A community weekend to celebrate the first crossing of the newly constructed Twin Sails Bridge will be hosted by Cllr Graham Wilson, Mayor of Poole, next week. The project to build a second bridge to ease the pressure on the existing 85-year-old structure has been under way for more than 30 years. In this time the scheme has suffered many setbacks and has often looked unlikely. This is a history of how the new bridge came into being.
Images – Poole Power Station: Chris Downer, Bridge Design Competition: Flint and Neil Ltd, John Prescott: Steve Punter, Palace of Westminster: Mgimelfarb, Bournemouth Town Hall: Keith Edkins, Twin Sails Bridge: Chris Downer, The Queen: Poole Borough Council, Douglas Alexander: World Economic Forum, Construction Begins: Hallmark Productions, Mayor of Poole: Ashley Crowson.