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Anger at 'lack of information' as major route in Poole remains closed

There is no sign of when the bridge might re-open Photo: ITV Meridian

Businesses and residents in Dorset are angry at the 'lack of information' about when a major route in Poole will reopen.

The £37 million Twin Sails Bridge, which links the town with Hamworthy, has been closed for nearly two weeks.

It has a technical fault with its lifting system and there is no sign of when it could re-open.

Engineers are working to fix the fault Credit: ITV Meridian

The Twin Sails Bridge has been out of operation due to a problem affecting the lifting mechanism on the Hamworthy side of the bridge. Since then the council has been working with its engineering sub-contractors to investigate the fault.

"Following initial inspections, the advice from the sub-contractor is that the council should not operate the bridge until further, more detailed inspection of the lifting mechanism can be carried out.

"Until this complex piece of work is carried out, we are unable to give a clearer indication of the options and timescales for reopening the bridge.

"In the meantime we would encourage road users to use Poole Bridge which is operating as normal. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause."

– Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole
There are concerns the extra traffic is adding more stress onto the old Poole Bridge Credit: ITV Meridian

Concerns have been raised about the added stress on the old Poole Bridge where traffic is currently being diverted.

The closure has caused problems for local businesses.

The sales manager of a boatyard located near the Twin Sails Bridge says the diversion adds up to an extra hour and a half onto every job.

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