Planned winter stoppages

We never stop working to improve our canals and rivers, so that they make life better by water for everyone, every day.

Each winter, when fewer boats are cruising our waterways, we carry out essential repairs and maintenance. In many cases we need to close the waterway completely, and sometimes even the towpath.

Before we carry out our winter works programme we like to consult the people who use our waterways to make sure our stoppages cause as little disruption as possible. This public consultation process usually begins in early May, when we publish the first draft of the winter programme.

We also work with third party companies, such as Network Rail, to enable them to carry out their own works during the winter period, where these affect our canals and rivers. 

Last date edited: 30 April 2020