Environmental management – guidance

River Medway: conditions, closures and restrictions

River conditions, reach closures and restrictions affecting boaters on the River Medway.

River conditions

Current condition on the River Medway:

Red: strong stream warning (effective from 1pm Thursday 23 June 2016).

What the conditions mean

  • Red: strong stream. We advise users of all boats not to navigate because the strong flows make it difficult and dangerous.
  • Green: all clear. No stream warnings are in force, all boats can navigate the river freely.

This web page will only be updated during business hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Outside these hours, customers should call Allington Lock on 01622 752864 for the latest stream information.

River closures

There are currently no unplanned closures on the River Medway. See planned lock closures and river draining for 2015.

River restrictions

When Where What’s happening
From 8 June 2015 Town Lock, Tonbridge All mariners should note that there will be landscaping works to the lockside at Town Lock. There maybe times when access to the Medway Wharf Road side of the lock may be restricted. However, access to lock and temporary landing stages either side will be available at all times. Please follow the instruction signs or the directions of the on site contractor.
Start delayed Medway Valley Line railway embankment in Tovil There will be works to strengthen the embankment approximately 300 metres upstream of Tovil footbridge. Mariners are to be aware of a large crane lifting the floating construction equipment into the river from the cinema site in Maidstone. There will be a temporary platform for the works 300 metres above the Tovil footbridge. Sufficient room will be left to pass.
Monday 14 March to Friday 18 March Oak Weir Lock to East Lock As part of our winter inspections, we have discovered some faulty control valves at Oak Weir Lock Sluice Gate. These valves are used to manage navigation water levels in this section of the river. To enable their repair, the Upper Medway Navigation Team will be lowering the water level between Oak Weir Lock and East Lock
Sunday 10 April 2016 Foot bridges in Whatman Park in Maidstone The race will commence at approximately 14:00 hours and will involve the deployment of approximately 3,000 yellow plastic ducks into the river. A team of canoeists will marshal the ducks to ensure they do not encroach more than one third into the navigable channel and to ensure they are all collected after the race is complete. Mariners are requested to pass with care while the event is taking place.

For more information on the Town Lock restrictions click here Works at Town Lock, Tonbridge - Notice to mariners (PDF, 74.9KB, 1 page)

Notice to Mariners - Notice 09 of 2015 - Lock closures and river draining 2016 Notice to Mariners - Notice 09 of 2015 Lock closures and river draining 2016 (PDF, 68.6KB, 1 page)

Notice to Mariners - Notice 02 of 2016 - Oak Weir Lock Notice to Mariners 02 of 2016 (PDF, 70.1KB, 1 page)

Notice to Mariners - Notice 03 of 2016 - Duck race at Whatmore Park Notice to Mariners 3 of 2016 (PDF, 56.8KB, 1 page)

Planned lock closures

There are no current planned closures on the River Medway.

River levels

Find out about river levels on the Medway.

Email updates

The Environment Agency sends email updates on planned River Medway closures and restrictions. To subscribe to this service, email allington.lock@environment-agency.gov.uk with ‘subscribe to notice to mariners’ in the subject line.