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Gate doesn’t open far enough to get off busy road

Reported via mobile in the Gate - Damaged/ Missing category anonymously at 20:10, Sunday 18 September 2022

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 3833256.

The gate is downhill and hasn’t a proper bridleway handle but the main issue is that it doesn’t open wide enough to get through unscathed. It is about 4ft off the road but also just on a hump back bridge so the gate needs to be easily opened as the horses bum is on the road and people coming in the opposite direction over the bridge may not see you.

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault. Officers will now investigate the concerns and this may take up to 5 working days. If you believe that your concerns are urgent then please phone us.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 20:10, Sunday 18 September 2022

  • Investigation: Ongoing

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 18:56, Thursday 22 September 2022

  • Investigation: Completed (Highways to Monitor, Routine Inspection Programme) - Thanks for reporting this a site visit has been made and we are currently still investigating and will respond back to you within the next 7 days with what action is going to be taken.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 12:39, Monday 26 September 2022

  • Investigation: Ongoing (Highways to Monitor, Routine Inspection Programme)

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 12:46, Monday 26 September 2022

  • Visited by the British Hose Society Access Field Officer 9 October. Please update as 'closed' status does not indicate action taken by Highways. This bridleway gate is set too close to a 60mph road beside a hump backed canal bridge so must be easy to open and have sufficient refuge off road. There is insufficient space for one horse so any groups of riders would be waiting on the road and unseen by MPV's approaching. The gate should be 2 way opening - it currently opens uphill only so risks catching the horse and rider as it does not open to 90 degrees and closes too quickly. A hunters handle should be fitted to the gate to enable horse riders to open the gate with one hand whether mounted or from the ground. The vegetation around the gate needs to be cut back to improve manoeuvring space, refuge and sightlines. Please see our guidance re gates and gate installation available from: https://www.bhs.org.uk/ go-riding/ leaflets-and-downloads/

    Posted by Wendy Bannerman at 10:50, Monday 10 October 2022

  • Visited by the British Hose Society Access Field Officer 9 October. Please update as 'closed' status does not indicate action taken by Highways. This bridleway gate is set too close to a 60mph road beside a hump backed canal bridge so must be easy to open and have sufficient refuge off road. There is insufficient space for one horse so any groups of riders would be waiting on the road and unseen by MPV's approaching. The gate should be 2 way opening - it currently opens uphill only so risks catching the horse and rider as it does not open to 90 degrees and closes too quickly. A hunters handle should be fitted to the gate to enable horse riders to open the gate with one hand whether mounted or from the ground. The vegetation around the gate needs to be cut back to improve manoeuvring space, refuge and sightlines. Please see our guidance re gates and gate installation available from: https://www.bhs.org.uk/ go-riding/ leaflets-and-downloads/

    Posted by Wendy Bannerman at 10:52, Monday 10 October 2022

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