Work starts at Boulters Lock

Locks along the Thames are being closed as work started on the Environment Agency's £1 million winter works programme.

Five locks closed on November 2nd with two more shut from January onwards.

But plans for Cookham lock to close for two months have been postponed because of problems with the design of the control system.

All the locks are due to be open again by March - some earlier.

Listed below are the locks closed - from the first date listed and will re-open on the day after the final date. 

St John's Lock November 2 to March 4.
Re-sheeting the head lock gates and repairing the tail lock gates

Godstow Lock November 2 to March 4. Re-sheeting the lock gates

Culham Lock November 2 to 4 March 4 Refurbishing the lock chamber

Day's Lock January 4 to February 26 Minor repairs to the lock chamber

Temple Lock November 2 to February 26 Refurbishing the lock chamber

Cookham Lock Proposed closure start date postponed from November 2 due to delays with the design of a new gate control system. When the design is completed, the EA still aim to undertake this work in this programme, provided there is sufficient time to complete it prior to Easter 2016.

Boulters Lock
November 2 to December 23 Re-sheeting the tail lock gates

Penton Hook Lock January 11 to 4 March 4.    

Link to map of planned closures

This programme is subject to change – for the most up-to-date version see

For the latest information you can also call the EA Floodline number on 0845 988 1188 or 0345 988 1188, select option 1 followed by quickdial number 011132.

Story dated November 1st 2015