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Your Borough Of Poole

Existing Lifting Bridge

The existing Poole lifting bridge was built in 1926. At the time, it was regarded as a state-of-the-art engineering solution to the challenge of providing a road link across a busy shipping channel.

Some interesting facts about the Poole lifting bridge:

  • The existing lifting bridge was officially opened in 1927, and is the third to be located on the site.
    It has 7 time-tabled lifts a day and another 10 unscheduled lifts for commercial boats.
  • It has provided an estimated 400,000 lifts since it first opened in 1927.
  • Some of the rules for the bridge date back to William IV's reign.
  • The most road traffic recorded over the bridge was 22,000 vehicles a day, in 1988. The Holes Bay Road has taken some traffic off, and typical flows are now 20,000 vehicles a day.
  • Boat traffic is very seasonal - in winter there may be less than 10 boats a day, on peak summer weekends, over 300.
  • The average lift is 6 minutes, but on peak summer weekends the bridge may be up for 35 minutes.
  • The bridge is a public highway, free to users. However bridges that stood there before 1927 were privately owned toll bridges.
  • The two halves of the deck weigh 180 tonnes each - but they are so well balanced that they can be lifted by hand.

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