Towpath between Stewart Aqueduct and Spon Lane, New Mainline


From Date: 07/03/2022 10:00

To Date: On-going

Type: Towpath Closure

Reason: Structure failure

Is the towpath closed? Yes


Closest waterway: New Mainline

Starts at: Spon Lane Bridge

Ends at: Access Point


13/06/2022 18:30

Please note that this section of towpath needs to remain closed for public safety, as there is a very real danger to anyone using the towpath here.  It's important that no-one tries to bypass any barriers and signs on the towpath; if you're passing on the water, we recommend that you keep a safe distance from the towpath, and avoid mooring in this section.

Whilst we continue to work closely with the owners and local agencies to reduce the risks posed by the walls above the towpath, we'd appreciate your help in our efforts to keep the public safe.  If you see any damage to the safety barriers, or any members of the public using this section of towpath, please let us know on 0303 040 4040.

Thank you for your patience, and for continuing to use the alternative routes whilst we find a long-term solution.


We’ve had to temporarily close the towpath beside the Old Chance Glassworks in Smethwick, as a recent survey carried out on the factory walls of this historic structure, which run immediately next to the towpath, highlighted it as in danger of collapse.  We’re in conversation with the owners of the building and Sandwell Council to ensure a thorough investigation and plan for repairs are carried out and will share any updates when we get them.

Thank you for bearing with us whilst this hazard is removed.  In the meantime, there is a simple diversion along the Old Main Line. Please leave the New Main line canal at Stewarts Aqueduct and walk along the Old Main Line Canal to Spon Lane South. You can either leave the Canal at Spon Lane south and join the New Main Line or continue along the Old Main line canal to Smethwick Junction where you can re-join the New Main Line Canal.