Between Vines Park Barge Lock and Lock 6, Droitwich Junction


From Date: 17/01/2023 15:30

To Date: 17/03/2023 17:00 inclusive

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: Water resources

Is the towpath closed? No

Intersection of

Closest waterway: Droitwich Junction Canal

Starts at: Lock 6, Body Brook

Ends at: Lock 7, River Lock

Upstream winding hole: Droitwich Marina


Closest waterway: Droitwich Barge Canal

Starts at: Barge Lock

Ends at: Bridge 20, Barge Lock Swing Bridge

Downstream winding hole: Netherwich Basin


02/03/2023 09:54

Navigation will now be open on Friday 17th March.

The clearance of the obstruction at Lock 6, Body Brook will be completed by Friday 10th March. Dredging will then be carried out at the Salwarpe confluence week commencing Monday 13th March.

Boaters will be able to pass through even if the dredging isn’t fully complete. Dredging will continue through to the following week at least.

27/02/2023 16:03

We are now aiming to clear the obstructions and open navigation by Monday 20th March.

10/02/2023 12:26

Navigation still remains closed at this section.

Contractors discovered some obstructions below Lock 6 & Lock 7. We are aiming to have these obstructions removed and navigation open in time for the start of boating season, hopefully the beginning of April.

Once these works are completed, contractors will then continue with spot dredging the following weeks. This may mean some navigation restrictions around the works as they progress, these will be managed locally by contractors.

As soon as we receive confirmed dates of when we will be able to re-open, we will update the notice accordingly.

Thank you for your patience.


We have had to close this section due to an extensive build up of silt.

We will continue to monitor the situation, and open the canal as soon as it is safe to do so.