Poole Bridge closes for planned maintenance

Poole Bridge will close for one week from Monday 24 September to enable pre-planned, essential maintenance to be carried out.

The bridge will be closed to all road traffic, including cyclists and pedestrians, from 7am. During the closure the Twin Sails Bridge will be operating as normal and there will be no significant disruption to marine traffic.

The works being carried out include:

  • inspection, maintenance and replacement of gear boxes, drive motors and other main mechanical items
  • replacement of nose bolts
  • adding additional counter balance weights
  • painting work to superstructure

Lynne Wait, Interim Engineering Manger, Borough of Poole, said: "We are committed to a two-bridge system and want to keep our lifting bridges operating efficiently and reliably in the long term. To achieve this we need to carry out planned preventative maintenance to keep them operating smoothly. By closing Poole Bridge outside of peak times in the year we will be able to minimise disruption to residents who will always have one bridge available.

“We appreciate these works follow on from the recent refurbishment works which focused on replacing the 85 year-old approach spans which were worn out. The annual maintenance concentrates on the operation of the lifting leaves.”

The planned maintenance arrangements for Poole's two lifting bridges are being implemented as:

  • both bridges require regular essential maintenance to reduce the risk of breakdowns, minimise the risk of expensive repairs and maintain public safety
  • it is becoming increasingly expensive to undertake work overnight
  • external suppliers who carry out maintenance of the control systems, hydraulics and high voltage electrical equipment can be booked in advance
  • working in September and March avoids winter weather conditions which can delay the progress of works
  • one bridge will still be available for road user

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