Canals and Rivers around London during the Olympics

Issue date: 13 July 2011

Previous concerns raised by IWA and other waterway organisations that the Lee Navigation would be cut off for an indeterminate time owing to Olympic security precautions, have been allayed slightly by the news that British Waterways has managed to agree with security agencies that pre booked daily passage will be available to allow access on and off the Lee via the Thames during the Olympics. The times are yet to be finalised but 0600-0900 and 1700-1900 is understood to be currently  proposed. The dates that restrictions will apply are likely to be 20th June to 10th September.

Those craft with a pre booked mooring on the Lee should be aware that they will be expected to come through London prior to the Olympics and will stay on the upper part of the Lee until they drop down onto their booked berth and leave at the end of the games.

The Lee can be closed by the police at any time up to and during the games if the security threat level increases.

Navigation at the Waltham Cross site will be suspended during the White Water events, over the 29th July to 1st August.

The network will be fully re-opened the day after the closing ceremony for the Paralympics on 10th September.

For more detailed information on dates for the restrictions please see