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Closure Gloucester Lock
Gloucester Lock closed until further notice due to 'structural failure' (15 Jan updated 24 Mar).
Source: Canal & River Trust.
Very good bores expected around Spring tides 20 - 24 Mar.
River Severn, Goucester and Sharpness Canal.
Opening hours until 25 Mar 2019 are from 0800 - 1600 hours.
From 01 Nov 2018 until 27 Mar 2019 locks and bridges will be closed on Tues and Weds.
(Gloucester Lock, Llanthony, Hempstead Bridges close for rush hour road traffic between 0820-0900 and 1630 - 1730 weekdays. Fretherne Bridge closed 0820 - 0900 school term times).
Source: Canal & River Trust.
River Severn Levels
For up-to-date river levels and/or flood warnings at specific sites, refer to the Environment Agency.
For real-time data on river depths and flow (with many cameras) on all inland waterways in England and Wales see ShootHill GaugeMap
Caution : river levels can rise very rapidly after heavy rain anywhere in the large Severn catchment area. For lock availability, contact Lock Keeper by VHF or telephone.
For boating formulas you once knew but may have forgotten see Boating Formulas.
Online quiz to test your boating knowledge.
Bulk Freight transport
Cemex continue shipping sand and gravel aggregate on the River Severn to their processing plant at Ryall's House Farm quarry. Sand and gravel is being transported from a new quarry and wharf at Ryall's Court to the north of Upton.
For photographs see freight transport
Droitwich Barge Canal/River Severn
Barge Canal has access from River Severn north east of Bevere Lock. Air draught is very restricted and access to the inland canal system only possible for narrow boats.
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If you transmit on VHF your boat name, owner and licence details, and call sign can be checked on the official database.
For locality specific weather forecasts go to Bristol Channel or Severn Boating Links.
Change of VHF Radio Frequencies
HM Coastguard now uses
Channels 62, 63 and 64 for transmission of MSI and radio medical advice
Marine Safety Information
Voice VHF for Bristol Channel broadcast at 3 hour intervals starting at 0150 hours. Severn bridge aerial on VHF channel 64.
Source: Marine & Coastguard Agency.
Sea Locks Sharpness and Bristol
Heavily tide dependent; lock and swing bridges require prior arrangement by telephone or VHF.
Most other sea locks in the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel are dependent on the tides. For information see relevant links under Bristol Channel ('major shipping...') and Severn Links ('nautical matters')
New Moon 06 Mar Full Moon 21 Mar.
Spring tides occur two days after new or full moon.
British Summer Time
BST commences Sun 31 Mar
For online daily tide times at Avonmouth and other locations in Bristol Channel see under 'Nautical Matters' in Severn boating links
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