Winter stoppages

We never stop working to improve our canals and rivers, so that they make life better by water for everyone, every day.

Each winter, when fewer boats are cruising our waterways, we usually carry out essential repairs and maintenance. In many cases we need to close the waterway completely, and sometimes even the towpath.

We also work with third-party companies, such as Network Rail, to enable them to carry out their own works during the winter period, where these affect our canals and rivers. 

Asking your opinion

Before we carry out our winter works programme we like to consult the people who use our waterways to make sure our stoppages cause as little disruption as possible.

The public consultation process for the winter 2020/21 programme has now finished and all individual stoppages are listed on our main notices and stoppages page. You can also download a full list of the 2020/21 winter stoppages as a pdf. Thank you to everyone who took the time to give their comments.

The consultation for the 2021/22 winter works programme will begin in spring 2021 and information will appear on this page.