UPDATE: Part of Poole's Twin Sails bridge blown loose and one lane closed to traffic

Bournemouth Echo: Part of Poole's Twin sails bridge blown loose Part of Poole's Twin sails bridge blown loose

A PART of Poole's Twin Sails bridge has been blown loose by the stormy winds and is being held in place by a crane.

A Poole council spokesman said one of the steel 'totems' on the Hamworthy side has come loose but engineers are on site re-securing the totem.

One lane has been temporarily closed to traffic while these works are carried out as a crane is being used to support the totem.

The four 7-metre high curved stainless steel totems house the safety barriers, warning lights and operating systems for the Twin Sails Bridge.

Road users are being directed over Poole Bridge by electronic message signs in the area.

A spokesperson from Poole Council said they expect the work will take most of the day as they will check all the other totems to ensure they are safe.  

 

 

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12:12pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BarrHumbug says...

You think thats bad, look what the wind has done to the railings!
You think thats bad, look what the wind has done to the railings! BarrHumbug

12:14pm Tue 7 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
You think thats bad, look what the wind has done to the railings!
I was thinking exactly the same!
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: You think thats bad, look what the wind has done to the railings![/p][/quote]I was thinking exactly the same! hooplaa

12:35pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Baywolf says...

How many millions? How many awards? ...really?
How many millions? How many awards? ...really? Baywolf

12:37pm Tue 7 Jan 14

hamworthygirl says...

Its a joke just gets worse really
Its a joke just gets worse really hamworthygirl

12:38pm Tue 7 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Has anything 'blown over' on the very old, tired but reliable Poole lifting bridge our grandfathers and great-grandfathers built long, long ago - only asking......
Has anything 'blown over' on the very old, tired but reliable Poole lifting bridge our grandfathers and great-grandfathers built long, long ago - only asking...... muscliffman

1:45pm Tue 7 Jan 14

cyco44 says...

I was crossing the bridge the other day and was nearly blown over onto those stainless steel railings which have very sharp edges. I dread to think of the damage they could do to a persons skull! Who on earth passed these railings as a safe "feature" to put on the edge of a public highway! Where were all the health and safety people when the plans were passed, were they asleep? I fear it is only a matter of time before somebody, be it an adult, small child, pensioner, cyclist or motorcyclist slips or is blown onto these railings. So please Poole Council, could you not try to cap these railings in the interest of public safety.
I was crossing the bridge the other day and was nearly blown over onto those stainless steel railings which have very sharp edges. I dread to think of the damage they could do to a persons skull! Who on earth passed these railings as a safe "feature" to put on the edge of a public highway! Where were all the health and safety people when the plans were passed, were they asleep? I fear it is only a matter of time before somebody, be it an adult, small child, pensioner, cyclist or motorcyclist slips or is blown onto these railings. So please Poole Council, could you not try to cap these railings in the interest of public safety. cyco44

1:46pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

A Poole council spokesman said one of the steel 'totems' on the Hamworthy side has come loose but engineers are on site re-securing the totem.


Hi ya ya ya ya. Hi ya ya ya ya....white man speak with forked tongue......
A screw loose.......
A Poole council spokesman said one of the steel 'totems' on the Hamworthy side has come loose but engineers are on site re-securing the totem. Hi ya ya ya ya. Hi ya ya ya ya....white man speak with forked tongue...... A screw loose....... BIGTONE

1:47pm Tue 7 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Great investment turned a backstreet into a multi million pound cul de sac.stand bye for the snow.
Great investment turned a backstreet into a multi million pound cul de sac.stand bye for the snow. kalebmoledirt

1:51pm Tue 7 Jan 14

MMM444 says...

Fingers crossed the whole lot gets blown over, and scrapped, start again with one that works and in the right place
Fingers crossed the whole lot gets blown over, and scrapped, start again with one that works and in the right place MMM444

2:36pm Tue 7 Jan 14

boyerboy says...

Totems.... to me this means Indians and lots and lots of COWBOYS.
Totems.... to me this means Indians and lots and lots of COWBOYS. boyerboy

2:38pm Tue 7 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

I used to place a plastic dog do do in the corner of a room at parties(not in my house in somebody else,s house)to fire up amusing conversation.And find out how many avoided it and sneered Poole chose a daft bit of engineering and called it a bridge to achieve a similar result unfortunately they can,t pick it and move it when it becomes obsolete like plastic dig shot
I used to place a plastic dog do do in the corner of a room at parties(not in my house in somebody else,s house)to fire up amusing conversation.And find out how many avoided it and sneered Poole chose a daft bit of engineering and called it a bridge to achieve a similar result unfortunately they can,t pick it and move it when it becomes obsolete like plastic dig shot kalebmoledirt

2:42pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Great investment turned a backstreet into a multi million pound cul de sac.stand bye for the snow.
Agreed, we'll see if the two lifting sections freeze together.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: Great investment turned a backstreet into a multi million pound cul de sac.stand bye for the snow.[/p][/quote]Agreed, we'll see if the two lifting sections freeze together. Telscombe Cliffy

3:03pm Tue 7 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

im waiting for the excuses.
im waiting for the excuses. live-and-let-live

3:26pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Hope they are out of the way when I cycle past, attempting a new PB on Strava later!!
Hope they are out of the way when I cycle past, attempting a new PB on Strava later!! Arthur Maureen

4:19pm Tue 7 Jan 14

MCAME1989 says...

cyco44 wrote:
I was crossing the bridge the other day and was nearly blown over onto those stainless steel railings which have very sharp edges. I dread to think of the damage they could do to a persons skull! Who on earth passed these railings as a safe "feature" to put on the edge of a public highway! Where were all the health and safety people when the plans were passed, were they asleep? I fear it is only a matter of time before somebody, be it an adult, small child, pensioner, cyclist or motorcyclist slips or is blown onto these railings. So please Poole Council, could you not try to cap these railings in the interest of public safety.
My younger brother came off his bike a smashed into those railings....yep they are quite AARP and do lots of damage..to man and bike!!
The council did nothing about it!!
[quote][p][bold]cyco44[/bold] wrote: I was crossing the bridge the other day and was nearly blown over onto those stainless steel railings which have very sharp edges. I dread to think of the damage they could do to a persons skull! Who on earth passed these railings as a safe "feature" to put on the edge of a public highway! Where were all the health and safety people when the plans were passed, were they asleep? I fear it is only a matter of time before somebody, be it an adult, small child, pensioner, cyclist or motorcyclist slips or is blown onto these railings. So please Poole Council, could you not try to cap these railings in the interest of public safety.[/p][/quote]My younger brother came off his bike a smashed into those railings....yep they are quite AARP and do lots of damage..to man and bike!! The council did nothing about it!! MCAME1989

4:49pm Tue 7 Jan 14

John T says...

BIGTONE wrote:
A Poole council spokesman said one of the steel 'totems' on the Hamworthy side has come loose but engineers are on site re-securing the totem.


Hi ya ya ya ya. Hi ya ya ya ya....white man speak with forked tongue......
A screw loose.......
I hope Councillor Xena Dion, the Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole (whoops of laughter!) will be rounding up the cowboys, who built this disastrous bridge, to come back and fix the 'totem'.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: A Poole council spokesman said one of the steel 'totems' on the Hamworthy side has come loose but engineers are on site re-securing the totem. Hi ya ya ya ya. Hi ya ya ya ya....white man speak with forked tongue...... A screw loose.......[/p][/quote]I hope Councillor Xena Dion, the Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole (whoops of laughter!) will be rounding up the cowboys, who built this disastrous bridge, to come back and fix the 'totem'. John T

6:14pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Very Old Man says...

muscliffman wrote:
Has anything 'blown over' on the very old, tired but reliable Poole lifting bridge our grandfathers and great-grandfathers built long, long ago - only asking......
It wasn't that long ago, (1920's). My great grandfather didn't ever get to see it and I doubt if yours did either!
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Has anything 'blown over' on the very old, tired but reliable Poole lifting bridge our grandfathers and great-grandfathers built long, long ago - only asking......[/p][/quote]It wasn't that long ago, (1920's). My great grandfather didn't ever get to see it and I doubt if yours did either! Very Old Man

6:38pm Tue 7 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

What gets me all the signs where stating the bridge was closed ,yet the public still drove by if the bridge was in a dangerous condition why did the council not block the road to prevent the people unable to read warning signs access to the bridge
What gets me all the signs where stating the bridge was closed ,yet the public still drove by if the bridge was in a dangerous condition why did the council not block the road to prevent the people unable to read warning signs access to the bridge alasdair1967

7:49pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Dorset Outsider says...

Says a lot about poole really, the one thing supposed to be worth visiting... It has nothing but issues. Boring place with its concrete jungle 1970's style average town centre identical to 99% of England's crap towns. Luck poole is surrounded by beautiful areas of countryside and villages, or it truly would be dead.
Says a lot about poole really, the one thing supposed to be worth visiting... It has nothing but issues. Boring place with its concrete jungle 1970's style average town centre identical to 99% of England's crap towns. Luck poole is surrounded by beautiful areas of countryside and villages, or it truly would be dead. Dorset Outsider

8:05pm Tue 7 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Very Old Man wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Has anything 'blown over' on the very old, tired but reliable Poole lifting bridge our grandfathers and great-grandfathers built long, long ago - only asking......
It wasn't that long ago, (1920's). My great grandfather didn't ever get to see it and I doubt if yours did either!
Many of our great grandfathers, certainly including my own, were 'alive and well' in the 1920's - it is after all nearly one hundred years ago!
[quote][p][bold]Very Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Has anything 'blown over' on the very old, tired but reliable Poole lifting bridge our grandfathers and great-grandfathers built long, long ago - only asking......[/p][/quote]It wasn't that long ago, (1920's). My great grandfather didn't ever get to see it and I doubt if yours did either![/p][/quote]Many of our great grandfathers, certainly including my own, were 'alive and well' in the 1920's - it is after all nearly one hundred years ago! muscliffman

9:08pm Tue 7 Jan 14

News Fanatic says...

I cannot see the new bridge lasting as long as the old one.
I cannot see the new bridge lasting as long as the old one. News Fanatic

9:18pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Crinkly says...

The design should withstand such winds. Obviously another design flaw. As for the railings, the council should have completed a safety audit. Maybe under the freedom of information, someone should request to see this.
The design should withstand such winds. Obviously another design flaw. As for the railings, the council should have completed a safety audit. Maybe under the freedom of information, someone should request to see this. Crinkly

9:39pm Tue 7 Jan 14

fireflier says...

This side of the bridge we have a totem ...while on the other it's Twin Totem Sails into Holes Bay.

The folks who engineered this couldn't make successful bean cans !!!!!.
This side of the bridge we have a totem ...while on the other it's Twin Totem Sails into Holes Bay. The folks who engineered this couldn't make successful bean cans !!!!!. fireflier

10:02pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Dorset Outsider says...

Crinkly wrote:
The design should withstand such winds. Obviously another design flaw. As for the railings, the council should have completed a safety audit. Maybe under the freedom of information, someone should request to see this.
You would have thought a bridge next to the south coast would be built to withstand winds! I think this is poole's very own surf reef style waste of time and money.
[quote][p][bold]Crinkly[/bold] wrote: The design should withstand such winds. Obviously another design flaw. As for the railings, the council should have completed a safety audit. Maybe under the freedom of information, someone should request to see this.[/p][/quote]You would have thought a bridge next to the south coast would be built to withstand winds! I think this is poole's very own surf reef style waste of time and money. Dorset Outsider

10:45pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

For the sake of the people of Poole and the readers, please tear this bridge down.
For the sake of the people of Poole and the readers, please tear this bridge down. Chris@Bmouth

11:24pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

Ah..the Iconic Windsurfer.

This bridge is nor fit for purpose. Nor are the Poole 'portfolio holders' who backed it.

This is Poole's 'surf reef'. The thing is, after all the hoopla about a world-class, 'iconic' new bridge, when I saw it in the flesh, so to speak, I was minded of the 'Stonehenge' seen in 'This is Spinal Tap'.

A Mini-bridge.
Ah..the Iconic Windsurfer. This bridge is nor fit for purpose. Nor are the Poole 'portfolio holders' who backed it. This is Poole's 'surf reef'. The thing is, after all the hoopla about a world-class, 'iconic' new bridge, when I saw it in the flesh, so to speak, I was minded of the 'Stonehenge' seen in 'This is Spinal Tap'. A Mini-bridge. Yankee1

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