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Hamworthy rail crossing moving on at a pace

Work to build the long awaited rail crossing that offers a safe and direct route for local residents accessing Hamworthy Park, is moving on at a pace. 

Since work started in July, 20 bored piles have been installed to provide the crossing’s foundations and the first part of the ramp on the park side has been constructed. 

At the same time the single span that will cross the railway and the sections to complete the ramps are being fabricated off-site by CTS Bridges and will be delivered in sections ready to be craned into position during early November. 

John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “The on-site preparations have gone very well and are nearing completion. As the fabrication of the span crossing is still ongoing, the works will pause on-site for a couple of weeks until the main steelwork is ready to be delivered to site. We are still on schedule to welcome the first local residents to cross the bridge in December 2015.” 

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “Local residents have been really interested in the works being carried out and are really keen to see this long awaited crossing take shape. The next key milestone will be the installation of the span crossing the railway next month when we will be able to get our first glimpse of how the bridge will actually look.” 

Councillor Vishal Gupta, Ward Member for Hamworthy East, Borough of Poole, said: "On behalf of both Cllr Mike White and myself I really look forward to the completion of this bridge. We are delighted that work is progressing well. The bridge will be a vital link for pedestrians and cyclists saving them time getting to and from the park and will provide a panoramic view of the harbour and the neighbouring islands. "

The construction of the new rail crossing will cost approximately £780,000.