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 program we like to consult the people who use our waterways to make sure our stoppages cause as little disruption as possible. The first draft of the winter program has now been published and please send us your feedback.

How to search and comment on winter stoppages

Have a look at the list or map below to find closures in a particular area. Alternatively, you can enter the first two letters of a particular waterway to see relevant stoppages.

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, as we want to hear what you think.

Public consultation schedule 2022

9 May – draft notices published for public to comment on

3 June – deadline for submitting comments (first round)

4 July – revised notices published for public to comment on

29 July – deadline for submitting comments (second round)

15 August – final winter maintenance programme published.