Go ahead for Poole's Twin Sails Bridge

Bournemouth Echo: TWIN TOWN: Poole has landed a government grant of £14.1 million for the Twin Sails bridge TWIN TOWN: Poole has landed a government grant of £14.1 million for the Twin Sails bridge

AT LAST! Poole’s long-awaited Twin Sails Bridge became a reality as a crucial £14.1 million government grant was finally confirmed on Friday.

The funding marks the final piece of the jigsaw for the much-vaunted scheme, which the council hopes will regenerate and revitalise the town.

Work is due to start in early summer and the second harbour crossing should be ready to open in early 2012.

Cllr Brian Leverett, leader of Poole council, said it was a historic day for the town.

“It marks the culmination of many years of hard work,” he said. “The world-class bridge is a symbol of our ambition for the town.”

A failure to secure the government grant could have scuppered the bridge, so the delay in the Department of Transport’s announcement had been a nerve-wracking one.

The world-class bridge is a symbol of our ambition for the town

Cllr Brian Leverett, leader of Poole council

It is hoped the ambitious scheme will now prove the catalyst for £600 million of development, creating 2,000 homes, 5,000 jobs and a new waterfront area.

Poole MP Robert Syms said he was “delighted” the project could move forward, while Annette Brooke, MP for Mid-Dorset & Poole North, said it was “important” news for the town.

A contractor for the work was approved earlier this year, but cannot yet be named.

The only potential banana skin for the scheme now is if other bidders object to the tendering process.

Cllr Ron Parker, Poole council’s cabinet member for the economy, said the details would be finalised in the “next few weeks”.

Poole has sought a second harbour crossing for more than 30 years.

Cllr Mike Brooke, leader of Poole’s Liberal Democrat group, said the Twin Sails bridge would “open up great opportunities” for the town.

• See Saturday’s Daily Echo for more on this story…

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10:22am Sat 13 Mar 10

MJD says...

Wrong bridge, wrong place. Needs a up and over one. Waste of money, this one.
Wrong bridge, wrong place. Needs a up and over one. Waste of money, this one. MJD

10:24am Sat 13 Mar 10

Syd Poumen says...

Great to see that this Government has made this money available to Poole now (after over 30 years wait), and that it has not been the victim of premature cutbacks this year that would lead to Depression for Poole and the rest of the country.
Maybe unity of purpose finally achieved this. Apt security word is 'hope-hang'.
Great to see that this Government has made this money available to Poole now (after over 30 years wait), and that it has not been the victim of premature cutbacks this year that would lead to Depression for Poole and the rest of the country. Maybe unity of purpose finally achieved this. Apt security word is 'hope-hang'. Syd Poumen

11:12am Sat 13 Mar 10

Gastines says...

Now hopefully someone will wake up to the loss Brittany Ferries leaving Poole made to port income.Add a decent road system and you might even encourage them back. Might be worth the local Councillors and Port Authority pursueing P&O/Norfolk line from Dover, as they are having serious problems with the Dover P.A. there over hefty increases in charges. This time perhaps there is no excuse for the famous sayings of the day"We didn't see that coming" or "Lessons will be learnt".
Now hopefully someone will wake up to the loss Brittany Ferries leaving Poole made to port income.Add a decent road system and you might even encourage them back. Might be worth the local Councillors and Port Authority pursueing P&O/Norfolk line from Dover, as they are having serious problems with the Dover P.A. there over hefty increases in charges. This time perhaps there is no excuse for the famous sayings of the day"We didn't see that coming" or "Lessons will be learnt". Gastines

11:58am Sat 13 Mar 10

vodkaholic says...

The world-class bridge is a symbol of our ambition for the townCant believe they are going to be going ahead with this stupid bridge
The world-class bridge is a symbol of our ambition for the townCant believe they are going to be going ahead with this stupid bridge vodkaholic

12:04pm Sat 13 Mar 10

Dorset_Born_n_Bread ! says...

A contractor for the work was approved earlier this year, but cannot yet be named.

The only potential banana skin for the scheme now is if other bidders object to the tendering process.

- Yup, now the Echo have told them how to slow it down or even have 2nd bite of the apple this will be the banana skin they have been looking for? Contractors 1 - Poole Town 0.

An up and Over bridge seems viable but wont win with tourists (bridge spotters?) and pess-off truck drivers and other traffic looking for a quick route to/from the port. Lets hope the Holes Bay road system gets an upgrade to help filter traffic in and out of the town properly and not so confusing bottlenecks at Towngate junctions!
A contractor for the work was approved earlier this year, but cannot yet be named. The only potential banana skin for the scheme now is if other bidders object to the tendering process. - Yup, now the Echo have told them how to slow it down or even have 2nd bite of the apple this will be the banana skin they have been looking for? Contractors 1 - Poole Town 0. An up and Over bridge seems viable but wont win with tourists (bridge spotters?) and pess-off truck drivers and other traffic looking for a quick route to/from the port. Lets hope the Holes Bay road system gets an upgrade to help filter traffic in and out of the town properly and not so confusing bottlenecks at Towngate junctions! Dorset_Born_n_Bread !

12:11pm Sat 13 Mar 10

Dorset_Born_n_Bread ! says...

What is a "World-Class bridge" anyway? huh? How can you compare this with Sydney Bridge, Tyne Bridge, Clifton Bridge, Forth Bridge, San Fransisco????? Muddy old smelly Holes bay is hardly a view?

I can hear it now, just like a triangle, surf reef and the 'water music' scrap metal sculpture in the Quay they will be flocking in to see the bridge alone right? Artists impression: dreamy and rose tinted.......good luck Poole!
What is a "World-Class bridge" anyway? huh? How can you compare this with Sydney Bridge, Tyne Bridge, Clifton Bridge, Forth Bridge, San Fransisco????? Muddy old smelly Holes bay is hardly a view? I can hear it now, just like a triangle, surf reef and the 'water music' scrap metal sculpture in the Quay they will be flocking in to see the bridge alone right? Artists impression: dreamy and rose tinted.......good luck Poole! Dorset_Born_n_Bread !

12:39pm Sat 13 Mar 10

MJD says...

Gastines wrote:
Now hopefully someone will wake up to the loss Brittany Ferries leaving Poole made to port income.Add a decent road system and you might even encourage them back. Might be worth the local Councillors and Port Authority pursueing P&O/Norfolk line from Dover, as they are having serious problems with the Dover P.A. there over hefty increases in charges. This time perhaps there is no excuse for the famous sayings of the day"We didn't see that coming" or "Lessons will be learnt".
No we don't want Brittany Ferries, they are way too expensive company, that's why they died. Get LD lines. With low fares and fill the boat. Nothing to do with the roads. It cheaper for me to go from Portsmouth than Poole by a £100 Car & 4 passengers.
[quote][p][bold]Gastines[/bold] wrote: Now hopefully someone will wake up to the loss Brittany Ferries leaving Poole made to port income.Add a decent road system and you might even encourage them back. Might be worth the local Councillors and Port Authority pursueing P&O/Norfolk line from Dover, as they are having serious problems with the Dover P.A. there over hefty increases in charges. This time perhaps there is no excuse for the famous sayings of the day"We didn't see that coming" or "Lessons will be learnt".[/p][/quote]No we don't want Brittany Ferries, they are way too expensive company, that's why they died. Get LD lines. With low fares and fill the boat. Nothing to do with the roads. It cheaper for me to go from Portsmouth than Poole by a £100 Car & 4 passengers. MJD

12:48pm Sat 13 Mar 10

Inner Sanctum says...

We all know people in the costruction business who have lost their jobs.

Lets get positive about this amount of money being unlocked and poured into the local economy.
We all know people in the costruction business who have lost their jobs. Lets get positive about this amount of money being unlocked and poured into the local economy. Inner Sanctum

3:00pm Sat 13 Mar 10

2Much...again! says...

This is great...is about time some money was spent on some eye candy for the town and one that's going to serve the local community into the deal!!
Let's hope it rolls out to other towns.
This is great...is about time some money was spent on some eye candy for the town and one that's going to serve the local community into the deal!! Let's hope it rolls out to other towns. 2Much...again!

4:08pm Sat 13 Mar 10

BROCKSDAD says...

Its not a new bridge the port needs it is improvement to the road system ie another bridge along side the one at Longham to improve flow, better connection between Blandford and Shaftsbury, every road just outside Poole is a cart track no wonder the lorry traffic prefer to go to Portsmouth and Southhampton M27-A3 and your gone in no time.
Its not a new bridge the port needs it is improvement to the road system ie another bridge along side the one at Longham to improve flow, better connection between Blandford and Shaftsbury, every road just outside Poole is a cart track no wonder the lorry traffic prefer to go to Portsmouth and Southhampton M27-A3 and your gone in no time. BROCKSDAD

4:26pm Sat 13 Mar 10

twobigdogs says...

What a waste of money!.....Pooles answer to Bournemouths Imax....
What a waste of money!.....Pooles answer to Bournemouths Imax.... twobigdogs

9:17pm Sat 13 Mar 10

Jewson Smithee says...

It's ridiculous! Southampton had a floating bridge for many years, which was motorised. It was eventually replaced by a proper bridge, which eased the flow of traffic. I cant believe so much money has been invested in a sailing bridge, what next? Will we be getting the unemployed to row motorists across the water?
It's ridiculous! Southampton had a floating bridge for many years, which was motorised. It was eventually replaced by a proper bridge, which eased the flow of traffic. I cant believe so much money has been invested in a sailing bridge, what next? Will we be getting the unemployed to row motorists across the water? Jewson Smithee

8:05am Sun 14 Mar 10

peter beneather benifit cheater says...

'open n' shut'
please go back to bed now we have all heard enough of you bleating.
'open n' shut' please go back to bed now we have all heard enough of you bleating. peter beneather benifit cheater

8:16am Sun 14 Mar 10

l'anglais says...

As previously mentioned, surely for the same money you could have had 2 functional bridges at Poole Quay & Longham, rather than this artistic folly.
It would be more economically viable for the local economy, if it was a new crossing from the haven to shell bay. However that would never get past the National Trust & Sandbanks cronies.
As previously mentioned, surely for the same money you could have had 2 functional bridges at Poole Quay & Longham, rather than this artistic folly. It would be more economically viable for the local economy, if it was a new crossing from the haven to shell bay. However that would never get past the National Trust & Sandbanks cronies. l'anglais

12:16pm Sun 14 Mar 10

BH10et says...

Why is there emphasis on the bridge now that the ferry service from Poole has been removed. One of the main reasons for the bridge was to cope with the heavy traffic of lorries to the port. Will Poole Council get a ferry service back into Poole as it was before. Poole needs more than the Vitesse as it now has, and an all year round service.
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MJD, may I suggest you check prices in comparison with LD and BF. You will find that LD are/will be taking advantage of the BF demise from Poole. Already prices have increased, add on the extra travelling, and there is not a lot of difference. Read the AngloInfo Bretagne website to read more on this matter. You may have one of the last cheap tickets.
Why is there emphasis on the bridge now that the ferry service from Poole has been removed. One of the main reasons for the bridge was to cope with the heavy traffic of lorries to the port. Will Poole Council get a ferry service back into Poole as it was before. Poole needs more than the Vitesse as it now has, and an all year round service. . MJD, may I suggest you check prices in comparison with LD and BF. You will find that LD are/will be taking advantage of the BF demise from Poole. Already prices have increased, add on the extra travelling, and there is not a lot of difference. Read the AngloInfo Bretagne website to read more on this matter. You may have one of the last cheap tickets. BH10et

12:40pm Sun 14 Mar 10

MJD says...

BH10et wrote:
Why is there emphasis on the bridge now that the ferry service from Poole has been removed. One of the main reasons for the bridge was to cope with the heavy traffic of lorries to the port. Will Poole Council get a ferry service back into Poole as it was before. Poole needs more than the Vitesse as it now has, and an all year round service. . MJD, may I suggest you check prices in comparison with LD and BF. You will find that LD are/will be taking advantage of the BF demise from Poole. Already prices have increased, add on the extra travelling, and there is not a lot of difference. Read the AngloInfo Bretagne website to read more on this matter. You may have one of the last cheap tickets.
Well i don't know. Booked last week online for Le Havre, for the end of July and its the same fare as i Paid in February. Still a saving of £100 After paying for fuel.
[quote][p][bold]BH10et[/bold] wrote: Why is there emphasis on the bridge now that the ferry service from Poole has been removed. One of the main reasons for the bridge was to cope with the heavy traffic of lorries to the port. Will Poole Council get a ferry service back into Poole as it was before. Poole needs more than the Vitesse as it now has, and an all year round service. . MJD, may I suggest you check prices in comparison with LD and BF. You will find that LD are/will be taking advantage of the BF demise from Poole. Already prices have increased, add on the extra travelling, and there is not a lot of difference. Read the AngloInfo Bretagne website to read more on this matter. You may have one of the last cheap tickets.[/p][/quote]Well i don't know. Booked last week online for Le Havre, for the end of July and its the same fare as i Paid in February. Still a saving of £100 After paying for fuel. MJD

1:25pm Sun 14 Mar 10

BH10et says...

MJD, an example. Departing 2nd Aug, Returning 13th Aug, 1 Car, 2 Pax, 1 Pet Dog. LD £381, BF £401. This is using the Cat from both ports. £20 difference, but I will have to add on fuel Bournemouth to Portsmouth return, and the extra mileage on the French side, plus longer sailing times. As I said, the LD price has increased since I last looked and considered that option.
MJD, an example. Departing 2nd Aug, Returning 13th Aug, 1 Car, 2 Pax, 1 Pet Dog. LD £381, BF £401. This is using the Cat from both ports. £20 difference, but I will have to add on fuel Bournemouth to Portsmouth return, and the extra mileage on the French side, plus longer sailing times. As I said, the LD price has increased since I last looked and considered that option. BH10et

1:53pm Sun 14 Mar 10

MJD says...

BH10et wrote:
MJD, an example. Departing 2nd Aug, Returning 13th Aug, 1 Car, 2 Pax, 1 Pet Dog. LD £381, BF £401. This is using the Cat from both ports. £20 difference, but I will have to add on fuel Bournemouth to Portsmouth return, and the extra mileage on the French side, plus longer sailing times. As I said, the LD price has increased since I last looked and considered that option.
All i have paid is £118 car +2pax last week of July return. Not fast cat.
[quote][p][bold]BH10et[/bold] wrote: MJD, an example. Departing 2nd Aug, Returning 13th Aug, 1 Car, 2 Pax, 1 Pet Dog. LD £381, BF £401. This is using the Cat from both ports. £20 difference, but I will have to add on fuel Bournemouth to Portsmouth return, and the extra mileage on the French side, plus longer sailing times. As I said, the LD price has increased since I last looked and considered that option.[/p][/quote]All i have paid is £118 car +2pax last week of July return. Not fast cat. MJD

4:18pm Sun 14 Mar 10

upontown says...

30 years - could've paid for several bridges. The first comment on this page hit the nail on the head. When west quay road gets fed traffic from the new bridge and Blandford road it will cause hold ups that's for sure. Jobs yes but traffic misery up to and after the site is finished. I'd love to be positive about this but I just can't. Those in charge really haven't thought this through properly which is a big shame.
30 years - could've paid for several bridges. The first comment on this page hit the nail on the head. When west quay road gets fed traffic from the new bridge and Blandford road it will cause hold ups that's for sure. Jobs yes but traffic misery up to and after the site is finished. I'd love to be positive about this but I just can't. Those in charge really haven't thought this through properly which is a big shame. upontown

5:45pm Sun 14 Mar 10

stakeholder1 says...

Well done to everyone who was involved in securing this grant before the General Election. There was a strong possibility that if there was a change of government the grant could have been scrapped again.
The bridge is great news for Hamworthy especially and proves that all three main political parties, can actually work together - good luck.
Well done to everyone who was involved in securing this grant before the General Election. There was a strong possibility that if there was a change of government the grant could have been scrapped again. The bridge is great news for Hamworthy especially and proves that all three main political parties, can actually work together - good luck. stakeholder1

5:45pm Sun 14 Mar 10

stakeholder1 says...

Well done to everyone who was involved in securing this grant before the General Election. There was a strong possibility that if there was a change of government the grant could have been scrapped again.
The bridge is great news for Hamworthy especially and proves that all three main political parties, can actually work together - good luck.
Well done to everyone who was involved in securing this grant before the General Election. There was a strong possibility that if there was a change of government the grant could have been scrapped again. The bridge is great news for Hamworthy especially and proves that all three main political parties, can actually work together - good luck. stakeholder1

6:12pm Sun 14 Mar 10

BH10et says...

MJD wrote:
BH10et wrote:
MJD, an example. Departing 2nd Aug, Returning 13th Aug, 1 Car, 2 Pax, 1 Pet Dog. LD £381, BF £401. This is using the Cat from both ports. £20 difference, but I will have to add on fuel Bournemouth to Portsmouth return, and the extra mileage on the French side, plus longer sailing times. As I said, the LD price has increased since I last looked and considered that option.
All i have paid is £118 car +2pax last week of July return. Not fast cat.
That is a good price, but I have just looked on LD, departing 23rd July, returning 30th July, 1 Car, 2 Pax, price £319. That is aboard the ferry, Cote de Albatre, and not HS Cat. That is a big difference. As I said, had the bridge and the roads been dealt with much sooner, perhaps BF would have stayed put. It will be interesting to see what the out come will be when the bridge is completed.
[quote][p][bold]MJD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BH10et[/bold] wrote: MJD, an example. Departing 2nd Aug, Returning 13th Aug, 1 Car, 2 Pax, 1 Pet Dog. LD £381, BF £401. This is using the Cat from both ports. £20 difference, but I will have to add on fuel Bournemouth to Portsmouth return, and the extra mileage on the French side, plus longer sailing times. As I said, the LD price has increased since I last looked and considered that option.[/p][/quote]All i have paid is £118 car +2pax last week of July return. Not fast cat.[/p][/quote]That is a good price, but I have just looked on LD, departing 23rd July, returning 30th July, 1 Car, 2 Pax, price £319. That is aboard the ferry, Cote de Albatre, and not HS Cat. That is a big difference. As I said, had the bridge and the roads been dealt with much sooner, perhaps BF would have stayed put. It will be interesting to see what the out come will be when the bridge is completed. BH10et

9:37pm Sun 14 Mar 10

fossilmole says...

Pity so much money being spent just to get local traffic to/from Hamworthy. What is really at fault, if Poole, as a port, is to be taken seriously is the disgrace of road systems leading into Dorset (from whatever direction). Whereas Southampton/Portsmou
th have the full motorway system Poole has the A31/A35 mess which still represents 1960's motoring in many places. New bridge ..lovely. But what leads commercial transport to wish to get to it in the first place? Also lots of jobs ..for a time and developers who will have made a fortune from the old power station land. Will the '2 snails' bridge still be 'iconic' when it reaches the same age as the old one?
Pity so much money being spent just to get local traffic to/from Hamworthy. What is really at fault, if Poole, as a port, is to be taken seriously is the disgrace of road systems leading into Dorset (from whatever direction). Whereas Southampton/Portsmou th have the full motorway system Poole has the A31/A35 mess which still represents 1960's motoring in many places. New bridge ..lovely. But what leads commercial transport to wish to get to it in the first place? Also lots of jobs ..for a time and developers who will have made a fortune from the old power station land. Will the '2 snails' bridge still be 'iconic' when it reaches the same age as the old one? fossilmole

1:03am Mon 15 Mar 10

grimreaper says...

So we'll have 2 lifting bridges 1 up 1 down !! 1 down 1 up ??
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The port of Poole is DEAD !
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Just fill it in and keep up ??
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Tide and Time wait for WHO ??
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The whole process has taken so long it's 20 years out of date !!
So we'll have 2 lifting bridges 1 up 1 down !! 1 down 1 up ?? . The port of Poole is DEAD ! . Just fill it in and keep up ?? . Tide and Time wait for WHO ?? . The whole process has taken so long it's 20 years out of date !! grimreaper

1:18pm Mon 15 Mar 10

peter beneather benifit cheater says...

Its all in your head, your head is full of nowtness.
Its all in your head, your head is full of nowtness. peter beneather benifit cheater

1:35pm Tue 16 Mar 10

benjamin says...

What about welding some scaffold poles onto the existing bridge? We could get some old sails to decorate them with. Then, for the short time the bridge is open we can admire the pretty picture this will present!
What about welding some scaffold poles onto the existing bridge? We could get some old sails to decorate them with. Then, for the short time the bridge is open we can admire the pretty picture this will present! benjamin

7:26pm Wed 17 Mar 10

yankee says...

How many times will it break down in its first year? Or be unable to be raised because of wind?

Far, far too complicated.

Vanity. When will the mandarins ever learn?
How many times will it break down in its first year? Or be unable to be raised because of wind? Far, far too complicated. Vanity. When will the mandarins ever learn? yankee

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