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Bridge lifting times

After the first bridge lift, the second bridge will open as soon as possible.

The first bridge will open again, if required, for returning vessels.

Poole Bridge lifting schedule

Until further notice, the lifting schedule of Poole Bridge and Twin Sails will be as per the maintenance schedule shown below.

 Poole Bridge  5.30am
 Poole Bridge  6.30am
 Poole Bridge  7.30am
 Poole Bridge  9.30am
 Poole Bridge  10.30am
 Poole Bridge  12.30pm
 Poole Bridge  2.30pm
 Poole Bridge  4.30pm
 Poole Bridge  5.30pm*
 Poole Bridge  6.30pm
 Poole Bridge  8.30pm
 Poole Bridge  10.30pm
 Poole Bridge  11.30pm


5.30am to 2.30pm: 

  • Twin Sails opens first, Poole Bridge opens immediately afterwards

4.30pm to 11.30pm:

  • Poole Bridge opens first, Twin Sails opens immediately afterwards

The lifting sequence may not always commence with Twin Sails opening first (5.30am to 2.30pm) nor Poole Bridge opening first (4.30pm to 11.30pm).

*Weekends and bank holidays only.

A downloadable version of the schedule is also available.

Unscheduled lifts

When hourly lifts are scheduled, the only unscheduled lifts will be under the direction of the Harbour Master, or from commercial vessels longer than 40 metres.

To apply, download the the application form for an unscheduled bridge lift for a commercial vessel.

Mariners need to check the headroom displays at the bridge to judge if they can pass below without the bridge being lifted.

Page last updated: 09 May 2019
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