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River Thames in line for £3.8m improvement works

image captionThe work will see a number of locks temporarily closed

The River Thames is to benefit from a £3.8m upgrade.

New lock gates, better mooring sites and improved non-powered boat access will be created later this year.

Eighteen structures will benefit in all with the largest projects at Hurley and Sandford in Berkshire, where locks will get £1.5m worth of improvements.

The work, across Oxfordshire, Surrey, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, will see 15 locks affected by temporary closures between October and March.

Paul Power, from the Environment Agency, said: "Following six years of hard work and continued investment the navigation infrastructure along the River Thames is in good shape.

"We have a full programme of works this year and I'm sure boaters and other visitors will enjoy the improvements next boating season and for many years to come."

A map detailing all the work has been posted on the River Thames website and will be regularly updated.

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