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22 November 2010, 16:12
New navigation signals for vessels are being installed on Poole Bridge to control the flow of marine traffic through the Backwater Channel.
These new signals will replace the existing signals on the bridge.
New columns have been installed on the timber fenders each side of the channel on the bridge approaches. Work to fit the cables and electrical control systems is now underway.
Testing of the control systems will take place before the new navigation signals become fully operational towards the end of November 2010. The existing signals will remain in use until then.
Julian McLaughlin, Head of Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, said:
“Poole Bridge will continue to function normally while the work is being undertaken. This investment will enhance the safety of mariners passing through the bridge as the new system will be the same as many others installed at ports and marinas around the country.”
The work is required to ensure the navigation signals on Poole Bridge comply with the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). Similar signals are incorporated into the design of the Twin Sails Bridge which is currently under construction.
The Twin Sails Bridge, which is scheduled to open in early 2012, will provide critical infrastructure for 26 hectares of brownfield land and unlock one of the largest regeneration sites in the South West. Over the next 10 to 15 years, this project is expected to deliver 2,000 homes and create up to 5,000 jobs.