Work Starts On Poole's Twin Sails Bridge

24 January 2011, 10:22 | Updated: 10 February 2011, 11:08

The new link road, connecting Blandford Road in Hamworthy to the Twin Sails Bridge, will ease traffic flows and reduce congestion in Hamworthy and the town centre when Poole's second harbour crossing opens in early 2012.

Work on the new road is scheduled for completion by the autumn and temporary traffic lights will be in place on Blandford Road at the junction of Rigler Road from today (Monday, 24 January).

The three-way temporary lights will operate 24 hours a day and are likely to be in place until August while construction of a new junction for the link road is carried out.

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, said: "When the Twin Sails Bridge opens in 2012, the new link road will improve traffic flows and ease congestion in and around the town centre and Hamworthy. Unfortunately, disruption for motorists using the Blandford Road is unavoidable during construction.

"We are working with the contractors to do all we can to minimise the impact of this work. However, we would advise motorists travelling via Blandford Road to allow some additional time for their journeys, especially at busy times of the day."  

The council will monitor traffic flows to see if any further action can be taken to reduce the impact of the work.

The work, jointly commissioned and funded by the landowners Gallagher Poole Limited and Lands Improvement Holdings PLC, will include the reconstruction and widening of Rigler Road.