The Twin Sails Bridge in Poole was forced to close again on Monday following a broken mast.
Harbor Transport is a Dorset business hit by the closure, with workers “worried” for the long term future of the business.
❗❗ Update on the Twin Sails Bridge
Engineers have removed the broken mast but some further mechanical issues need addressing before it can reopen. It remains closed to vehicles but open for pedestrians. Poole Bridge is still in operation for vehicles to access Hamworthy. pic.twitter.com/LJkAoA5igd
— BCP Council (@BCPCouncil) January 17, 2023
Harbor Transport limited is a courier and haulage company based in Poole that offers ‘same-day dedicated deliveries’.
However, the closure has cut off an access point for the staff, causing delays for employees in the mornings.
Louise Operational Executive for Harbor Transport said: “It’s out of our control. Harbor Transport can’t guarantee a time that goods are going to arrive to our customers.
“We can’t keep up with the consumer backlog.”
This isn’t the first time Twin Sails bridge has faced a problem.
Louise added:” It’s happened before with the bridge, it’s unreliable.
“It’s been built to look nice, almost like a tourist attraction, but it’s useless.
“There is potential for a loss in our business if customers are not happy”
A BCP Council spokesperson said: “There are some further mechanical issues that need addressing before it can reopen.
“The bridge remains closed to vehicles but it’s open for pedestrian access.
“Poole bridge is still in operation, maintaining vehicular access to Hamworthy.”
Julie Bagwell, Councillor for Hamworthy, said: “All workers, industrial sites, marines, holiday parks and people living and working in Hamworthy are being affected.
“The Twin Sails bridge is not up to standard. As a poster it looks great, but as a function, not so great.”
“It’s not tidy and needs more maintenance.”