At last: Poole's Twin Sails bridge is to open to traffic

Picture by Richard Crease.

Picture by Richard Crease.

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The long-awaited day has finally arrived – Poole’s Twin Sails Bridge is open to traffic.

The pride of Poole has put its teething troubles behind it and the £21.6million structure is finally open for business.

At 9.38am the first car crossed the bridge.

Local man Dave Ellison, who has watched the construction from his nearby home, was determined to be the first across.

After that, there has been slow occasional traffic, which included the Mayor of Poole Cllr Graham Wilson, who was first to cross from the Hamworthy side.

Work to resurface the lifting leaves, after the problems that saw the road surface crack and then crumble, was successfully completed last week.

And Borough of Poole accepted the structure from contractors Hochtief (UK) Construction Ltd yesterday.

“This really is a fantastic day for Poole,” said Cllr Elaine Atkinson, leader of the council.

“The Twin Sails Bridge provides a much-needed second harbour crossing and unlocks large regeneration sites for the town.”

She added: “Projects of this nature will inevitably experience minor issues and we are pleased that we have been able to complete the construction of the Twin Sails Bridge within two years, which was always our target.”

After a community weekend in February, official party and seal of approval from the Princess Royal in March, the first sign of the low-key opening was when traffic signals and electronic messaging boards in the town centre were switched on and tested after the morning rush hour.

Shortly after the 9.30am lift, the first vehicles were due to be let across the bridge, which will work in conjunction with the 85-year-old Poole Bridge.

They will operate in a way that allows traffic to flow across the Back Water Channel between the town centre and Hamworthy.

The £37million project includes a road design with signs directing vehicles to whichever of the bridges is open to vehicles at that time.

“The new road networks that have been introduced as part of the Twin Sails project have been operating successfully for a number of months and the opening of the Twin Sails Bridge will complete these improvements,” said Julian McLaughlin, head of transportation services.

“In addition to traffic flows, the scheme also offers benefits for pedestrians and cyclists,” he said.

The new bridge is at the centre of one of the largest regeneration schemes in the region and over the next 10-15 years is expected to deliver 2,000 homes and create up to 5,000 jobs.

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9:25am Wed 4 Apr 12

wallydown says...

And if you believe all that old nonsense youll believe anything ,bridges dont create jobs thats what viable businesses and a sound economy lead to, a bridge is hardly likely to inspire anyone after all there is another one half a mile down the road and its been there 85 years .also traffic is only feeding into the same old road system around it ,which frankly is best avoided at all times
excuse me if i dont sound too enthusiastic, heard it all before
And if you believe all that old nonsense youll believe anything ,bridges dont create jobs thats what viable businesses and a sound economy lead to, a bridge is hardly likely to inspire anyone after all there is another one half a mile down the road and its been there 85 years .also traffic is only feeding into the same old road system around it ,which frankly is best avoided at all times excuse me if i dont sound too enthusiastic, heard it all before wallydown
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9:33am Wed 4 Apr 12

Jetwasher says...

LL put a bet on its not open everyday within the next two weeks !
LL put a bet on its not open everyday within the next two weeks ! Jetwasher
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10:12am Wed 4 Apr 12

ilovepoole says...

At last! This will be the start of a big tidying up project for the area - this is a gateway to the south coast for holidaymakers from all over Europe coming in on the boats and it's been a backwater for too long! I can't wait to see what the future holds for the area.
At last! This will be the start of a big tidying up project for the area - this is a gateway to the south coast for holidaymakers from all over Europe coming in on the boats and it's been a backwater for too long! I can't wait to see what the future holds for the area. ilovepoole
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10:25am Wed 4 Apr 12

benjamin says...

Wrong bridge, wrong place. If some of Sydenhams had been purchased. Then a shorter, less expensive, more efficient bridge could have been built alongside the existing bridge. No expensive road works, no disruption to traffic flow on Blandford Road and importantly no bridge lifts every hour.
Wrong bridge, wrong place. If some of Sydenhams had been purchased. Then a shorter, less expensive, more efficient bridge could have been built alongside the existing bridge. No expensive road works, no disruption to traffic flow on Blandford Road and importantly no bridge lifts every hour. benjamin
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10:50am Wed 4 Apr 12

rugby_dave says...

benjamin wrote:
Wrong bridge, wrong place. If some of Sydenhams had been purchased. Then a shorter, less expensive, more efficient bridge could have been built alongside the existing bridge. No expensive road works, no disruption to traffic flow on Blandford Road and importantly no bridge lifts every hour.
how would of building a new bridge next to the old been better!? it would either have to lift at the same time, or be very high up! which would be an eyesore and take up alot of room with the approach ramps either side!!
[quote][p][bold]benjamin[/bold] wrote: Wrong bridge, wrong place. If some of Sydenhams had been purchased. Then a shorter, less expensive, more efficient bridge could have been built alongside the existing bridge. No expensive road works, no disruption to traffic flow on Blandford Road and importantly no bridge lifts every hour.[/p][/quote]how would of building a new bridge next to the old been better!? it would either have to lift at the same time, or be very high up! which would be an eyesore and take up alot of room with the approach ramps either side!! rugby_dave
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10:51am Wed 4 Apr 12

wallydown says...

ilovepoole wrote:
At last! This will be the start of a big tidying up project for the area - this is a gateway to the south coast for holidaymakers from all over Europe coming in on the boats and it's been a backwater for too long! I can't wait to see what the future holds for the area.
Youre dreaming do you work for the council ? What will this bridge do that the other one doesnt? The regeneration plan is for 15 ···· yes 15 years . In the current economic climate you couldnt predict 15 days ahead so what a load of rubbish
why would holidaymakers use this as a gateway to the south coast ,one way takes you to the upmarket area of Turlin Moor and the other along a dual carrigeway or into the picturesque and ancient town of Poole!! Well excuse me but neither is on my bucket list of things to see before i die - but i have to applaud your imagination ,deluded though you obviously are
[quote][p][bold]ilovepoole[/bold] wrote: At last! This will be the start of a big tidying up project for the area - this is a gateway to the south coast for holidaymakers from all over Europe coming in on the boats and it's been a backwater for too long! I can't wait to see what the future holds for the area.[/p][/quote]Youre dreaming do you work for the council ? What will this bridge do that the other one doesnt? The regeneration plan is for 15 ···· yes 15 years . In the current economic climate you couldnt predict 15 days ahead so what a load of rubbish why would holidaymakers use this as a gateway to the south coast ,one way takes you to the upmarket area of Turlin Moor and the other along a dual carrigeway or into the picturesque and ancient town of Poole!! Well excuse me but neither is on my bucket list of things to see before i die - but i have to applaud your imagination ,deluded though you obviously are wallydown
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11:01am Wed 4 Apr 12

ilovepoole says...

wallydown wrote:
ilovepoole wrote:
At last! This will be the start of a big tidying up project for the area - this is a gateway to the south coast for holidaymakers from all over Europe coming in on the boats and it's been a backwater for too long! I can't wait to see what the future holds for the area.
Youre dreaming do you work for the council ? What will this bridge do that the other one doesnt? The regeneration plan is for 15 ···· yes 15 years . In the current economic climate you couldnt predict 15 days ahead so what a load of rubbish
why would holidaymakers use this as a gateway to the south coast ,one way takes you to the upmarket area of Turlin Moor and the other along a dual carrigeway or into the picturesque and ancient town of Poole!! Well excuse me but neither is on my bucket list of things to see before i die - but i have to applaud your imagination ,deluded though you obviously are
How rude you are! I am neither deluded nor a council worker! I am just glad to see things progressing in Poole, it's been in a muddle for far too long and this has kickstarted a lot of regeneration along the harbour. Perhaps you are too old and think that 15 years is too long to wait, I, luckily have plenty of years left in me. No, we don't want to holiday in our own area and excuse me, there is more than Turlin Moor down here if you actually knew the area! We do, however, enjoy a healthy tourist economy and surely any regeneration will ensure that this exists past our years! Sorry, but I prefer to look on the bright side and not be a misery!
[quote][p][bold]wallydown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ilovepoole[/bold] wrote: At last! This will be the start of a big tidying up project for the area - this is a gateway to the south coast for holidaymakers from all over Europe coming in on the boats and it's been a backwater for too long! I can't wait to see what the future holds for the area.[/p][/quote]Youre dreaming do you work for the council ? What will this bridge do that the other one doesnt? The regeneration plan is for 15 ···· yes 15 years . In the current economic climate you couldnt predict 15 days ahead so what a load of rubbish why would holidaymakers use this as a gateway to the south coast ,one way takes you to the upmarket area of Turlin Moor and the other along a dual carrigeway or into the picturesque and ancient town of Poole!! Well excuse me but neither is on my bucket list of things to see before i die - but i have to applaud your imagination ,deluded though you obviously are[/p][/quote]How rude you are! I am neither deluded nor a council worker! I am just glad to see things progressing in Poole, it's been in a muddle for far too long and this has kickstarted a lot of regeneration along the harbour. Perhaps you are too old and think that 15 years is too long to wait, I, luckily have plenty of years left in me. No, we don't want to holiday in our own area and excuse me, there is more than Turlin Moor down here if you actually knew the area! We do, however, enjoy a healthy tourist economy and surely any regeneration will ensure that this exists past our years! Sorry, but I prefer to look on the bright side and not be a misery! ilovepoole
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11:16am Wed 4 Apr 12

ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH says...

here here ilovepoole. it really is a nice looking bridge.
here here ilovepoole. it really is a nice looking bridge. ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH
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11:19am Wed 4 Apr 12

flossjill says...

Why do some people always look on the negative side. This bridge is a beautiful structure and is already an improvement to the area. The future will bring what the council can afford and they DO keep Poole looking good.
Living here seems to have made some of you blind to the beauty of the harbour and the history of the area. Maybe you should 'get out more' and look at the things Poole has to offer tourists and locals alike, instead of criticising everything they try to do to improve things.
Why do some people always look on the negative side. This bridge is a beautiful structure and is already an improvement to the area. The future will bring what the council can afford and they DO keep Poole looking good. Living here seems to have made some of you blind to the beauty of the harbour and the history of the area. Maybe you should 'get out more' and look at the things Poole has to offer tourists and locals alike, instead of criticising everything they try to do to improve things. flossjill
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11:20am Wed 4 Apr 12

ilovepoole says...

ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH wrote:
here here ilovepoole. it really is a nice looking bridge.
Thank you! We need to have some love for our areas, or we should just b*gger off! Some people just like to slag anything off and especially the 'we hate Hamworthy' bandwagon! x
[quote][p][bold]ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH[/bold] wrote: here here ilovepoole. it really is a nice looking bridge.[/p][/quote]Thank you! We need to have some love for our areas, or we should just b*gger off! Some people just like to slag anything off and especially the 'we hate Hamworthy' bandwagon! x ilovepoole
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11:22am Wed 4 Apr 12

ilovepoole says...

flossjill wrote:
Why do some people always look on the negative side. This bridge is a beautiful structure and is already an improvement to the area. The future will bring what the council can afford and they DO keep Poole looking good.
Living here seems to have made some of you blind to the beauty of the harbour and the history of the area. Maybe you should 'get out more' and look at the things Poole has to offer tourists and locals alike, instead of criticising everything they try to do to improve things.
It's a shame and a fact of life - people can't see what's in front of their noses because they are too busy looking down them!!! x
[quote][p][bold]flossjill[/bold] wrote: Why do some people always look on the negative side. This bridge is a beautiful structure and is already an improvement to the area. The future will bring what the council can afford and they DO keep Poole looking good. Living here seems to have made some of you blind to the beauty of the harbour and the history of the area. Maybe you should 'get out more' and look at the things Poole has to offer tourists and locals alike, instead of criticising everything they try to do to improve things.[/p][/quote]It's a shame and a fact of life - people can't see what's in front of their noses because they are too busy looking down them!!! x ilovepoole
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11:49am Wed 4 Apr 12

john in poole says...

Just cycled over the new bridge its a credit to hamworthy
dozens of pictures on the boundary fence my sister is on two of them and one off me as a boy in the football team

its working great no traffic holds in either direction

omg how jealous are you now of turlin more and hamworthy.
Just cycled over the new bridge its a credit to hamworthy dozens of pictures on the boundary fence my sister is on two of them and one off me as a boy in the football team its working great no traffic holds in either direction omg how jealous are you now of turlin more and hamworthy. john in poole
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11:52am Wed 4 Apr 12

ilovepoole says...

john in poole wrote:
Just cycled over the new bridge its a credit to hamworthy
dozens of pictures on the boundary fence my sister is on two of them and one off me as a boy in the football team

its working great no traffic holds in either direction

omg how jealous are you now of turlin more and hamworthy.
LOVE THIS COMMENT!!!!
[quote][p][bold]john in poole[/bold] wrote: Just cycled over the new bridge its a credit to hamworthy dozens of pictures on the boundary fence my sister is on two of them and one off me as a boy in the football team its working great no traffic holds in either direction omg how jealous are you now of turlin more and hamworthy.[/p][/quote]LOVE THIS COMMENT!!!! ilovepoole
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12:17pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Mindvor says...

Hurrah! A new way home and I think it looks great. Will be interesting to see the developments as they progress over the years...gawd knows the area needs/deserves it.

Here, here to the "glass half full" brigade (I'm one of you)! However I do acknowledge the concerns of the clearly superior engineering and town planning experts that comment here...only time will tell.
Hurrah! A new way home and I think it looks great. Will be interesting to see the developments as they progress over the years...gawd knows the area needs/deserves it. Here, here to the "glass half full" brigade (I'm one of you)! However I do acknowledge the concerns of the clearly superior engineering and town planning experts that comment here...only time will tell. Mindvor
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12:56pm Wed 4 Apr 12

live-and-let-live says...

why is the pavement on the left from hamworthy not finished? didnt they have time? or did they run out of tarmac?
why is the pavement on the left from hamworthy not finished? didnt they have time? or did they run out of tarmac? live-and-let-live
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1:09pm Wed 4 Apr 12

haveigotnewsforyou? says...

So how many of the wrong bridge wrong place, waste of money ugly bridge brigade have been over it now it's open? Gone on, admit it. You have haven't you!
So how many of the wrong bridge wrong place, waste of money ugly bridge brigade have been over it now it's open? Gone on, admit it. You have haven't you! haveigotnewsforyou?
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1:22pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Brian Clements says...

I am proud to have been associated with it since 1999 and only regret that it has taken so long to finish. The result is tremendous and will be a credit to Poole for many years to come. Just one quibble, I was pleased to see the Leader of the Council there but why did she need TWO public relations assistants with her?
I am proud to have been associated with it since 1999 and only regret that it has taken so long to finish. The result is tremendous and will be a credit to Poole for many years to come. Just one quibble, I was pleased to see the Leader of the Council there but why did she need TWO public relations assistants with her? Brian Clements
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1:27pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Pablo23 says...

Wow, an Echo story where the positive comments are outweighing te negative for a change !
Wow, an Echo story where the positive comments are outweighing te negative for a change ! Pablo23
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2:38pm Wed 4 Apr 12

EGHH says...

I'm absolutely delighted that the bridge is open at last. Lets hope it gives the town the same service as its older brother!
I'm absolutely delighted that the bridge is open at last. Lets hope it gives the town the same service as its older brother! EGHH
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3:41pm Wed 4 Apr 12

davecook says...

Nice to see the bridge open at last, looking for ward to going over it!
Nice to see the bridge open at last, looking for ward to going over it! davecook
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4:33pm Wed 4 Apr 12

sea poole says...

Brian Clements -have you ever heard her speak? Says it all...!
Brian Clements -have you ever heard her speak? Says it all...! sea poole
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5:26pm Wed 4 Apr 12

ldc says...

haveigotnewsforyou? wrote:
So how many of the wrong bridge wrong place, waste of money ugly bridge brigade have been over it now it's open? Gone on, admit it. You have haven't you!
No i haven't either and nor will I while the investigation into the exact cause of the problem is ongoing. Agree with jetwasher - off to place a bet now.
[quote][p][bold]haveigotnewsforyou?[/bold] wrote: So how many of the wrong bridge wrong place, waste of money ugly bridge brigade have been over it now it's open? Gone on, admit it. You have haven't you![/p][/quote]No i haven't either and nor will I while the investigation into the exact cause of the problem is ongoing. Agree with jetwasher - off to place a bet now. ldc
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5:38pm Wed 4 Apr 12

manyogie says...

Brian Clements wrote:
I am proud to have been associated with it since 1999 and only regret that it has taken so long to finish. The result is tremendous and will be a credit to Poole for many years to come. Just one quibble, I was pleased to see the Leader of the Council there but why did she need TWO public relations assistants with her?
Er, because councilors have no financial awareness perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]Brian Clements[/bold] wrote: I am proud to have been associated with it since 1999 and only regret that it has taken so long to finish. The result is tremendous and will be a credit to Poole for many years to come. Just one quibble, I was pleased to see the Leader of the Council there but why did she need TWO public relations assistants with her?[/p][/quote]Er, because councilors have no financial awareness perhaps? manyogie
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5:54pm Wed 4 Apr 12

seeley says...

my mum went over the bridge this morning on the bus as she said it was a very smooth ride and she like it
my mum went over the bridge this morning on the bus as she said it was a very smooth ride and she like it seeley
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8:30pm Wed 4 Apr 12

joncon says...

Brian Clements wrote:
I am proud to have been associated with it since 1999 and only regret that it has taken so long to finish. The result is tremendous and will be a credit to Poole for many years to come. Just one quibble, I was pleased to see the Leader of the Council there but why did she need TWO public relations assistants with her?
Too bad we've had to wait even longer than that for a new football ground, isnt it? All thanks to cllr clements party.
[quote][p][bold]Brian Clements[/bold] wrote: I am proud to have been associated with it since 1999 and only regret that it has taken so long to finish. The result is tremendous and will be a credit to Poole for many years to come. Just one quibble, I was pleased to see the Leader of the Council there but why did she need TWO public relations assistants with her?[/p][/quote]Too bad we've had to wait even longer than that for a new football ground, isnt it? All thanks to cllr clements party. joncon
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9:01pm Wed 4 Apr 12

twoofdiamonds says...

"Too bad we've had to wait even longer than that for a new football ground, isnt it? All thanks to cllr clements party."

Perhaps I should state the obvious...........th
e bridge will be used by just a few more people than who would use a football ground. It should also herald possibly the biggest change to the town's status and structure that has Poole has ever experienced.
"Too bad we've had to wait even longer than that for a new football ground, isnt it? All thanks to cllr clements party." Perhaps I should state the obvious...........th e bridge will be used by just a few more people than who would use a football ground. It should also herald possibly the biggest change to the town's status and structure that has Poole has ever experienced. twoofdiamonds
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9:57pm Wed 4 Apr 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Perhaps like Operation Market Garden, this is 'A bridge too far'?
It is only a bridge!
Perhaps like Operation Market Garden, this is 'A bridge too far'? It is only a bridge! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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10:01pm Wed 4 Apr 12

john in poole says...

the new bridge is not on a bus route your mother is pulling your plonka
the new bridge is not on a bus route your mother is pulling your plonka john in poole
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10:29pm Wed 4 Apr 12

twoofdiamonds says...

The new bridge IS being used by buses, but only when the old bridge is up:

Wilts and Dorset have indicated that they will continue to run the 152 and 9 services across the existing Poole Bridge, except at times when this bridge is lifted at which times the services will divert across Twin Sails.
The new bridge IS being used by buses, but only when the old bridge is up: Wilts and Dorset have indicated that they will continue to run the 152 and 9 services across the existing Poole Bridge, except at times when this bridge is lifted at which times the services will divert across Twin Sails. twoofdiamonds
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10:48pm Wed 4 Apr 12

Cheeks22 says...

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, as I may be due to the fact I've only glanced down Rigler Road a few times, but am I right in thinking you can only turn left in and left out of Rigler Road? Which would mean as an alternative bridge to the one at the Quay, it would defeat the whole object as motorists are still going to be stuck in the traffic when the bridge at the Quay is up?

I could be wrong... I haven't really followed the bridge's new etc so I'm not entirely sure.
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, as I may be due to the fact I've only glanced down Rigler Road a few times, but am I right in thinking you can only turn left in and left out of Rigler Road? Which would mean as an alternative bridge to the one at the Quay, it would defeat the whole object as motorists are still going to be stuck in the traffic when the bridge at the Quay is up? I could be wrong... I haven't really followed the bridge's new etc so I'm not entirely sure. Cheeks22
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7:06am Thu 5 Apr 12

hamworthygirl says...

Typical ive waited years the bridge and am away at friends when it finally opens. Still at least its open now so will see how it all works when I return.
Typical ive waited years the bridge and am away at friends when it finally opens. Still at least its open now so will see how it all works when I return. hamworthygirl
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7:56am Thu 5 Apr 12

john in poole says...

you can turn L&R in and out onto the blanford rd
i dont know how some of you managed to pass a test or get away for a short break, god help us when you get back
there's a bus stop here at upton that goes to nowhere.
you can turn L&R in and out onto the blanford rd i dont know how some of you managed to pass a test or get away for a short break, god help us when you get back there's a bus stop here at upton that goes to nowhere. john in poole
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7:59am Thu 5 Apr 12

wallydown says...

If the highlight of your life is crossing a bridge you really do need to get out more.it really is not going to have any impact on your lives, dont believe the hype ! There has been a bridge down the road for 85 years(honestly go and take a look) which does the same job .how will building 2000 houses in that area benefit any one of you - wont it actually mean that another 4000+ people will be looking for work?
If the highlight of your life is crossing a bridge you really do need to get out more.it really is not going to have any impact on your lives, dont believe the hype ! There has been a bridge down the road for 85 years(honestly go and take a look) which does the same job .how will building 2000 houses in that area benefit any one of you - wont it actually mean that another 4000+ people will be looking for work? wallydown
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12:54pm Thu 5 Apr 12

expatevo says...

Can't help but think the money would have been better spent improving the rail network, perhaps adding a station at the ferry terminal. When petrol reaches a price beyond the masses reach the bridge will just be a relic from the past!
Can't help but think the money would have been better spent improving the rail network, perhaps adding a station at the ferry terminal. When petrol reaches a price beyond the masses reach the bridge will just be a relic from the past! expatevo
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4:20pm Thu 5 Apr 12

lorrainea says...

Brian Clements...... never happy unless he is moaning!
Brian Clements...... never happy unless he is moaning! lorrainea
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7:45pm Thu 5 Apr 12

belliez says...

I cannot understand why so many negative comments. I'm a proud Poole resident and think the bridge looks amazing- especially when lit up at night. a great asset to the area and well needed to relieve congestion when the other bridge is open! New road system is much better also.

Good work and look forward to using it soon.
I cannot understand why so many negative comments. I'm a proud Poole resident and think the bridge looks amazing- especially when lit up at night. a great asset to the area and well needed to relieve congestion when the other bridge is open! New road system is much better also. Good work and look forward to using it soon. belliez
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7:46pm Thu 5 Apr 12

belliez says...

I cannot understand why so many negative comments. I'm a proud Poole resident and think the bridge looks amazing- especially when lit up at night. a great asset to the area and well needed to relieve congestion when the other bridge is open! New road system is much better also.

Good work and look forward to using it soon.
I cannot understand why so many negative comments. I'm a proud Poole resident and think the bridge looks amazing- especially when lit up at night. a great asset to the area and well needed to relieve congestion when the other bridge is open! New road system is much better also. Good work and look forward to using it soon. belliez
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10:56pm Thu 5 Apr 12

b26b says...

Im sure its all very lovely but you only see the fact that its meant to be 'sails' when it is up?
And by that point you Dont really care, you just want it to lower so you can be on your way.
Im sure its all very lovely but you only see the fact that its meant to be 'sails' when it is up? And by that point you Dont really care, you just want it to lower so you can be on your way. b26b
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11:01pm Thu 5 Apr 12

b26b says...

Mind you that corner on the Hamworthy end is inspired.
Good corner to get the tail out.
Mind you that corner on the Hamworthy end is inspired. Good corner to get the tail out. b26b
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9:25am Fri 6 Apr 12

Dibbles2 says...

john in poole wrote:
the new bridge is not on a bus route your mother is pulling your plonka
Or perhaps Mummy was using code for something else?
[quote][p][bold]john in poole[/bold] wrote: the new bridge is not on a bus route your mother is pulling your plonka[/p][/quote]Or perhaps Mummy was using code for something else? Dibbles2
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5:49pm Fri 6 Apr 12

ilovepoole says...

wallydown wrote:
If the highlight of your life is crossing a bridge you really do need to get out more.it really is not going to have any impact on your lives, dont believe the hype ! There has been a bridge down the road for 85 years(honestly go and take a look) which does the same job .how will building 2000 houses in that area benefit any one of you - wont it actually mean that another 4000+ people will be looking for work?
Wallydown, I'm afraid you are wrong yet again! I had my first taste of the bridges today and instead of having to wait because I arrived around the half past at the old bridge I sailed straight through and then straight through Poole! It was wonderful I can tell you having spent years waiting for a few boats to drift through before I can get about my business. Yes, it is a hilight for a lot of people, we've all been waiting a long time for this and it's fantastic that the council are prepared to spend so much money on an area that obviously isn't as hideous as the rest of Poole & Bournemouth want to believe it is!
[quote][p][bold]wallydown[/bold] wrote: If the highlight of your life is crossing a bridge you really do need to get out more.it really is not going to have any impact on your lives, dont believe the hype ! There has been a bridge down the road for 85 years(honestly go and take a look) which does the same job .how will building 2000 houses in that area benefit any one of you - wont it actually mean that another 4000+ people will be looking for work?[/p][/quote]Wallydown, I'm afraid you are wrong yet again! I had my first taste of the bridges today and instead of having to wait because I arrived around the half past at the old bridge I sailed straight through and then straight through Poole! It was wonderful I can tell you having spent years waiting for a few boats to drift through before I can get about my business. Yes, it is a hilight for a lot of people, we've all been waiting a long time for this and it's fantastic that the council are prepared to spend so much money on an area that obviously isn't as hideous as the rest of Poole & Bournemouth want to believe it is! ilovepoole
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6:59pm Fri 6 Apr 12

secretdolphin says...

twoofdiamonds wrote:
"Too bad we've had to wait even longer than that for a new football ground, isnt it? All thanks to cllr clements party."

Perhaps I should state the obvious...........th

e bridge will be used by just a few more people than who would use a football ground. It should also herald possibly the biggest change to the town's status and structure that has Poole has ever experienced.
The difference is that people come to Poole, and recognise Poole because of the football team whereas a bridge, however iconic, is only a bit of road.

The only possible exception to this is Tower Bridge in London. Of course that may be on your itinerary after a match in the Capital.
[quote][p][bold]twoofdiamonds[/bold] wrote: "Too bad we've had to wait even longer than that for a new football ground, isnt it? All thanks to cllr clements party." Perhaps I should state the obvious...........th e bridge will be used by just a few more people than who would use a football ground. It should also herald possibly the biggest change to the town's status and structure that has Poole has ever experienced.[/p][/quote]The difference is that people come to Poole, and recognise Poole because of the football team whereas a bridge, however iconic, is only a bit of road. The only possible exception to this is Tower Bridge in London. Of course that may be on your itinerary after a match in the Capital. secretdolphin
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9:49pm Fri 6 Apr 12

The Cerne Giant says...

Sadly the once competitive and proud Town footie club is just "A Bridge to Far" to deserve it's very own Stadia - sad but true
Sadly the once competitive and proud Town footie club is just "A Bridge to Far" to deserve it's very own Stadia - sad but true The Cerne Giant
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8:50pm Sun 8 Apr 12

portia6 says...

If you care to explore the area
there is Hamworthy Park with
a lovely little beach and cafe,
further along we have Upton
House with nature reserve and
the Peacock cafe. Shane about
Greenridge pub soon to be demolished! There is a swimming pool at Hamworthy middle school also!
If you care to explore the area there is Hamworthy Park with a lovely little beach and cafe, further along we have Upton House with nature reserve and the Peacock cafe. Shane about Greenridge pub soon to be demolished! There is a swimming pool at Hamworthy middle school also! portia6
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