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News article created on 2 June 2015

Online survey on plans for Gloucestershire's bridges open

An online survey asking Gloucestershire residents and canal users for their views on proposed changes to 14 of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal’s lift and swing bridges has opened.

We have launched the survey as part of a consultation on plans to install remote control technology on the canal bridges over the next two and a half years.

The survey follows a series of meetings with key stakeholders including the emergency services, councillors, local residents and boaters.  The plans would see the canal bridges opened via remote control, either from an app on the boater’s smart-device or by a new Bridge Control Centre, with restrictions in place during periods of heavy traffic.

Have your say

Nick Worthington, waterway manager at the Trust, said: “We’re about halfway through the consultation now and we’ve had a lot of interest from people in the area. We're now inviting canal users and road users of the bridges to take a short survey to give us their thoughts. It takes around 5 to 10 minutes to complete, depending on how much you'd like to say. We’re also asking for views on extending the canal opening times.

“This survey is a chance for anyone who hasn’t had their say yet to have a look at the plans and get involved.  Once we’ve got all of the information together, we can start going through it and report back ahead of the next stage of the project.”

The survey will run until the 30th of June. To find out more about the plans and take part in the survey, please visit canalrivertrust.org.uk/gsbridges.