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. Normally, this public consultation process would begin in early May, when we publish the first draft of the winter programme here on our website.

The impact of coronavirus on our planned construction and repair works for spring 2020 will have a knock-on effect throughout the rest of the year and over next winter. All of our work will have to be re-prioritised once we know when we can return to a normal level of operation.

Taking the current uncertainty into consideration, we’ve decided to postpone the public consultation on our winter programme until we have a better understanding of what work can be achieved in that period. You can see a revised schedule below.

Please remember that any planned stoppages are subject to change depending on the latest advice from the government. We will update the draft notices to reflect any such changes.

How to search and comment on winter stoppages

Scroll through the map below to look at closures in a particular area. Alternatively you can enter the first two letters of a particular waterway to see relevant stoppages either in a list or on the map.

By clicking on the ‘Read more’ button you can download an individual stoppage notice. At the bottom of the notice is an online form where you can post your comments.

Please comment on as many of the stoppages as you like – we want to hear what you think.

Public consultation schedule 2020

1 June – draft notices published for public to comment on

28 June – deadline for submitting comments (first round)

13 July – revised notices published for public to comment on

9 August – deadline for submitting comments (second round)

17 August – final winter maintenance programme published

 

Please check this page from Monday 1 June 2020 to see details of our planned stoppages for winter 2020/21.

Thank you