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Section 3: Handrails on Gates

As in this photo, these should pass along the gate, following the length of the walkway and lead down to the step. They should be of a convenient height and not too thick to grip
This non-continuous example recently fitted on the Leicester Section is not at all suitable. As well as being disjointed it is too thick in diameter
Some handrails pass from the mitre and stop short at the paddle post, relying on the paddle spindle to cover the rest of the walkway. These are not satisfactory, as it requires a change of grip part way along and is in most cases too low

When the handrail is spaced away in this manner it gives more room to cross over the beam, especially when gate paddles are fitted