Notices and stoppages

We firmly believe life is better by water so we keep our waterways in the best working order they can be to enable the millions of people who use our canals year to benefit. However, keeping 200-year-old waterways open can sometimes throw up a surprise or two.

With over 2,000 miles of historic canals and rivers to look after we occasionally have to shut a stretch of canal or towpath while we're repairing it. If you're a regular boater or planning a boat trip or holiday it's a good idea to check our navigational advice before you make a journey.

When we close a stretch of canal or towpath, whether it's an emergency stoppage or planned maintenance work, we'll post a notice on this site to let you know what we’re doing and how the work is progressing.

This is also the best place to find out about any restrictions in place, opening times of manned structures, booking information and general navigation advice.

All you need to do is select the waterway(s) you'd like to find out about and then select the type of notice that you’re interested in from the search box.

Winter works programme 2018/19

Our consultation on winter closures has now ended. Thank you to everyone who has taken time to post their thoughts on the programme. You can use the search facility on this page to see all of the stoppages listed alongside other work that we’re carrying out. Alternatively, you can print a full list of the winter stoppages or look at a map of our winter works programme.

Boaters' guides

Our boaters' guides allow you to select a waterway and then download a PDF listing the information we have on our facilities and stoppages. Please note that some of the data may not be the most up-to-date and you should cross reference with the other guides that are commercially available.

Download a guide


It's a good idea to take a look at the dimensions of our waterways before setting off. The information should only be used as a helpful guide and you should always use your own judgement taking into account local circumstances at any particular time.

Download waterway dimensions 

Lack of water

Our Drought page explains what happens to our waterways in unusually hot spells, it includes FAQs, tips on how boaters can follow our THRIFT code and a closure map.

Follow us on Twitter

We have a twitter feed dedicated to our Notice updates. Follow @CRTnotices to keep informed of the latest notices and updates.

Sign up for updates

If you want to receive email updates every time there’s a new Notice or update added for a waterway you can sign up for a free account. You can select which waterway or waterways you want to be kept informed about and then login and update your preferences whenever you like.

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