Notices and stoppages
If you're planning a boat journey, or going for a walk or ride along our towpaths, it's a good idea to check if there are any closures or works affecting your route before you leave home.
To travel through some tunnels, bridges and locks you will need to book passage in advance. This might be because of unexpected events, such as an unplanned stoppage or coronavirus restrictions, or because boat passage needs to coincide with tide times.
Search for any closures (stoppages), restrictions and booking information, opening times, notices and navigation advice. Simply enter the first two letters of the waterway you’re interested in. Then filter by type of notice and view notices either in a list or on the map.
Winter works programme 2023/24
Each winter, when fewer boats are on our waterways, we carry out essential repairs and maintenance. In many cases we need to close the waterway completely, and sometimes even the towpath.
Before we begin, we always consult the people who use our waterways to make sure these stoppages cause as little disruption as possible.
Thank you to all those who commented on our draft winter 2023/24 programme. The list has now been published and you can see the individual stoppages in the main search function below. You can also download the full list of 2023/24 winter stoppages as a pdf. This pdf is updated regularly.
We aim to deliver the winter programme as published. However, changes are occasionally required. Change will only be made where necessary and the website and pdf will be updated accordingly. Please sign up for our email alerts to keep up to date.
New Marton Top Lock 1 and Bottom Lock 2
Sharpness Dock, Port entrance
Between Shardlow Lock and Derwent Lock, Trent & Mersey Canal
Between Alrewas Lock and Wychnor Lock, Trent & Mersey Canal
Don Doors - Rising water levels
River Severn Navigation - Water levels between Lock 9 Lincomb Lock & Lock 2 Gloucester Lock.
Advice: Towpath north of Bridge 90, Anderton Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham
Sainsburys Towpath Access, North of Lock 6
Newark Flood Gates - River Trent
Visit our safety pages for the latest information on safe boating.
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If you're in an area affected by flooding, read our advice for walkers and boaters on staying safe during flooding.
Winter works programme 2023/24
Each winter, when fewer boats are cruising our waterways, we carry out essential repairs and maintenance. In many cases we need to close the waterway completely, and sometimes even the towpath.
Before we begin this winter works program, we like to consult the people who use our waterways to make sure these stoppages cause as little disruption as possible. We will be publishing further details of our consultation at beginning of May.
However you use the waterways, please be aware of and considerate to other users. Read and follow our waterway code for boaters, anglers and unpowered craft and our Towpath Code for everyone using the towpaths.
Download a PDF of your waterway, for navigation information and boaters’ facilities. Note: some information may not be up-to-date, so cross reference with other available guides.
Check the dimensions of our waterways before setting off on your journey. Note: this information is only a helpful guide. Always use your own judgement and check water levels and other navigation advice first.