We set off with apprehension as we had heard that the Crofton pump had failed and we couldn't get over the summit on the Kennet and Avon canal.. Tony on n.b Maria was on his own and only wanted to do a couple of difficult locks and a swingbridge, which was also hard to open.
We then carried on through the town of Newbury and it was lunchtime so it was a bit busy..
It's electric, and Al put the key in and pushed the button.. The barriers went down and then the bridge opened, but so slowly. People were waiting to cross and Del managed to squeeze through so Al could close it quicker, but the barriers wouldn't go up.. After a lot of resetting and people getting agitated, Al managed to get it to complete its sequence and we managed to move on..
Again the locks are quite tricky here, but slow is the easy way if you're on your own..