Confirmed stoppages and restrictions
East Coast Main Line Bridge (54A) - 17th March
Contractors working on behalf of Network Rail will be undertaking a Principal Inspection of Bridge 54A on the Chesterfield Canal.
The works will require access to the bridge via the use of a floating platform.
The navigation will be restricted by the platform but assistance will be available to guide users through the working area when safe to do so by the contractors on site.
Please approach site with caution.
For further details and a map, click here.
Weed warning - Between West Stockwith Lock and Shireoaks Marina - 23rd August until further notice
We are experiencing large volumes of weed on the Chesterfield Canal and want to make you aware that you may experience difficulties navigating certain sections for the reminder of the Summer and into the Autumn of 2012.
This year C&RT has been cutting weed on the canal since May and currently has two weed harvesters removing weed growing from the bed of the canal in the channel.
The weed harvesters have worked from Shireoaks Marina to West Stockwith, though the majority of their work has been concentrated in the Hayton/Clayworth area.
In addition, in certain areas, reeds from the sides of the channel have broken off and have created floating island of reeds in the canal.
These have been seen on the canal between Manton and Drakeholes. C&RT is working to remove these reeds using a combination of floating and land based plant to move them to a suitable location to be picked out of the canal, and will continue to do so.
Please be assured, C&RT will do everything within its resources to tackle the weed and apologises for the inconvenience caused.
C&RT would also ask you to inform them of weed sightings by emailing
and using the subject heading WEED WATCH.
Please provide specific information on location by referring to bridge numbers and mooring locations wherever possible. This information will allow them to focus their efforts appropriately.
Thank you for your assistance and understanding on this matter.
Enquiries: Newark - 0303 040 4040.
Morse Lock (49) - 28th August until further notice
The emergency repair works to the ground paddles at Morse Lock have now been completed and the lock is once again operational to boaters.
However, an obstruction has been found in the lock and consequently one of the ground paddles is not working.
Boaters can still operate the lock, but please be aware that delays will be experienced when waiting for the lock to fill up.
C&RT apologises for any inconvenience these delays may cause and asks boaters to be patient.
They aim to have this obstruction removed as soon possible and regular updates can be found on our website.
Enquiries: Newark – 0303 040 4040.
Slipway at Shireoaks Marina
The slipway at Shireoaks Marina is closed except for emergency portage and access to trail boats. Enquiries to the temporary keyholder on 07939 526324.
Advice: Misterton Bottom Lock to Thorpe Top Treble Lock Top (C&RT Key Required) - 27th Apr 2012 until further notice
Associated Regional Office: East Midlands Waterways
Restriction on lift of paddle gear is in place on some paddles to assist low water flows.
Enquiries: 01636 704481.
West Stockwith - 1st March 2009 to 28th February 2014
From the Associated Regional Office: BW East Midlands.
Restriction – Operating the Flood Gates: The Environment Agency will be carrying out training operations on the Flood Gates situated at West Stockwith. This will be once every three months over the next five years. Short delays are envisaged, however this will be only a few minutes while the gates are being operated during the training. Boaters are requested to follow the advice of staff on site and take care when passing through the site. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this operation.
Enquiries: Chris Martin, Operational Support Engineer, 01636 704481.
To find our stoppage page on the C&RT website, please click here.