Business chiefs have given their backing to plans for a second harbour crossing in a Dorset town.
The local council hopes the bridge will help cut traffic congestion
The support comes ahead of this month's public inquiry into the Twin Sails Bridge scheme in Poole.
Peter Scott, chief executive of Dorset Business, said most local companies thought the bridge would boost the economy and bring in more investment.
Poole Borough Council claims the new link with Hamworthy is needed to help cut traffic congestion in the area.
Mr Scott, who promotes business opportunities in the county, said: "Poole needs a second crossing to facilitate unhindered access between the communities of Hamworthy and Poole, and to provide a reliable transport connection to the port of Poole.
"The proposed bridge appears to me to represent an outcome which balances the often competing imperatives of upgrading transportation links, facilitating access to mixed-use land, enhancing prospects for the business community, improving quality of life and minimising the impact on the environment."
The council believes building the bridge will bring £1bn of investment to the town.
The public inquiry begins on 27 September and is expected to last up to four weeks.