All 4 of our tidal locks (West Stockwith, Cromwell, Torksey, Boston) have the same core hours, which are: 7:00am to 9:00pm in Summer (the earlier of Good Friday or 1st April to 30th September) and 8:00am to 4:00pm in Winter.
Cromwell will operate at all times within these core hours.
Torksey and West Stockwith will operate with the tides and shift patterns will be arranged accordingly to suit these, within the core hours. Typical shifts will be 6 hours in winter and 8 hours in summer. Occasionally we will operate Boston, West Stockwith and Torksey slightly before 8am or slightly after 4pm in winter if there is a suitable tide and this will be recognised in shift patterns.
Any passage required outside of these hours should be booked at least 5 working days in advance through the office at Newark (01636 675732 / 0303 040 4040) and is subject to staff availability.
At Boston, as passage is limited to specific windows of opportunity, we propose to staff the lock for a maximum of 6 hours on any day. The actual hours of staffing each day will be designed to maximise the opportunity to use the lock.
In an emergency, the out of hours call out number 0800 47 999 47 is available.
Actual shift patterns are published at the locks and on the notices section of our website.