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New Hamworthy rail crossing starts to take shape

Sections of steelwork have arrived in Poole bringing the opening of the new Hamworthy rail crossing a step closer. 

The long-awaited crossing will offer a safe and direct route for local residents accessing Hamworthy Park. 

The main span that will cross the railway and the north ramp, from the Harbour Reach development, were craned into their permanent position on the bridge support structures by Avon Construction and their main subcontractor, CTS, yesterday (25 November). 

The ramps from the main span to Hamworthy Park will be installed later today (26 November). Following this the parapets and lighting will be fitted. 

Fabrication of the footbridge by CTS Bridges is now in the final stages and will be completed during December. 

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, said: "It was great to see the central span being craned into position. We can now see the rail crossing really starting to take shape".

John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “This is an exciting stage of construction. We hope local people will watch the operations at close quarters from the public footpath on the Harbour Reach side, north of the railway line. We would urge visitors to keep away from the main site area due to the amount of heavy plant that will be operating.”

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “This is a significant milestone in this £780,000 project that will see the first local residents cross the bridge before Christmas.” 

Cllr Mike White, Ward Member for Hamworthy East, Borough of Poole, said: "It is really good news that we are on the last leg of this major project. Both Cllr Vishal Gupta and I look forward to the opening later this year. This will make it so much easier for people to access our beautiful park."