrance27 November 201827 November 2019Until further notice West India lock will be available only during the following times  08:00-16:00 Monday – Friday

For movements outside of these hours, please contact the London Southeast enquiries team allowing at least 48 hour’s notice of any locking requirements outside of these times.

We will try to accommodate all future pre booked lock movements.

 

27 Nov 18 22:27:38

2053Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Blackburn Top Lock No 52Blackburn Bottom Lock No 5720 December 201820 December 2019Update on 07/01/2019:
Please be advised further investigations need to be carried out, whilst the investigations are taking place, the below restrictions will remain.

Blackburn Lock flight (Lock 57, Bottom Lock to Lock 52, Top Lock) will be opened at 10am to 3pm, with last passage at 2pm, daily.
10 Apr 19 21:05:12

2086Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Blackburn Top Lock No 52Blackburn Bottom Lock No 5720 December 201820 December 2019
Update on 07/01/2019:
Please be advised further investigations need to be carried out, whilst the investigations are taking place, the below restrictions will remain.
An update will be provided once the investigations have been completed.
Update on 02/01/2019:
Please be advised this restriction will remain in place whilst we continue to oversee passages on the Blackburn Flight.
A further update will be issued Monday 7 January.
 
Update on 21/12/2018:
Please be advised the local team have successfully facilitated a repair to Top Lock, Blackburn after the recent act of severe vandalism. In order to avoid potential further damage and flooding over the festive season, starting Saturday 22 December, we will be implementing the following restriction;
07 Jan 19 18:00:01

2807Shropshire Union Canal (Llangollen Canal - Main Line)Hurleston Bottom Lock No 1Hurleston Top Lock No 415 March 201915 March 2020

Update on 12/04/2019:

Following advice from our engineers, who have been monitoring Lock 4, Hurleston Locks, we want to ensure continued passage of boats through this lock and the safety of our customers.


From Monday 15 April, the lock flight between locks 1 and 4 will only be open between the hours of 08:00 until 17:00 when our trained team will be available to assist.


Outside of these hours, the lock flight will be closed to boats.


Thank you for your assistance during this period.

Due to complexities in delivering the works at Lock 4, Hurleston Locks, on the Llangollen Canal, within the stoppage window this winter, the works are unfortunately deferred to Winter 2019/20.


As a result, the lock remains narrow and potentially width restrictive for some craft; please note that a width restriction of 6ft 10” remains in place. For safety reasons, it is extremely important that boaters are aware of their dimensions before attempting to pass through this lock in either direction.


The Trust will continue to monitor the lock, with our lock-keepers available to assist any boats that get into difficulties using it.










12 Apr 19 19:29:20

2547Rochdale CanalTuel Lane Lock No 3Tuel Lane Lock No 315 March 201904 November 2019

Friday 15th March to Monday 4th November 2019


A Canal & River Trust lock keeper is present on the following days:


Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday of each week between the dates above (No booking required).  On these days the operating times for Tuel lock are first boat entry at 8.30am with last passage at 4.00pm.


Tuel Lock (Lock 3), Sowerby Bridge is operated by a Canal & River Trust lock keeper. Please follow the local signage and the lock keeper’s instructions.


Do not enter the tunnel (below lock 3) whilst boats are in lock 3.


Locks 1 and 3 will be padlocked outside of the normal entry hours specified above.


A booking system is in operation for passage on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during this period.  Bookings should be made by calling our Yorkshire & North East  office on 03030 404040 during office hours, giving 24 hours’ notice of your booking. On these days passage is between 8.30am with last boat passage at 4.00pm.


No permanent lock keeper will be present from Monday 4th November 2019 until Friday 13th March 2020. Bookings should be made by calling our Yorkshire & North East office on 03030 404040 during office hours, giving 48 hours’ notice of your booking. Please note no passage is possible between Friday 20th December 2019 and Wednesday 1st January 2020.










11 Mar 19 19:57:13

2569Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Five Rise Locks Swing Bridge No 200Kirkstall Lock No 716 March 201931 October 2019

Through the 2019 summer season, our customer operations team will be on site to offer assisted passage through Bingley Three & Five Rises and Kirkstall to Newlay Locks


To help us manage boats and water resources efficiently. we are asking customers to plan their passages using the following information.


Passages down through Bingley Five and Three Rise Locks as well as Newlay, Forge and Kirkstall Locks in the morning between 08:00am - 12.00pm (last entry).


Passages up through these locks in the afternoon from 1.00pm with last entry into Bingley Three Rise and Kirkstall Locks at 4:00pm.


As from the 1st October, the last entry through these locks will be 3:00pm due to the reduced daylight hours.


 


 










13 Mar 19 19:03:38

2622Shropshire Union Canal (Montgomery Canal - connected and navigable)Frankton Staircase Lock No 1Frankton Bottom Lock No 321 March 201903 November 2019

SUMMER OPENING TIMES 2019


 


Thursday 21st March 2019 to Sunday 3rd November 2019


Lock opening times 12 noon until 2pm Monday to Sunday 7 days a week (Including Bank Holidays)


 


Booking is required for passage through the locks.


Customers can book any day in advance but no later than 10am on the day of passage*


 


Only boats with a booking will be allowed through the locks.


 


 


To book passage by phone Monday-Friday,


call 03030 404040


 


If you are calling on a Sat, Sun or Bank Holiday,


 call Trevor Basin Visitor Centre 01978 822912


 


Please note:


* Customers are advised there is a maximum of 12 boats down the locks and 12 boats up per day. Booking well in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.


 


 There is a minimum of 1 night and a maximum of 14 nights stay.










21 Mar 19 18:46:20

2632Chesterfield Canal (Retford to the Trent)West Stockwith LockWest Stockwith Lock01 April 201930 April 2019

West Stockwith Opening Hours






Date




Hours Working Am




Hours Working Pm






1st




07-00- 11-00 / 16-00- 20-00






2nd




07-00- 12-00 / 17-00- 20-00






3rd




07-00- 12-00 / 18-00- 21-00






4th




07-00- 12-00 / 18-00- 21-00






5th




07-00- 15-00






6th




07-00- 15-00






7th




08-00- 16-00






8th




08-00- 16-00






9th




09-00- 17-00






10th




09-00- 17-00






11th




10-00- 18-00






12th




11-00- 19-00






13th




12-00- 20-00






14th




13-00- 21-00






15th




13-00- 21-00






16th




13-00- 21-00






17th




07-00- 11-00 / 17-00- 21-00






18th




07-00- 12-00 / 18-00- 21-00






19th




07-00- 15-00






20th




07-00- 15-00






21st




08-00- 16-00






22nd




08-00- 16-00






23rd




09-00- 17-00






24th




09-00- 17-00






25th




10-00- 18-00






26th




11-00- 19-00






27th




12-00- 20-00






28th




13-00- 21-00






29th




13-00- 21-00






30th




13-00- 21-00






The Lock Keeping hours are based on serviceable tides


For enquiries please call West Stockwith Lock on 01427 890204










22 Mar 19 19:04:15

2744Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Old Grand Union)Watford Bottom Lock No 1Watford Top Lock No 701 April 201901 September 2019

Watford Locks will be open from 8:00am until 7:00pm each day from 1st April until 1st September. Please be aware that the last assisted boat will be allowed to enter the lock flight at 6:15pm.


Please ensure you have booked in with the Lock Keeper before you enter the flight. The Lock Keeper will either be on the lock flight, or in the Top Lock Keepers Hut.


If you enter the flight without booking in, you may be required to back out, as other boats may be working the flight already.



From the 6th May, lock opening hours will be:


9am to 5pm


We will continue to monitor our reservoir storage and canal opening hours with a view to keeping disruption to a minimum whilst balancing a need to save water.


In the days preceding, during (25th to 27th May) and following Crick Boat Show opening hours will be relaxed to allow boat traffic to navigate to and from the event with minimal disruption.



08 Apr 19 19:32:06

2831Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Five Rise Locks Swing Bridge No 200Bingley 3 Rise Staircase Locks Nos 22 to 2419 April 201931 October 2019Following a further review and consultation, we have revised our operating procedure for Bingley Five and Three Rise as follows:

Morning

Passages down the lock flights between 08:00-10:00, last entry at 09:00.

Passages up the lock flights between 10:00-12:00, last entry at 11:00.

 Afternoon

Passages down the lock flight between 13:00-15:00, last entry at 14:00.

Passages up the lock flight between 15:00-17:00, last entry at 16:00.

 

18 Apr 19 13:21:12

2810River Ouse : Yorkshire (tidal section - Naburn to Goole)Boothferry BridgeBoothferry Bridge23 April 201923 April 2019

Contractors will be undertaking vegetation clearance work on the south bank of the river approximately 100m upstream of Boothferry Bridge. All work will be undertaken from the river bank. A safety boat call sign MELI4 will be in attendance throughout the works. MELI4 will maintain a listening watch on VHF Marine Band channel 9.


Skippers of all craft are advised to approach with caution and reduce wash to a minimum.










18 Apr 19 15:00:03

2839Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds)Barrowford Bottom Lock No 51Holme Bridge Lock No 3029 April 201929 April 2020

Due to the low rainfall which has resulted in the drawdown of the reservoirs, and with the forecast set for dry weather, the Trust will be implementing temporary restrictions to navigation between Barrowford Locks (45 to 51) and Gargrave (from below lock 30) effective Monday 29 April.



Barrowford Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 5pm, last entry 4pm
Greenberfield Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 6pm, last entry 5pm
Bank Newton Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 6pm, last entry 5pm
Gargrave Locks – Open at 8am, closed at 6pm, last entry 5pm.

It’s not clear how long the restrictions will be in place, however if there is no significant, sustained rainfall it is likely further restrictions will be implemented. While the restrictions will restrict the use of the 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.









18 Apr 19 19:52:26

1707River Witham (Boston to the Wash)Boston Grand Sluice Lock No 3Boston Grand Sluice Lock No 301 May 201931 May 2019
 




Boston Grand Sluice   Lock


 

16 Apr 19 14:00:03

2780Fossdyke CanalTorksey LockTorksey Lock01 May 201931 May 2019

Torksey Lock Opening Hours May 2019






Date




Hours Working Am




Hours Working Pm






1st




07.00-12.00 18.00-21.00






2nd




07.00-13.00 19.00-21.00






3rd




07.00-13.00 19.00-21.00






4th




08.00-16.00






5th




08.00-16.00






6th




09.00-17.00






7th




09.00-17.00






8th




10.00-18.00






9th




10.00-18.00






10th




10.00-18.00






11th




10.00-18.00






12th




10.00-18.00






13th




11.00-19.00






14th




12.00-20.00






15th




07.00-11.30 17.30-21.00






16th




07.00-12.30 18.30-21.00






17th




07.00-13.00 19.00-21.00






18th




07.00-15.00






19th




08.00-16.00






20th




09.00-17.00






21st




09.00-17.00






22nd




10.00-18.00






23rd




10.00-18.00






24th




10.00-18.00






25th




10.00-18.00






26th




11.00-19.00






27th




11.00-19.00






28th




12.00-20.00






29th




12.00-20.00






30th




07.00-11.30 17.30-21.00






31st




07.00-12.30 17.30-21.00






The above lock keeping hours are based on serviceable tides.


For enquiries please phone Torksey Lock on 01427 718202










10 Apr 19 18:59:35

2759Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section - Old Grand Union)Inclined Plane Upper Access Arm JunctionFoxton Junction06 May 201906 May 2020After a relatively dry winter, following on from last year’s exceptionally dry summer – one of the hottest and driest on record – reservoirs feeding some parts of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals have not refilled as quickly as would normally be expected.


Recent heavy storms have not been able to compensate for a continued period of below average rainfall that goes back to June 2018 and that has meant some reservoirs in this area have not refilled as we would normally expect. For example Naseby Reservoir, our largest reservoir serving this part of the canal network, started the season around 60% full.


In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.


From the 6th May, lock opening hours will be:
9am to 5pm
[last entry on the flight 4.15pm]


We will continue to monitor our reservoir storage and canal opening hours with a view to keeping disruption to a minimum whilst balancing a need to save water.


Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.  


For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating


In the days preceding, during (25th to 27th May) and following Crick Boat Show opening hours will be relaxed to allow boat traffic to navigate to and from the event with minimal disruption.


 

08 Apr 19 19:37:58

2760Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Norton to Gayton)Buckby Lock No 8Buckby Lock No 1106 May 201906 May 2020After a relatively dry winter, following on fromlast year’s exceptionally dry summer – one of the hottest and driest on record– reservoirs feeding some parts of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals have not refilled as quickly as would normally be expected.


Recent heavy storms have not been able to compensate for a continued period of below average rainfall that goes back to June 2018 and that has meant some reservoirs in this area have not refilled as we would normally expect. For example Naseby Reservoir, our largest reservoir serving this part of the canal network, started the season around 60% full.


In order to maximise the available water the Trust is taking the sensible precaution of locking targeted locks up overnight. This measure is intended to reduce the potential for water losses overnight and allow backpumps more time to transfer water from the Braunston Summit onto the Leicester Summit.


From the 6th May, lock opening hours will be:
9am to 5pm
[last entry on the flight 4.pm]




We will continue to monitor our reservoir storage and canal opening hours with a view to keeping disruption to a minimum whilst balancing a need to save water.


Boaters also have a really important role to play and we ask that they help us to save water by making sure that all gates and paddles are closed after use, sharing a lock if possible and waiting for oncoming boats where appropriate.  


For more water saving tips go to www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/a-guide-to-boating


In the days preceding, during (25th to 27th May) and following Crick Boat Show opening hours will be relaxed to allow boat traffic to navigate to and from the event with minimal disruption.





 

08 Apr 19 19:34:32