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News article created on 6 February 2014

Thousands tune in to new ‘Gloucester Docks TV’

New digital technology that enables people to see Gloucester’s waterways from their own homes has proved a success, with over 14,000 ‘hits’ on a website that streams live footage of the city’s docks and river.

Together with Farson Digital we've installed cameras in Gloucester Docks and on Gloucester Lock to help boaters and anglers look at conditions before deciding on a visit. The footage includes real-time video feeds, a searchable archive of images and data including river heights and weather.

Crucially, the cameras also enable us to monitor water levels, which is essential to helping to ensure people can use the water safely.

The cameras were installed on 22 January following success of those used in other parts of the South West. Anyone wanting to tune in can go to:

Nick Worthington, waterway manager for South Wales & Severn, said: “Gloucester’s waterways are extremely popular. People often come from a long way away to fish or boat in the city, so the cameras mean they can now check conditions before setting off. They are also very useful to us as the people who look after navigation on the canal and river, because we can constantly monitor water levels at these key locations. They are just another way we want to make the waterways in the city more open to visitors and the local community.”