BW Urges Boaters to Plan Ahead to Enjoy London's Waterways During the Olympics

Issue Date: 27th September 2011

British Waterways is urging boaters to plan ahead to make sure they can continue to enjoy London’s waterways during next summer, when restrictions to navigation and use of the waterways will be put in place during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The restrictions are part of measures put in place by the Metropolitan Police Service, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and other security partners to support the wider safety and security operation for the Games.

Boaters who want to use the waterways during the Games should ensure they are aware of the following restrictions and plan accordingly:

  • From 3rd July to 10th September 2012 a mooring control zone will be in place on: The Regent’s Canal, from Little Venice to Limehouse Basin; Hertford Union Canal; Limehouse Cut; River Lee Navigation from Bow Locks to above Hackney Marshes (Lea Bridge Road). Anyone who doesn’t have a home mooring or hasn’t pre-booked a visitor mooring will be asked to leave these zones for the duration of this period.
  • From 24th June to 10th September 2012 moorings will also be temporarily suspended along a short section of the River Lee Navigation between the A12 and the A11 road bridge in Bromley-by-Bow, and a short section of the eastern end of the Hertford Union Canal, in Hackney Wick.
  • In addition to temporary mooring restrictions, there will also be restrictions to boat movements in this area, from the 3rd July to 10th September 2012. Boaters wishing to travel along the River Lee Navigation through the area will be required to pre-book passage during two daily navigation windows, from 6-9am and then from 7-9pm.
  • From 3rd July to 10th September 2012 both the Hertford Union Bottom Lock and Commercial Road Lock on the Regent’s Canal will also be closed.

Boat owners wishing to pre-book a passage through the restricted area on the River Lee Navigation should email or call 0207 985 7200. Boaters should book at least one week in advance of their intended travel date.

For information about mooring in and around central London during summer 2012 boaters should visit

IWA is continuing to make representations concerning the proposed closure of Commercial Road Lock as it is the key access to the Thames for boaters in central London.