Navigation Resumed: Anderton Boat Lift


From Date: 05/05/2023 17:00

To Date: 11/05/2023 12:15 inclusive

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: Structure failure

Is the towpath closed? No

Intersection of

Closest waterway: Weaver Navigation

Starts at: Anderton Boat Lift

Ends at: Anderton Boat Lift


Closest waterway: Trent & Mersey Canal

Starts at: Basin Footbridge, Anderton Boat Lift

Ends at: Basin Footbridge, Anderton Boat Lift


11/05/2023 11:46

We are pleased to advise the online bookings have re-opened for the Anderton Boat Lift.

We have completed the minor alterations to the east river gate, and this is currently going through it’s standard testing period procedure before we can bring it back in to operation.

We will be resuming the normal passage schedule from tomorrow, Friday 12 May, however there is availability this afternoon should anyone require passage.

We would like to thank all our customer for their co-operation and patience during this time.

10/05/2023 16:48

We are pleased to advise the repairs to the west river gate at the Anderton Boat Lift have been successful. Repairs to the east river gate are ongoing, with testing continuing tomorrow.

Our teams are currently working through the backlog of customers and assisting them on the lift, this will continue in the morning. Following which, we will then be in a position to re-open bookings online. An update will be provided tomorrow afternoon, Thursday 11 May.

09/05/2023 20:28

Our investigations today at the Anderton boat lift have identified a minor issue which affects the operation of both gates. Whilst this has unfortunately resulted in a need to temporarily close the lift operation the Trust's maintenance teams are sourcing the replacement parts required and we expect that we will be able to re-open the west side of the lift tomorrow afternoon (10th May). repairs to the East river gate will continue.

Bookings remain offline whilst we work through the backlog of the affected bookings. If you require an urgent passage, please call our North West Customer Support Team on 0303 0404040 and we shall see if we have any available slots. Please note, this will not be a guaranteed passage, however our teams will do what they can to assist.

An update will be provided tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday 10 May.

08/05/2023 12:34

Our engineering team will be onsite on Tuesday 9th to start the works on the East gate.

We will issue a further update on Tuesday afternoon. 

06/05/2023 14:49

We are happy to report that we now understand that this breakdown happened due to snag from our previous winter works and that we have a solution in place.

We need further time to implement the solution and during this period one side of the lift will be inoperable.

We will still operate the remaining side but this means that passages will be limited. We will now start to move the boats that have been affected by the closure over the past 24 hours through and each boat will be contacted to and issued a timeslot. Once all our waiting boats complete their passage, we will look to open up the bookings system to allow further boats to go through. 

We expect any boats booked up to and including Wednesday May 10th to be affected. 

Once again, thank you for your patience on this matter and we will issue a further update Tomorrow (Sunday 7th) at 11am. 

06/05/2023 09:34

We have contacted many of you that are affected by this closure, and told you of the update that will be given in person by our team at 10am.This will be held in the grounds at the bottom of the lift.

We thank you all for your patience and we will issue a further update at 2pm. 


We are extremely sorry to inform our customers that the Anderton Boat Lift has experienced a fault with the east river gate that became jammed today. Our engineers have been working to rectify the problem, but this has been unsuccessful. The boat lift is a unique structure, so we need support from our specialists’ contractors to assist our teams with fixing the gate who will be on site tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow morning our team will be contacting all those customers who have booked passages that are affected by this closure.

We will provide a further update tomorrow afternoon.