Closures and works

For the latest information on timescales for outstanding works please contact the office on 01252 370073 or [email protected]

Tree survey

Ongoing tree works in Hampshire as result of survey already carried out.

Undertaking work: contractor

Location: High priority areas along whole canal

Date: Ongoing

Effects on towpath or other facility: Towpath not effected with minor cordoned off areas or banksman controlled stoppages as required. Please obey contractor's instructions during tree surgery operations.

Effects on navigation: Potentially a work barge in channel - slow, prepare to stop and obey contractor’s instructions if necessary.

Status: Ongoing

Annual lock gate replacement, upper gates at lock 10

Undertaking work: BCA staff

Location: St Johns lock 10

Date: February 2024 - TBC

Effects on towpath or other facility: Towpath either not affected or only very temporary closure. Follow on-site instructions from signage or staff.

Effects on navigation: St Johns flight closed to Navigation for approximately 1 week.

Culvert surveys

Undertaking work: contractor

Location: Various along canal

Date: TBC

Effects on towpath or other facility: Potential short closures with local signage or diversion.

Effects on navigation: Contractor may deploy boat / barge or pumping equipment in channel. Slow and be prepared to stop on contractor’s instruction.

Status: Part delivered - awaiting contractor update

Scotland Road piling replacement project

Undertaking work: SCC Land and Property / contractor

Location: Offside above lock 2 by houseboats

Date: TBC

Effects on towpath or other facility: Possibly temporary stoppages during lifting operations or diversions in place.

Effects on navigation: Possible temporary closures of Navigation. However, canal will remain in water. Follow onsite signage or instruction from contractors when Navigation is open.

Status: Delayed - awaiting update from SCC

Lock 26 - 24 - Paddle chambers

Undertaking work: contractor

Location: Deepcut flight

Date: TBC

Effect on towpath or other facility: Short diversion over bridge.

Effects on navigation: Deepcut flight closed.

Status: confirming start date with contractor

Sluice gate replacement

Undertaking work: contractor

Location: North Warnborough

Date: November 2023

Effects on towpath or other facility: Temporary closure and diversion

Effects on navigation: Navigation closed for powered craft due to coffer dam in channel – approx. 2 weeks; unpowered craft please stop and await contractor’s instructions to proceed.

Status: On track

Offside vegetation cutting

Undertaking work: BCA staff and BSC volunteers

Location: Off-side vegetation cutting on priority areas of the canal.

Date: December 2023 - February 2024

Effects on towpath or other facility: Towpath not effected with minor cordoned off areas as required.

Effects on navigation: Workboat with chipper in channel – slow and obey staff instructions.

Towpath vegetation cutting (Tractor Flail and ride-on brushcutter)

Undertaking work: BCA staff

Location: Covering as much towpath length as possible depending on staff availability.

Date: December 2023 – February 2024

Effects on towpath or other facility: Towpath access will be temporarily suspended during certain operations – please obey operator’s signage or instructions and wait for instructions to proceed.

Effects on navigation: No Effect – unpowered boats should keep to the offside of the channel where possible when passing tractor mounted flail cutter.

Ash Aqueduct relining

Undertaking work: SCC Highways/contractor

Location: Ash Aqueduct / A331

Date: Postponed to Winter 2024

Effects on towpath or other facility: TBC

Effects on navigation: Closed - Ash Lock to Ash Wharf for 4 months

Status: Awaiting SCC confirmation

Heath Vale bridge - repainting of the bridge

Undertaking work: SCC Highways/contractor

Location: Heath Vale bridge

Date: Winter 2023 - March 2024

Effects on towpath or other facility: Navigation - closed. Towpath - TBC

Effects on navigation: Working pontoon in channel

Bank protection works at Mytchett Lake

Undertaking work: contractor

Location: Mytchett Lake

Date: Winter 2023/24

Effects on towpath or other facility: Towpath access will be temporarily suspended during certain operations – please obey contractor’s instructions and wait for instructions to proceed.

Effects on navigation: Work barge in channel - slow, prepare to stop and obey contractor’s instructions.

Sluice gate replacement

Undertaking work: contractor

Location: Norris Sluice

Date: Winter 2023/24

Effects on towpath or other facility: Temporary closure and diversion

Effects on navigation: Navigation closed for powered craft due to coffer dam in channel – approximately 4-6 weeks; unpowered craft please stop and await contractor’s instructions to proceed.

Status: Delayed - seeking consents

Sluice gate replacement

Undertaking work: contractor

Location: Farnborough Road, Aldershot

Date: Winter 2023/24

Effects on towpath or other facility: Possible towpath closure and diversion.

Effects on navigation: TBC

Mytchett Lake Road Bridge - stop plank groove installation

Undertaking work: contractor

Location: Mytchett Place Bridge

Date: January 2024 - March 2024 TBC

Effects on towpath or other facility: Closure of towpath expected at Mytchett Lake Bridge. Diversion routes will be in place.

Effects on navigation: TBC - approximately one month closure

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