Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and River Severn Navigation - Customer Consultation


From Date: 02/03/2023 10:00

To Date: On-going

Type: Advice

Reason: Information

Is the towpath closed? No

Intersection of

Closest waterway: Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Starts at: Bridge 3, Purton Lower

Ends at: Bridge 24, Llanthony Lift Bridge


Closest waterway: River Severn Navigation

Starts at: Lock 2 Gloucester Lock

Ends at: Lock 9 Lincomb Lock


20/03/2023 17:23

Opening Hours for Gloucester & Sharpness Canal & River Severn

Further to the recent consultation regarding opening hours, we are now pleased to confirm the following for the 2023 summer season:

Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
Wednesday to Monday open 8am – 6pm
Tuesday – Closed (except to pre-arranged commercial traffic) this closure includes Gloucester Lock.

River Severn Navigation
River Locks open 7 days per week 8am – 6pm
Please note that Bevere & Holt Locks will be available at the set times below:

Bevere: Open 8am – 9am, 11am – 12pm, 2pm – 3pm, 5pm – 6pm
Holt Open:  9:30am – 10:30am, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Thank you to everyone who responded to the consultation. These changes are a temporary measure while we continue to recruit additional volunteer support. If you feel passionately about the waterways, please click the link below and help us deliver more bridge and lock open hours. Bridge Support Ranger: Gloucester & Sharpness Canal | Canal & River Trust (

If you are a commercial operator, and we haven't already spoken to you, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss how we can best support you.

You are welcome to contact us at [email protected] or 03030 404040 if you would like to discuss this information with a member of our Customer Service Team.


We're proposing to make temporary changes to the summer 2023 operating hours on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and River Severn Navigation.

The Trust is affected significantly by the current economic impact of inflation and high energy costs at a time when our income from the Government is not increasing with inflation. We recognise these temporary changes will impact you, our customers, so we are asking for your views on proposals for this season.

Please visit the link below to find out more and feed back on the proposed changes.

Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and River Severn Navigation summer 2023 changes | Canal & River Trust (