EA Waterways Manager Matt Carter, Lock Keeper Steve Newman, Tom Biggin of Peter Brett Associates, EA Commercial Operations Manager Mick Wheatley

The award for Best Lock on the River Thames 2012 has been won by Shepperton - for the second year running.

After being presented with the award lock keeper Steve Newman said: " A big thank you to all those who voted for Shepperton, the recognition makes all the hard work of myself and the team worthwhile.

“The Thames has always had a good reputation for its picturesque locks and lovely gardens and this competition can only enhance its reputation for being the best manned waterway in the world. Long may it continue!”

Although Shepperton Lock was a clear winner amongst the public whwo voted for the Thames Waterways Awards other locks were awarded commendations due to a high level of positive feedback from many people.

Locks given these special commendations were Bray, Hambleden, Goring and Eynsham locks, which were all singled out by river users.

Tom Biggin from awards sponsor Peter Brett Associates said: “We are proud to have sponsored this prestigious awards scheme for the second year running. Congratulations to all the lock staff along the river who make the Thames the special place that it is."

Matt Carter, Waterways Operations Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “These awards give members of the public an excellent chance to let us know how we are doing on the River Thames. We received some great feedback about our locks and waterways staff. A variety of people contribute to the overall customer experience - permanent staff, seasonal staff and volunteers.

“They are also a great opportunity to recognise the important work our staff carry out to keep the River Thames in good working condition for our all customers.”

Story dated May 18th 2013


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