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    That sounds like a total waste of money Lars, I am sure there are more worthwhile projects it could be spent on.

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    Our local council decided we needed a second bridge between the main town and the suburb of Hamworthy, initially they decided a long high bridge bypassing much of the town would fit the bill, they spent a few £million on a design competition and consultants about 20 years ago, only for the government to say no you can't have it, all in the town agreed it would have been the ideal solution. They then argued and employed more consultants and another design competition, a few more £Million, we now have a second lifting bridge, the old one has worked fine for 87 years, opening and closing at set times each aday and closing to all traffic for a few days each November for annual maintenance.

    The new bridge has been open for a year, within a few days of opening it had to close again as chunks of the road surface were falling off when it was raised and still fails frequently causing endless traffic congestion while drivers have to turn round and join the queue for the other bridge, the local paper makes a big splash every time this happens, and today reveal there are nearly 100 defects outstanding, ranging from minor problems with paint and rust to Hydraulic leaks, shock absorbers and software problems. The expansion gap allowance is such that it gives cyclists problems, must be like cycling along tram lines!

    The councillor responsible for transport/highways etc is quoted as saying if she had bought something with as many defects she would return it as NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE or words to that effect.

    The prices quoted for the bridge are between £M21.6 & £M37 but I wonder if that takes into account all the wasted consultations and competitions over the last 20 years.

    The council are supposed to be responsible for repair and maintenance now it's been "officially open" for a year.

    http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/...9_f877027e.jpg

    Some reports say it's the first of its kind, lets hope it's also the last
    Last edited by Dorsetmike; Apr-25-2013 at 18:05.
    Cheers MIKE.

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    That is crazy, what an eyesore as well.

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    I've just read that the bridge has won some architectural award for the South West. There is a very large marina and boat park in the bay beyond the bridge, it's causing just as much havoc for the vessels going in and out, that many opf the boat owners have moved their boats away from the marina and moorings, some to other places in the harbour not requiring bridge lift access, some have left Poole altogether, going to Lymington, Isle of Wight and points east.
    Cheers MIKE.

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    Mike I think when it is up and running it could be a stunner but it may look different in the flesh so to speak
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    Colin, it's been "running" for a year now and rarely goes a week without a failure, the old bridge with traditional workings has run for 87 years with very few failures, as with so many things these days it is probably way over engineered, mechanical workings are proven and are robust enough to do the job repeatedly for years, you don't hear reports of Tower bridge failures! Hydraulics and software would not seem to be capable at the present "state of the art"; for a lifting bridge reliability must be the first consideration, not fancy unproven "high" technology.
    Cheers MIKE.

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    I quite agree Mike. It is the old case of -if it aint broke, dont fix it.

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    Oh, right then in that case it's a Dog
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    The Unions are trying to take over the Labour Party again. I suppose that now Mrs Thatcher is dead they are feeling brave again. The worst thing is that the Conservatives are attempting to set aside the human rights act so they can deport some of the terrorists that the EU say shoul stay here but we want to get shot of. However the Liberals want them to stay here because they have -human rights. Human rights to bomb and kill us while we feed, clothe and house them. Gutless? Certainly in my boof.

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    Rather than let us build the replacement power stations we need the EU have come up with a wonderful idea. They will ration our consumption. It has been possible for some years to control electric aparatus remomety through a mains commection provided it is fitted with the appropriate mechanism. So the EU want to fit all household equipment with these devices so they can swith them off in the event of over consumption. Fridges, freezers, cookers etc. They also want us to build another 7,000 windturbines. Yes. Those useless things that don't work when the weather is very cold, and catch fire when it is too windy. I wonder if our gutless goverment will agree to these steps.

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    Just a bit of useless info that I picked up:

    The Earth receives enough energy from the Sun in one hour to provide all of our energy requirements for one year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHC View Post
    Just a bit of useless info that I picked up:

    The Earth receives enough energy from the Sun in one hour to provide all of our energy requirements for one year.
    I'm sure that will be a big help in the UK. I think it must work in reverse there ie UK gets a total sun allowance (as allowed by the EU, don't want to over consume) in 1 year to provide 1 minute of energy requirements

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    Surely if the government used the cost of building wind turbines to provide us all with solar panels
    A They would be more efficient at producing power
    B Maintenance would be almost zero
    C They would not be such an eyesore
    D We would not have to pay a GREEN TAX to subsidise them

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    A new tech solar panel is not far away just like a thin sheet of plastic so it can be shaped
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    Found something on this Colin and put a link on GLOBAL WARMING

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