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Detailed guide: River Thames conditions, closures, restrictions and lock closures

Environment Agency

November 7
10:44 2019

River conditions

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River closures: updated 7 November 2019

When Where Whats happening
Saturday 9 November 2019, from 10am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 3:30pm Teddington reach Kingston Small Boats Head: the river between Hampton Court Bridge and 250 metres below Stevens Ait will be closed to all traffic other than authorised boats during the stated times.
Saturday 16 November 2019, from 10am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 3:30pm Teddington reach Teddington Head: the river between Hampton Court Bridge and the head of Trowlock Island will be closed to all traffic other than authorised boats during the stated times.
Saturday 30 November 2019, from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm Molesey reach Hampton Small Boats Head: the river 500 metres downstream of Sunbury Lock to 500 metres downstream of Platts Eyot will be closed to all traffic other than authorised boats during the stated times.
Sunday 1 December 2019, from 9:45am to 11:15am Teddington reach Royal Canoe Club 10@10: the River Thames between Trowlock Island and Kingston Bridge will be closed to all traffic other than authorised boats during the stated times.
Sunday 1 December 2019, from 10am to midday and 1pm to 3pm Cleeve reach Wallingford Head of the River: boats cannot navigate anywhere on the River Thames between Moulsford Railway Bridge and Wallingford Bridge.
Saturday 1 February 2020, from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm Molesey reach Hampton Head: the River Thames from 500 metres downstream of Sunbury Lock to 500 metres downstream of Platts Eyot will be closed to all traffic other than authorised boats during the stated times.

River restrictions: updated 7 November 2019

When Where Whats happening
Saturday 9 November 2019, from 9am to 4pm Henley reach Henley Sculls Head Race: the navigation channel will be along the centre of the river. All non-racing boat traffic must pass on the Buckinghamshire, Fawley Court, right side of Temple Island.
Sunday 10 November 2019, from midday to 6pm Iffley reach Autumn Fours: in between races a clear navigation channel will be in place along the centre of the river.
Friday 15 November 2019, from 1pm to 4:30pm Iffley reach Nephthys Regatta: in between races a clear navigation channel will be in place along the centre of the river.
Saturday 16 November 2019, from 9:30am to 4:30pm Iffley reach Nephthys Regatta: in between races a clear navigation channel will be in place along the centre of the river.
Wed 27 to Fri 29 November 2019, from midday to 5pm and Sat 30 November 2019, from 11am to 5pm Iffley reach Christ Church Regatta: in between races a clear navigation channel will be in place along the centre of the river.
Sunday 1 December 2019, from 1pm to 5pm Iffley reach Isis Winter League: in between racing divisions a clear navigation channel will be in place along the centre of the river.
Saturday 14 December 2019, from 9am to 4pm Sunbury reach Walton Small Boats Head: the navigation will be on the old river and Middlesex, right hand side of the river and Desborough Channel will be closed for normal navigation.
Saturday 18 January 2020, from 10:15am to 3pm Sunbury reach Weybridge Winter Head: the navigation channel will be on the Middlesex, right hand side of the river and the old river around Desborough Island.
Sunday 26 January 2020, from 1pm to 5pm Iffley reach Isis Winter League: in between racing divisions a clear navigation channel will be in place along the centre of the river.
Sunday 9 February 2020, from 1pm to 5pm Iffley reach Isis Winter League: in between racing divisions a clear navigation channel will be in place along the centre of the river.
Saturday 15 February 2020, from 9am to 4pm Henley reach Henley Fours and Eights Head Race: the navigation channel will be along the centre of the river. All non-racing boat traffic must pass on the Buckinghamshire, Fawley Court, right side of Temple Island.

Planned lock closures: updated 26 September 2019

The Environment Agency carries out a programme of works on the River Thames every year between October and Easter. This often results in the closure of a number of locks for relatively long periods.

So that river users can plan their winter cruising and boat movements well in advance, the Environment Agency publishes the first issue of their programme of works in August each year.

This programme of work is subject to change, due to weather and other circumstances. Revised issues of the programme of works are published throughout the winter, so customers can keep up to date. To receive this information, sign up to the email update service by emailing riverthames@environment-agency.gov.uk

Listed below are the locks that will be closed during the 2019 to 2020 investment programme. The locks will be closed from the first date listed and re-open on the day after the final date:

When Where Whats happening
4 November 2019 to 6 December 2019 Hambleden Lock Replacing tail layby fender timbers, including an additional line of fenders at the raised section of the layby.
11 November 2019 to 20 December 2019 Sandford Lock Installing new fenders on head and tail laybys and tail bullnose.
18 November 2019 to 24 January 2020 Shifford Lock Reconstructing the lock side concrete. Replacing the bullnose timbers. Replacing head layby fenders.
25 November 2019 to 24 December 2019 Whitchurch Lock Refurbishing the lock chamber wa

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