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Anger as Twin Sails bridge closed overnight
9:08am Wednesday 17th October 2012 in Latest
THE TWIN Sails Bridge was closed to marine traffic last night after Borough of Poole decided on some last-minute work.
Boat owners were angry after they had only a day’s notice that there would be no 9.30pm and 11.45pm lifts last night.
Brian Smith, who keeps his boat at Cobbs Quay said: “They should be giving us proper notice if the bridge is going to be shut. It’s very hard to contact everyone and let them know. People travel down and then find they can’t get through the bridge.”
However John Rice, engineering and maintenance manager, Borough of Poole said: “As we are not closing the channel to marine traffic there is no statutory notice period required in advance of these essential maintenance works.
“Initially we had intended to start these works following the 23.45 lift. However, the contractor, Hochtief (UK) requested more time to carry out the work as they wanted to ensure that no disruption was caused to the 5.30am lift, which is popular with fishermen.
“Since the winter schedule came into force at the beginning of October, neither the 21.30 or the 23.45 lift has been required so we hope that disruption to marine traffic will be minimal.
“We apologise for any disruption caused while work is carried out and thank mariners for their patience and understanding.”