Canal boat on Gloucester to Sharpness Canal
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Canal bridge app trial begins on Gloucester to Sharpness Canal

A new mobile phone app is being trialled in Gloucestershire that allows boaters to open bridges themselves rather than having to wait for a bridge keeper.

The Canal and River Trust claims it is the first time the technology has been used in Europe.

If the trial on the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal is successful all bridges on the waterway will become automated.