Suffolk/Essex: Orwell Bridge could close as region braces itself for bad weather

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Monday, December 23, 2013
9:16 PM

The Orwell Bridge could close this afternoon as the region braces itself for heavy rain and gusts of 85mph.

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The bridge is currently under assessment by highways teams in anticipation of bad weather this afternoon, although police have advised high-sided vehicles not to use the bridge.

The Queen Elizabeth II bridge near Dartford tunnel has already closed today and is not expected to reopen until 4am tomorrow.

Forecasters expect gusts of between 60-70mph along the Suffolk and Essex coast this afternoon, with winds further inland still reaching up to 50mph. Heavy rainfall is also expected.

Worse weather is expected tonight, with southwesterly gales strengthening across parts of southeast England.

The Met Office has placed an amber warning across the Suffolk and Essex coast from around midnight tonight. Gusts should reach up to 85mph along exposed coasts and 75mph inland overnight.

The Environment Agency currently has 13 flood alerts and one flood warning issued across its Anglia region, although none affect Suffolk or Essex.

More than 50 Greater Anglia services have been cancelled across the region from 3.50pm today. Trains will be running slower across the network from 6pm while no trains are expected to run until 10am tomorrow.

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7 comments

  • They should shut the whole bridge down completely. I think its easier to walk nower days...??

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    Isaac Hunt

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • should have been a windbreak built onto the sides, it was in the original plans but ,due to costs i believe ,it never got included

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    barry chark

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • If a planner was to start from scratch and chose a location for Southern England's largest container port it wouldn't be Felixstowe; located as it is at the end of a peninsular with rubbish transport links. Now that London Gateway on the Thames is open, Felixstowe is sure to fall from favour with shipping operators. This will herald the end of the problem with congestion around Ipswich caused by container traffic heading to Felixstowe. Conclusion - no need to grub up the entire Fynn Valley for a unnecessary northern by-pass.

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    Steve Blake

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • My idea to mitigate against such problems in the future would be to build a bypass north of Ipswich. I wonder if such an idea would garner much support?

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    paul e.

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • @paul e. Why has no one thought of that before. You could have hit on the solution.

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    Star Watch

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • Nice idea, but it has nothing to do with traffic lights or the waterfront so it will never fly.

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    Winston Barrington Jr.

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • Don't be silly Paul, that would have to be built near where the Councillors all live, how would they cope with that? Besides that's a far too good an idea for that mob.

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    Tedbundy

    Monday, December 23, 2013

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