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Plans for new bridge near reality
The new bridge is set to cost an estimated 20m
Plans to build a new 20m lifting bridge in a Dorset harbour town have taken a step closer to reality.

The Borough of Poole has submitted a proposal for its Twin Sails Bridge to the Department for Transport.

It hopes the new bridge, a second harbour crossing which will link the town centre with Hamworthy, will help to reduce traffic congestion.

An eight-week consultation period will now take place which may be followed by a public inquiry next year.

We still have a way to go with some tough hurdles ahead but never before has the bridge been more achievable
Councillor Ron Parker

The government is set to contribute 14m, while the rest will be funded by developers working in partnership with the Council.

Councillor Ron Parker, cabinet portfolio holder for the local economy, said: "We are at the stage where the Twin Sails Bridge is closer than ever and today marks the reaching of a significant milestone along the way.

"We still have a way to go with some tough hurdles ahead but never before has the bridge been more achievable. "

A final decision on the new bridge from the Secretary of State is expected in 2006 and the bridge is set to open in 2008 or 2009.


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