A REPORT on the fault that has put the Twin Sails Bridge out of action is expected early next week, a ward councillor has said. Andy Hadley, who represents the Poole Town ward, said he had only been contacted by council officers about the issue yesterday morning, six days after the bridge closed.

Poole council released a statement about the bridge fault on Thursday.

However, engineers have set no date for when the bridge will re-open and could only confirm there was a problem with the lifting mechanism on the structure's Hamworthy leaf.

After demanding more information from the council's transport department, Cllr Hadley, a member of Poole People Party, said he had received an apology from officers. "We did have a note from the officers apologising they hadn’t informed us sooner. "There are people looking at the bridge and they expect to get a report back early next week. They’re not at the stage of knowing what the fault is, which is frustrating as this is causing repeated disruption for people."

He added: "People on social media have been saying the arm of the bridge is twisted, but it’s a hydraulic issue." Cllr Hadley has asked if the traffic lights can be turned off at Rigler Road while the bridge is closed to allow a two-way flow of traffic and ease disruption.