Navigations re-open on the 1st June

Published: Wednesday, 13 May 2020

AFTER the government announcement today, Wednesday, Canal & River Trust will open its waterways on Monday 1st of June.

The Broads Authority has immediately acted and allowed pleasure cruising to resume on its waterways, with Canal & River Trust allowing use in three phases.

Short boating trips

From today private boaters are allowed to undertake only short boating trips—avoiding use of locks and any staff-operated structures if possibleproviding, as per current government guidance, they do not stay away from home overnight and return to their home mooring (where they have one).

From Saturday, 23rd May mooring exemptions will come to an end and the Trust’s guidance for continuous cruisers comes back in to force.  This doesn’t mean that every boat without a home mooring needs to move on this day, just that the Trust expects it to move off its current mooring within 14 days (i.e. by 6th June).

Boaters in a high-risk group who need to continue to shield or self-isolate can agree special arrangements with their licence support officer if they haven’t already done so.

Re-open in full

From Monday, 1st June the Trust anticipates that its navigations will re-open in full, subject to some local exceptions, making longer journeys possible.

According to current government guidance, those who do not liveaboard should not stay overnight. The Trust is seeking further clarification as to whether overnight stays will be permissible once full navigation resumes.

Richard Parry, Chief Executive of the Canal & River Trust, comments:

“I am delighted that government has enabled us to announce plans to start to get boating back to normal across English waterways.  We ask customers to make just short, local trips from today, with full navigation restored from 1st June, as it will take time to get the entire network fully operational, and booking for some passages and services will be required.

Some sections may be closed for a longer period and our website will be kept up to date with the latest information and advice. Please remember that social distancing continues to be maintained, with only members of your household able to go aboard your boat until further notice.”

Environmental Agency navigations

As yet there has been no intimation from the Environmental Agency that its measures to combat the coronavirus has been lifted in any way.