Are you seeing Red when using a mechanised Lock on Freight Waterways

British Waterways issued this earlier and I thought it worth sharing.

Mechanised Locks – Freight Waterways NE

Tuesday 27 March 2012 until further notice
There have recently been a number of incidents involving vessels passing red traffic lights at mechanised locks, these locks are used by large freight vessels. This notice provides general advice on lock traffic lights in the NE Waterways and is intended to reduce the likelihood of vessel collision at the locks.


Red Fixed    Lock keeper in attendance – Do not enter lock. Wait for lights to change or contact lock keeper for advice
Red Flashing    Lock keeper not in attendance – Flood conditions do not proceed.  Red & Green    Lock keeper in attendance – Self operation not possible at this time. Lock under preparation await further signal or instruction from lock keeper
Amber    Lock keeper not in attendance – Lock set to self-operation. Leisure craft proceed with caution and self-operate the lock. Freight craft await instruction from lock keeper and do not enter lock unless instructed by the lock keeper.
Green    Lock keeper in attendance – Enter lock & follow lock keepers instructions. Self-operation not available at this time.

Lock gate and cooling towers. With normal water levels, the lock gates can be kept open continuously.  © Copyright Alan Murray-Rust and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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