Steel arrives for new £37m Twin Sails Bridge in Dorset

Steel arriving at the site
Image caption A 500-tonne crane was needed to lift the steelwork from the lorry

The first steel sections of a new £37m landmark bridge have arrived in Dorset.

The delivery for the Twin Sails Bridge, which will connect Poole and Hamworthy, contained two 40-tonne sections of bridge deck and two walkway parts.

A 500-tonne crane was needed to lift the 18m (59ft) long steelwork from the lorry.

Building began on the project in October 2010 with the construction of the bridge's supports. It is scheduled to open in 2012.

Parts of the bridge will be assembled on site ready for installation in the summer.

In total, the Twin Sails Bridge will be made of 41 sections of steel.

Borough of Poole transport councillor Ron Parker said: "It is impressive to see this landmark structure beginning to take shape.

"The scale of the operation being undertaken on site is truly world class."

The bridge will span Blackwater Channel in Poole Harbour between Hamworthy and Poole port.

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