Dorset

Poole Twin Sails Bridge legal action 'out of question'

  • 2 August 2012
  • From the section Dorset
Twin Sails bridge
Image caption The Twin Sails Bridge has been beset by problems since it opened in April

Legal action will not be taken "at this stage" against the builders of a Dorset lifting bridge.

Poole's Twin Sails Bridge opened in April at a cost of £37m but has been beset by closures and delays since.

Poole Borough Council has said legal action against contractor Hochtief (UK) Construction would be "totally inappropriate".

Road resurfacing and the softening of warning sirens are among the repairs to have taken place.

The council said Hochtief is "making good progress" and fully understands and accepts its responsibilities under the terms of its contract.

Image caption The opening of the Twin Sails Bridge was delayed when parts of the road surface broke away

John Rice, engineering and maintenance manager at Poole Borough Council, said the control valves which raise and lower the bridge had been replaced and were now operating "smoothly and reliably".

"Work to soften safety sirens has also been completed while navigation signals for maritime traffic are being upgraded to increase their visibility to mariners.

"This progress has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of bridge lifts that are cancelled or delayed.

"In fact, less than 2% of scheduled lifts have been affected," he said.

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