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Twin Sails Bridge road work begins in Poole Harbour

Artist's impression of bridge at night
Up to 5,000 jobs could be created, according to the council

Work has begun on the approach road for a new bridge in Dorset.

The £37m Twin Sails Bridge in Poole Harbour will connect Hamworthy with Poole Port and is due to open in 2012.

Wilkins Way in Poole will be closed for up to two years while the road is built to link the new bridge to the junction of West Quay Road.

The bridge will provide access to 64 acres (26 ha) of brownfield land where 2,000 new homes are planned over the next 10 years.

Poole Borough Council predicts the bridge and associated development could create up to 5,000 jobs.

In April, the council announced it had appointed construction firm Hochtief as the contractor to build the second harbour crossing.

Construction is expected to last 20 months.

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