The Twin Sails Bridge provides critical infrastructure to unlock 26 hectares of brownfieldland on one of the largest regeneration sites in the South West. We are committed to ensuring Poole continues to benefit from a two-bridge system.
LEAD: Borough of Poole
Department for Transport
After many years of lobbying the Government, the Secretary of State for Transport backed our second lifting bridge scheme in 2006. Poole was awarded £14.1 million from Department for Transport and £1.2 million LTP towards the much-needed second harbour crossing to help safeguard the future economic growth and employment opportunities in Hamworthy, as well as unlocking many redevelopment sites for regeneration. The total build cost was £37 million, took 20 months to complete and opened in March 2012.
easier access to the Port and Hamworthy
cutting traffic congestion
unlocking regeneration sites
creating new homes and jobs
The immediate benefits of the two-bridge system were cutting traffic congestion in the town centre and providing uninterrupted access to the Port and Hamworthy area. The bridge remains at the heart of the town’s plans for the future, unlocking many of its regeneration sites.
The Twin Sails Bridge was the world’s first lifting-bridge of its type, opening at a 90 degree angle. The lifting leaves resemble the sails of a yacht, reflecting Poole’s rich maritime heritage in a unique architectural feature.