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Near-misses prompt safety action on Grand Western Canal

The Grand Western Canal Country Park has introduced new safety measures, after reports of several near-misses by towpath users around the popular horse-drawn barge service at the Tiverton end of the canal.

A 3 mile long ‘horse-drawn barge operating zone’ – the UK's first – is now indicated by new signs at either end of the zone, with smaller versions of the sign at towpath access points.

The near-misses occurred in particular under some of the bridges in recent years, when other towpath users acted dangerously or unwittingly around the barge horse.

New signs have also been introduced to encourage more considerate behaviour among cyclists, encouraging them to dismount and walk under the canal’s bridges.

Tuesday 6 August  | Andrew Denny  | 2.18pm, Tuesday 6 August 2019

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