Guidance

River Thames: restrictions and closures

Navigation on the River Thames may be restricted or closed in certain areas. Find out where and when these restrictions and closures are.

As a result of prolonged strong stream conditions, many hazard marker buoys have been moved out of position. River and weather conditions may have also created new hazards.

Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, we cannot currently reposition or install marker buoys, or remove hazards. Boat movements should be restricted to essential journeys only. Any such journeys must be carried out with extreme caution.

Before boating on the River Thames, you should check the current river conditions.

River closures: updated 27 March 2020

When Where Whats happening
Tuesday 18 February 2020 until further notice Marsh Lock Marsh Lock tree blockage: Marsh Lock is currently closed to all boats as a large tree has been washed downstream and is blocking the upstream entrance/exit to the lock.
Friday 6 March 2020 until further notice Sunbury Lock Sunbury Lock emergency lock closure: passage through Sunbury Lock is closed until further notice due to a sunken boat above the lock cut.

River restrictions: updated 19 February 2020

When Where Whats happening
Monday 2 March to Saturday 28 March 2020 Clifton Lock Cut Clifton Lock Cut Bridge inspection: engineers will be using a mobile pontoon to access the underneath of the bridge. This will cause periodic disruption to navigation.
Monday 2 March to Saturday 28 March 2020 Boulters Lock tail Boulters Lock Bridge inspection: engineers will be using a mobile pontoon to access the underneath of the bridge. This will cause periodic disruption to navigation.
Monday 2 March to Saturday 28 March 2020 Sunbury Lock Cut Sunbury Lock Cut Bridge inspection: engineers will be using a mobile pontoon to access the underneath of the bridge. This will cause periodic disruption to navigation.
Sunday 5 April 2020, from 8am to 1pm Henley reach

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