News article created on 26 August 2016

Winter stoppage list published

We have published the list of vital maintenance work we will be carrying out over the winter and are urging boaters to take a look to see how it may affect their cruising plans over the season.

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Every year the we carry out millions of pounds worth of essential work to repair the wear and tear on our 200-year old waterways. Because the work may require the closure of the waterways and the towpath, we involved boaters and other towpath users in the planning process. The finalised list takes into account two rounds of feedback.

Keeping the waterways shipshape

Mike Grimes, head of boating at Canal & River Trust, said: “The work we carry out every winter lies at the heart of our maintenance programme and ensures that the waterways are kept as shipshape as possible. We know that closures can affect boaters’ plans and so we’ve listened and incorporated boaters’ comments into our final list. If you are a boater and you’re thinking of taking advantage of cruising over the traditionally quieter – and often stunning – winter season, do take a look at the programme to make sure your chosen route will be open.”

The final winter stoppage programme can be found here: