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

Environment Agency

December 6
18:17 2019

River conditions

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River closures: updated 6 December 2019

When Where Whats happening
Tuesday 26 November 2019 until further notice Caversham reach Mapledurham Lock emergency closure: a tree has fallen in to the river and is blocking the approach to Mapledurham Lock.
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.
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.
Saturday 15 February 2020, from 10am to 4pm Molesey reach Molesey Veteran Head: the river between Sunbury Lock and Garricks Ait will be closed to all traffic other than authorised boats during the stated times.
Saturday 14 March 2020, from 10am to midday and 1:30pm to 3:30pm Teddington reach Kingston Head of the River Race: the river between Hampton Court Bridge to 250 metres downstream of Stevens Eyot will be closed to all traffic other than authorised boats during the stated times.

River restrictions: updated 6 December 2019

When Where Whats happening
Monday 9 December to Friday 20 December 2019 Molesey reach Taggs Island contractor work: contractors works at Taggs Island in the Surrey, left hand channel. Navigation may be restricted by the presence of a floating platform and/or other equipment. Masters of all boats to maintain a safe speed and lookout between Molesey Lock and the tail of Taggs Island..
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.
Saturday 22 February 2020, from 8am to 4pm Chertsey reach Burway Rowing Club Head: the navigation channel will be on the Middlesex, right hand side of the river.

Planned lock closures: updated 27 November 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 28 February 2020 Hambleden Lock Replacing tail layby fender timbers, including an additional line of fenders at the raised section of the layby. The tail layby is currently unsafe to use therefore it, and the lock, will remain closed for the duration of this updated closure. Lock passage maybe possible when a lock keeper is on duty.
18 November 2019 to 31 January 2020 Shifford Lock Reconstructing the lock side concrete. Replacing the bullnose timbers. Replacing head layby fenders.
22 November 2019 to 31 January 2020 Sandford Lock Installing new fenders on head and tail laybys and tail bullnose.
9 December 2019 to 31 January 2020 Whitchurch Lock Refurbishing the lock chamber walls. Reconstructing the head bullnose (approach wall).
14 January 2020 to 14 February 2020 Rushey Lock Creating a new head layby walkway and reconstructing the water point building on the layby.
No lock closure required Culham Lock Widening and refurbishing the mooring bank at the head lock cut visitor moorings to improve access. Works will now take place from land.

Here is a map showing the above closures.

Keep up to date

Get the latest river information before you go boating. Call the Environment Agency Floodline on 0345 988 1188 and select option 1 for river information for boaters. When prompted enter one of the quick dial numbers below for the area of the river you want to hear about:

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Quick dial codes Area Description
415000 Upstream of St Johns Lock to Radcot Lock St Johns to Radcot locks, including Buscot and Grafton locks
415001 Rushey to Godstow Lock Rushey to Godstow locks, including Shifford, Northmoor, Pinkhill, Eynsham and Kings locks
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