Anderton update

Anderton update     Work on the hydraulic cylinders of the Anderton Boat Lift will start in mid-November. The caissons will be detached from the hydraulic rams and propped up to allow the 20-year-old cylinder seals to be replaced. The ceramic rams will be re-polished and 12,000 litres of hydraulic oil will be changed. The […]

CRT say canals are open for boating! Read the detail!

This is CRT’s statement. Following the temporary reopening of canals over the October half term (PR attached), I’m pleased to say that these canals are now open for boating until further notice (excluding any planned winter works). Additionally, the restrictions on the Grand Union and Oxford canals at Watford, Foxton and Braunston are being lifted […]

April National Users’ Forum

National Users’ Forum The April forum had poor attendance, with more CRT staff than other group representatives.  Water resources – due to reservoir issues, the Chesterfield, L&L, Macclesfield and Peak Forest, and Huddersfield Narrow canals will probably all suffer to some degree from restrictions this ‘season’. Review of works – 13 winter stoppages have overrun […]

Crick Boat Show

Crick Boat Show Advance tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Crick Boat Show, saving up to 15% on the entry price. The event will be held across the Bank Holiday weekend celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (3rd – 5th June), with an extra ‘Trade & Preview Day’ on Thursday 2nd June. The Preview […]

Bridgewater bookings

Following an agreement with the Bridgewater Canal Company, CRT-licensed boaters wishing to access the Bridgewater Canal, must now pre-book the visit using the on-line booking system (, after you have set up a customer account, or by phone on 0303 0404040. Outbound passage, free of charge, is limited to a maximum of seven continuous days […]

River Thames Alliance closed down

River Thames Alliance closed down The directors of RTA Co. Ltd. held a board meeting on 19th December and agreed to cease trading and wind up the company. This followed the AGM in October, which set up an independent Review Task Group to consider all aspects of the objectives, management and governance of the company […]

CRT extend customer services opening hours

Canal and River Trust have just announced that from 7 July 2019, customers will be able to get in touch with customer service team seven days a week. The customer service team will now be responding to enquiries from 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat, and 10am-4pm Sun.  All contact channels will be open across telephone, web […]

Cruising restrictions

Cruising restrictions   Following the dry winter and spring, CRT has started to impose cruising restrictions to save water and there are a number of infrastructure failures that are also restricting passage. Here’s a summary of those in place at the beginning of May (all ‘until further notice’):