Canal boat users will soon be able to open bridges with their smartphones.
The Canal and River Trust has unveiled plans to convert 14 bridges which are currently hand-operated into remote-controlled systems.
Boaters will be able to use a smart phone app to contact a control centre which will raise the bridges to allow their vessels to pass through.
The system will be deployed to 14 low bridges on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, with the first due to go into operation in August.
Twelve full-time bridge keepers who currently operate the bridges and 17 seasonal staff will now be deployed into other roles within the trust.
Locks on the country's historic network of canals are opened and closed about five million times a year. That's hard work for canal users so an appeal has gone out for volunteer lock keepers. Bob Crampton has been to Caen Hill locks in Wiltshire to find out more.
A multi million pound scheme is being proposed using water from the west to help people in the south. Water is badly needed in south east England because of a drought. One idea is to pump water from the River Severn along canals to the River Thames. Ken Goodwin reports.