Passage Through Dudley Tunnel

Take your boat through the tunnel

Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust are contracted by the Canal & River Trust to provide a free towing service to any vessel that requires a passage through Dudley Canal Tunnel as long as it is able to meet the minimum requirements for height and safety. Below are listed the Canal & River Trust guidelines that vessels must meet.

  • All boats MUST be gauged with a member of DCTT staff present
  • Boats must NOT be purposely ballasted down
  • Boats and passengers must comply with Waterways Regulations
  • Passage is via a free towing service or escorted during legging
  • All crew must adhere to the instructions of the Tug operator

For passage through the tunnel contact call us on 0121 557 6265 or email info@dudleycanaltrust.org.uk

IMPORTANT – for your own safety and the protection of the tunnel, on no account may you use this tunnel without prior arrangement with Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust.

Instructions for passage through the Dudley Canal Tunnel (2888 metres)

Instructions & dimensions guide for Dudley Canal Tunnel passage:

Do

Make sure your craft passes the clearance gauge – See the instructions download
Switch off your engine
Switch on your headlight
Make sure everybody stays inside the boat
Extinguish all naked flames except pilot lights
Everybody must wear a life jacket

Do Not

Smoke
Use cooking appliances
Use small unpowered craft
Use your engine under any circumstances
DO NOT ATTEMPT PASSAGE THROUGH THE DUDLEY CANAL TUNNEL WITHOUT NOTIFYING DUDLEY CANAL AND TUNNEL TRUST

Towing

You will be briefed by the tug crew before you are towed through.
For your safety, please comply with their instructions.

If the tug crew consider your boat suitable, you may leg through the tunnel accompanied by the tug.

Legging

If you wish to leg your boat through the tunnel you must book passage with Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust.

The tunnel is 2.8km / 1¾ miles long and it will take you about two and a half hours to leg right through.

There are parts of the tunnel which are too wide to leg and you will need to shaft the boat through in these sections; the diagram shows you where you can leg.

Not all boats are suitable for legging and you must abide by the decision of the tunnel tug crew, who will accompany you in any event.

 

For more information, download our Tunnel Passage guide.