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CCTV REQUIRED TO AVOID POTENTIAL MAJOR ACCIDENT.They have been installed this week and should start being used in earnest tomorrow. Only at the lower end so that the lockie will not need to leave the pedestal to see if boats are waiting.
The lock has now been signed off to provide assisted passage.
Hambleden lock keeper power allows remote gate opening. Bloody dangerous specially in a big lock but it works and I have seen Simon use it quite recently. He does keep an eye on things though to be fair.What ever solution you come up with the duty lock keeper has to able to see clearly any boats waiting or approaching the lock gates. This why at locks you cannot close the lock gates from the pedestal at the opposite end of the lock. You cannot see what is in the water before closing the gate.
Do they go round in a loop and wave at you again??Paid personal visit to Boulters this morning. Lock being capably manned and traffic signals working correctly. Good to see so many boaters I know passing thru in both directions.
Your question is well put.After talking to the regular lock keeper last week regarding the issue, it seems that the traffic light system is being deployed to protect the lockeeper from the risk of contracting Covid 19. With constant amounts of people standing above him when he has to go under the bridge there is a real risk of an infected person coughing or sneezing over him at some point. As for those of us that use the lock and pass under with someone doing the same thing, that's our risk I guess?