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Canal locks will be opened with smartphones

Canal boat users will soon be able to open bridges with their smartphones.

Locks could soon be opened by using a smart phone app Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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.

It's great to be bringing this innovative, exciting technology to Gloucestershire's historic canal.

– Nick Worthington, waterway manager at the Canal & River Trust