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Poole's Twin Sails Bridge opens at last

Poole’s iconic Twin Sails lift bridge is now open to traffic after contractors fixed problems with the road surfacing.

A formal opening ceremony took place last month with a visit by Princess Anne and an evening of celebrations was also held which included performances by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and local choirs.

But contractor Hochtief was forced to resurface the bridge before it even opened to traffic because cracks began appearing on the road surface of its two triangular lifting sections during full loading tests.

The 140m-long, five-span bridge - which crosses Poole harbour on the south coast - was due to open on 12 March.

The bridge is set to become a signature structure on the skyline as well as a catalyst for the regeneration of Poole’s town centre. Lead consultant was Ramboll and architect was Wilkinson Eyre.

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