Poole's Twin Sails bridge: the wait is over

Bournemouth Echo: First steps taken over Poole's Twin Sails bridge First steps taken over Poole's Twin Sails bridge

THE first people have walked across Poole’s iconic new £37million bridge.

Thousands flocked to the Twin Sails Bridge Community Weekend to watch history in the making and cross the imposing structure.

After more than 30 years of campaigning to get a second harbour crossing, it’s hoped it will open up brownfield land and lead to around 2,000 homes and 5,000 jobs in the next 10 – 15 years.

Crowds watched the leaves lift and lower once, before Mayor Graham Wilson led the first group across on Saturday morning.

Cllr Wilson, who cut the ribbon using the scissors from the opening of the lifting bridge in 1927, said: “This is an historic day we are witnessing.

“This iconic bridge is for the future of Poole and our young people.

“It is an absolute honour to be here with you today to cut this ribbon. As a local person it is really great.”

He then led the Civic Party across, joined by his ‘People’s Champions’ including paralympian swimmer Ben Clarke, members of Poole UKYP and volunteers from community groups.

On reaching the Hamworthy side, Cllr Wilson said: “This certainly is a bridge to the future.

“I’m hoping Hamworthy will see a large improvement in its facilities.”

Members of the public were then allowed to explore the bridge and buy a commemorative certificate, produced by Poole’s three Rotary Clubs in aid of local charities.

Council leader Cllr Elaine Atkinson said: “I think it highlights Poole on the global stage.

“Poole has always been an ambitious town.

“I believe this iconic structure will bring more jobs to Poole.

“Four regeneration sites will be opened up and I believe there will be some excellent developments, housing and employment opportunities.

“It will also make an absolutely fantastic place to enjoy while walking around the harbour, making Poole very distinct.”

‘Bridge champion’ Cllr Brian Clements, who was council leader 12 years ago when a previous high level bridge plan was scrapped, said he was “elated” and “thrilled” to cross the bridge at last.

“The bridge has always been seen as more than a catalyst, but an initial part of regenerating this part of Poole,” Cllr Clements said.

“The real challenge now is to make sure that is done in an appropriate way. If that can reflect the same quality as the bridge, then wow we have done it.

“Development should not be done at any price – we must push for quality to secure Poole’s long term future.”

Nearly 85 years ago, Sue Tarrant’s grandfather Mayor Herbert Carter opened the Poole Bridge.

Sue said: “My aunt accompanied him with her Jack Russell, called ‘Pompey’ “She used to tell me the story and it’s something that’s always intrigued me.”

The 57-year-old, who now lives in Wareham, added: “I think the bridge is very impressive.

“It’s certainly different from the other one. I’m hoping it will help Poole and be good for the town.”

Residents formed a human chain by holding hands across the bridge yesterday, before it closed again.

Workers from contractor Hochtief UK Construction Limited are putting the finishing touches to the bridge before drivers are allowed to use it.

Jim Bright, Borough of Poole’s Strategic Director, said: “The bridge is looking fantastic and our contractor is working hard on the finishing touches that will make it such a stunning addition to Poole’s skyline.

“As soon as this work is completed and the bridge is formally handed over to the council, we intend to fully open it to road traffic at the earliest opportunity.”

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6:47am Mon 27 Feb 12

hamworthygirl says...

Although most of the locals are still very sceptical about the practicalities of the bridge we turned out in force on saturday. The atmosphere was great, I look forward to seeing how it all works when the traffic is allowed. I do wonder though as to why trees were planted every few yards? they are obstructuvive in my eyes especially if you have a wide buggy or a wheelchair. Will the roots lift the pavement when they grow? and how much extra did all that cost?
Although most of the locals are still very sceptical about the practicalities of the bridge we turned out in force on saturday. The atmosphere was great, I look forward to seeing how it all works when the traffic is allowed. I do wonder though as to why trees were planted every few yards? they are obstructuvive in my eyes especially if you have a wide buggy or a wheelchair. Will the roots lift the pavement when they grow? and how much extra did all that cost? hamworthygirl
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7:40am Mon 27 Feb 12

Baywolf says...

Amazingly no dissenters were ever interviewed on the television news coverage, it is not what all the residents of Poole wanted, the councillors lauding it failed to tell viewers it will take at least 8 years for the brown fill sight to be completed, and no mention at all of the increase in the traffic using these bridges the housing and offices will create, and complete silence of the annual costs of maintaining both. Good PR councillors typical torie rhetoric.
Amazingly no dissenters were ever interviewed on the television news coverage, it is not what all the residents of Poole wanted, the councillors lauding it failed to tell viewers it will take at least 8 years for the brown fill sight to be completed, and no mention at all of the increase in the traffic using these bridges the housing and offices will create, and complete silence of the annual costs of maintaining both. Good PR councillors typical torie rhetoric. Baywolf
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8:22am Mon 27 Feb 12

hamworthygirl says...

Baywolf wrote:
Amazingly no dissenters were ever interviewed on the television news coverage, it is not what all the residents of Poole wanted, the councillors lauding it failed to tell viewers it will take at least 8 years for the brown fill sight to be completed, and no mention at all of the increase in the traffic using these bridges the housing and offices will create, and complete silence of the annual costs of maintaining both. Good PR councillors typical torie rhetoric.
I thought the same as i was expresing my views to others about not having a fixed bridge and why, no one said anything negative. As I said we shall see how good it is at relieving the traffic through the blandford road, but we are stuck with it now so have to make the most of the change of scenery when I walk.
[quote][p][bold]Baywolf[/bold] wrote: Amazingly no dissenters were ever interviewed on the television news coverage, it is not what all the residents of Poole wanted, the councillors lauding it failed to tell viewers it will take at least 8 years for the brown fill sight to be completed, and no mention at all of the increase in the traffic using these bridges the housing and offices will create, and complete silence of the annual costs of maintaining both. Good PR councillors typical torie rhetoric.[/p][/quote]I thought the same as i was expresing my views to others about not having a fixed bridge and why, no one said anything negative. As I said we shall see how good it is at relieving the traffic through the blandford road, but we are stuck with it now so have to make the most of the change of scenery when I walk. hamworthygirl
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9:05am Mon 27 Feb 12

Old Colonial says...

“Development should not be done at any price – we must push for quality to secure Poole’s long term future.”

That is why money should have been spent on a fixed span bridge.

"....that will make it such a stunning addition to Poole’s skyline." No. It will be visible only briefly every few hours.
“Development should not be done at any price – we must push for quality to secure Poole’s long term future.” That is why money should have been spent on a fixed span bridge. "....that will make it such a stunning addition to Poole’s skyline." No. It will be visible only briefly every few hours. Old Colonial
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10:28am Mon 27 Feb 12

Packersfan says...

I am still at a loss why the bridge was not directly connected to the Holes Bay Releif road to ease the traffic off of the Hunger Hill traffic light mess!
I am still at a loss why the bridge was not directly connected to the Holes Bay Releif road to ease the traffic off of the Hunger Hill traffic light mess! Packersfan
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10:32am Mon 27 Feb 12

static kill says...

Nice to see the old git out of his car and walking.
Nice to see the old git out of his car and walking. static kill
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10:48am Mon 27 Feb 12

Mike R-B says...

Maybe someone will pinch it for scrap metal...............
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Maybe someone will pinch it for scrap metal............... ............. Mike R-B
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10:57am Mon 27 Feb 12

Mike R-B says...

On a more serious note, one hopes that PBC withold a percentage of payment until the bridge has run trouble free for a year.
I forsee failures due to the high winds we now experience will be effecting the erect sails.
On a more serious note, one hopes that PBC withold a percentage of payment until the bridge has run trouble free for a year. I forsee failures due to the high winds we now experience will be effecting the erect sails. Mike R-B
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12:14pm Mon 27 Feb 12

TinyLegacy says...

YAY. I can barely wait to walk over this epic waste of money.
YAY. I can barely wait to walk over this epic waste of money. TinyLegacy
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1:27pm Mon 27 Feb 12

udaku says...

Great bridge, good cycle lanes and improved conditions for walkers from Hamworthy end. Walking along the main road a few inches from speeding traffic was unpleasant.
The cycle lane could easily be linked to the track behind Woodlands Avenue to Cobbs Quay then on to Upton Country Park to complete a Holes Bay route.
Not good for boats leaving Holes Bay though, surely there's not enough room between the bridges for one up one down strategy.
Now can we have the footbridge over the railway line into Ham Park please. All the political parties said it was a priority before the election.
The Twin Sails Bridge is great, well done all involved !
Great bridge, good cycle lanes and improved conditions for walkers from Hamworthy end. Walking along the main road a few inches from speeding traffic was unpleasant. The cycle lane could easily be linked to the track behind Woodlands Avenue to Cobbs Quay then on to Upton Country Park to complete a Holes Bay route. Not good for boats leaving Holes Bay though, surely there's not enough room between the bridges for one up one down strategy. Now can we have the footbridge over the railway line into Ham Park please. All the political parties said it was a priority before the election. The Twin Sails Bridge is great, well done all involved ! udaku
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2:04pm Mon 27 Feb 12

Old Colonial says...

It will be interesting to see the new lifting schedule which is due any day. The original plan did not seem to take into account marine traffic needing to be allowed through in both directions.
It will be interesting to see the new lifting schedule which is due any day. The original plan did not seem to take into account marine traffic needing to be allowed through in both directions. Old Colonial
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2:48pm Mon 27 Feb 12

Cookie75 says...

Great to see the pious moaners are out in force

Always quick to criticise.

Everything's perfect in their make believe world.

If you got nothing constructive or good to say then just bloody well shut up!

Sick to the back teeth of professional moaners with absolutely nothing to say in the slightest

Start concentrating and focusing your energies on your less than perfect lives first
Great to see the pious moaners are out in force Always quick to criticise. Everything's perfect in their make believe world. If you got nothing constructive or good to say then just bloody well shut up! Sick to the back teeth of professional moaners with absolutely nothing to say in the slightest Start concentrating and focusing your energies on your less than perfect lives first Cookie75
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3:15pm Mon 27 Feb 12

Old Harry says...

The wait is not quite over. The bridge, which was planned to be opened to traffic today remains closed because "small glitches" have delayed the plans. The council have stated that "the bridge will be open in time for the official opening, if not sooner".
The wait is not quite over. The bridge, which was planned to be opened to traffic today remains closed because "small glitches" have delayed the plans. The council have stated that "the bridge will be open in time for the official opening, if not sooner". Old Harry
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4:43pm Mon 27 Feb 12

O'Reilly says...

The Mayor looked very elegant in his red robes. What a star.
The Mayor looked very elegant in his red robes. What a star. O'Reilly
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5:19pm Mon 27 Feb 12

bourne free says...

Great job / only negative is the railings between the pedestrian walkway and the road which has this strange waving rails which if done properly would look ok ,but its done badly and is wrong therefor should be put right before the bill is paid ?
Great job / only negative is the railings between the pedestrian walkway and the road which has this strange waving rails which if done properly would look ok ,but its done badly and is wrong therefor should be put right before the bill is paid ? bourne free
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6:54pm Mon 27 Feb 12

Hooper123 says...

Looks great and well done to the council for making a brave decision to build an ironic bridge and not just a run of the mill concrete span.

It looks amazing at night and will be sure to give confidence to potential investors in the area!

Good job!
Looks great and well done to the council for making a brave decision to build an ironic bridge and not just a run of the mill concrete span. It looks amazing at night and will be sure to give confidence to potential investors in the area! Good job! Hooper123
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7:19pm Mon 27 Feb 12

Old Harry says...

About time the Echo updated this story. The BBC broke news of the current problems at 9.09 AM today, see http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-dor
set-17166084
About time the Echo updated this story. The BBC broke news of the current problems at 9.09 AM today, see http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-dor set-17166084 Old Harry
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7:50pm Mon 27 Feb 12

portia6 says...

Regeneration of Poole is now
taking place lets hope the
houses and shops will bring
young families into our historic
town!
Regeneration of Poole is now taking place lets hope the houses and shops will bring young families into our historic town! portia6
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9:40pm Mon 27 Feb 12

bourne free says...

portia6 -- Jobs is what is needed not more young families scrounging of the state ?
portia6 -- Jobs is what is needed not more young families scrounging of the state ? bourne free
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10:28pm Mon 27 Feb 12

The Cerne Giant says...

Oh yea of little faith

Poole is a wonderful enviorment to enjoy and reside within

Our town fathers work wonders and I applaud them

Yep, the bridge could have been strung across Holes Bay, even started at the bunnie rabbit haven, Canford Bottom

What we got is just about hunky-dory

Rejoice you Evening Echo trolls and behave
Oh yea of little faith Poole is a wonderful enviorment to enjoy and reside within Our town fathers work wonders and I applaud them Yep, the bridge could have been strung across Holes Bay, even started at the bunnie rabbit haven, Canford Bottom What we got is just about hunky-dory Rejoice you Evening Echo trolls and behave The Cerne Giant
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11:51pm Mon 27 Feb 12

Dr Strangelove says...

portia6 wrote:
Regeneration of Poole is now
taking place lets hope the
houses and shops will bring
young families into our historic
town!
Yes but I doubt there will be many houses. It will be flats flats flats. If there is more than 15% then you know that this is all about developers making large sums of money and nothing about poole or the people of poole. Just remember who is responsible for this at the next local election.
[quote][p][bold]portia6[/bold] wrote: Regeneration of Poole is now taking place lets hope the houses and shops will bring young families into our historic town![/p][/quote]Yes but I doubt there will be many houses. It will be flats flats flats. If there is more than 15% then you know that this is all about developers making large sums of money and nothing about poole or the people of poole. Just remember who is responsible for this at the next local election. Dr Strangelove
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11:53pm Mon 27 Feb 12

Glashen says...

Old Harry wrote:
About time the Echo updated this story. The BBC broke news of the current problems at 9.09 AM today, see http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/uk-england-dor

set-17166084
To be fair the Echo carried the story that the Bridge would not be opening to traffic today (Monday the 27th) on the 22nd of February and that information is repeated in the above story. The BBC report doesn't add anything new.
[quote][p][bold]Old Harry[/bold] wrote: About time the Echo updated this story. The BBC broke news of the current problems at 9.09 AM today, see http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-dor set-17166084[/p][/quote]To be fair the Echo carried the story that the Bridge would not be opening to traffic today (Monday the 27th) on the 22nd of February and that information is repeated in the above story. The BBC report doesn't add anything new. Glashen
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11:59pm Mon 27 Feb 12

Dr Strangelove says...

bourne free wrote:
portia6 -- Jobs is what is needed not more young families scrounging of the state ?
bourne free yes jobs are exactly what the younger generation need but the current government are wrecking the UK economy to prop up the housing market. Home owner by any chance hope you know that most youngsters will have a very slim chance of property ownership. I have seen a lot recently and completely don't blame then for giving up. So long as you've got your castle!!!
[quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: portia6 -- Jobs is what is needed not more young families scrounging of the state ?[/p][/quote]bourne free yes jobs are exactly what the younger generation need but the current government are wrecking the UK economy to prop up the housing market. Home owner by any chance hope you know that most youngsters will have a very slim chance of property ownership. I have seen a lot recently and completely don't blame then for giving up. So long as you've got your castle!!! Dr Strangelove
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4:23am Tue 28 Feb 12

hamworthygirl says...

Cookie75 wrote:
Great to see the pious moaners are out in force

Always quick to criticise.

Everything's perfect in their make believe world.

If you got nothing constructive or good to say then just bloody well shut up!

Sick to the back teeth of professional moaners with absolutely nothing to say in the slightest

Start concentrating and focusing your energies on your less than perfect lives first
Rather harsh comments we as locals, are just expressing opinions which I think are valid. Not being pious at all, just stating our reservations of how good the new bridge will be once the traffic is up and running. I will be the first to "eat my words" if im wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Cookie75[/bold] wrote: Great to see the pious moaners are out in force Always quick to criticise. Everything's perfect in their make believe world. If you got nothing constructive or good to say then just bloody well shut up! Sick to the back teeth of professional moaners with absolutely nothing to say in the slightest Start concentrating and focusing your energies on your less than perfect lives first[/p][/quote]Rather harsh comments we as locals, are just expressing opinions which I think are valid. Not being pious at all, just stating our reservations of how good the new bridge will be once the traffic is up and running. I will be the first to "eat my words" if im wrong. hamworthygirl
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8:44am Tue 28 Feb 12

Dr knowS best says...

The bridge is great and all the moaners wont mind when there property go's up with the new
Ease in traffic.
It's great well done Poole
The bridge is great and all the moaners wont mind when there property go's up with the new Ease in traffic. It's great well done Poole Dr knowS best
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10:17am Tue 28 Feb 12

Reader Echo says...

Well Dr Knows Best, I don't think you know best in this case.
It is wishful thinking if you think the property prices will rise because of this folly. Furthermore there is good chance that we will see an increase in traffic congestion. Particularly with any reliability problems with the bridge and the bad managing of the traffic schemes.
Well Dr Knows Best, I don't think you know best in this case. It is wishful thinking if you think the property prices will rise because of this folly. Furthermore there is good chance that we will see an increase in traffic congestion. Particularly with any reliability problems with the bridge and the bad managing of the traffic schemes. Reader Echo
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5:47pm Tue 28 Feb 12

bourne free says...

dr strangelove -- yes i agree with the condem party wrecking the economy but dont understand the proping up the housing market at all , can you explain that bit ? My castle is only for the holidays as back and forth every week was expensive in the bentley !
dr strangelove -- yes i agree with the condem party wrecking the economy but dont understand the proping up the housing market at all , can you explain that bit ? My castle is only for the holidays as back and forth every week was expensive in the bentley ! bourne free
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7:57pm Tue 28 Feb 12

moldy john mole says...

The best thing about the bridge
one can hear St James church bells.
The best thing about the bridge one can hear St James church bells. moldy john mole
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12:29am Wed 29 Feb 12

portia6 says...

No more flats exactly Dr
Strangelove tell Elaine Atkinson
head of Poole Borough!
Bring in Mary Portas!
No more flats exactly Dr Strangelove tell Elaine Atkinson head of Poole Borough! Bring in Mary Portas! portia6
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