Poole’s Twin Sails Bridge to remain on summer lifting schedule through winter (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Poole’s Twin Sails Bridge to remain on summer lifting schedule through winter
IT IS forever summer as far as Poole’s Twin Sails Bridge is concerned, which has adopted the busy time lifting schedule throughout the year.
To the delight of mariners the bridge will not be reverting to the winter timings this month, with its fewer lifts.
And while during the summer there are virtually hourly lifts from 5.30am to 11.15pm, compared with 12 in winter, drivers will not face a huge difference as the bridge will only lift when marine traffic is waiting to pass between the quay and Holes Bay.
John Rice, engineering and maintenance manager, Borough of Poole, said: “Over the summer, the lifting schedule for Poole’s two bridges has worked really well.
“Mariners are happy with how the two bridge system works and the schedule has caused minimal disruption to road users, as the bridges only lift when vessels need to pass through.”
He said: “Poole Harbour Commissioners and Cobbs Quay are satisfied that the schedule can cope with large numbers of vessels passing through the bridges at peak times, but is also flexible enough to manage lower levels of boat movements.
“During this year’s Bournemouth Air Festival there was a significant increase in the number of vessel movements and we were pleased that this weekend passed without incident.
“As the summer lifting schedule has been so successful, the Bridges Operating Board has recommended that it should remain in place for the winter months, as the number of boat move-ments tend to be less frequent and the bridges only lift when required.”
The two bridge system has been operating for 18 months and the winter schedule would normally come into use on October 1.
Both Lance Murdoch, assistant manager at Davis’s Boatyard at Hamworthy and Jonathan Saunders, chairman of Cobbs Quay Marina Berth Holders Association have welcomed the continuation of the schedule.
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