Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Update: Orwell Bridge reopens amid traffic tailbacks of up to half an hour

PUBLISHED: 09:49 13 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:48 14 February 2014

Traffic backs up on Colchester Road in Ipswich due to Orwell Bridge's closure on Wednesday.

Traffic backs up on Colchester Road in Ipswich due to Orwell Bridge's closure on Wednesday.

The Orwell Bridge has reopened as this afternoon’s severe weather begins to subside.

"Felixstowe Road and Nacton Road are at a stand still....and it is not even rush hour yet."

Chris Wright, via Facebook

The Highways Agency reopened the bridge, on the A14 near Ipswich, at 5.15pm following more than three hours of closure in response to the strong winds.

Despite diversions via the A1156, A1189 and A1214, tailbacks of more than half an hour have been reported - with worse expected as the peak travel hour begins.

Forecasters have said winds could reach up to 60mph along the coast but the worst of the weather had been expected to finish by about 5pm.

The Highways Agency has said the closure will remain in place until the high winds have subsided.

A spokesman said: “The Highways Agency will continue to monitor wind speeds closely and will reopen the bridge as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Drivers planning to travel during the current severe weather are encouraged to plan their journey in advance and check the latest weather and traffic conditions along the route.”

For more on the Orwell Bridge closures, click here

A top primary school in Martlesham Heath has been given Ofsted’s top rating of ‘outstanding’ in its latest inspection – the first time it achieved the benchmark rating in 50 years.

Women from Suffolk have described how their lives were rocked by “unfair” changes to pension laws.

A new road, which ran almost £5m over budget, faces fresh controversy after it emerged a council employee involved in the project also completed work for the road’s developers through his private company.

Two high-end cycles – worth £10,000 in total – were stolen after burglars broke into a garage in Elmsett, near Hadleigh.

Refugee and asylum seeking women living in Suffolk say getting to grips with the English language is one of the biggest challenges they face.

A damning dossier compiled by a senior whistleblower from the region’s ambulance trust has claimed at least 40 patients died or were harmed due to delays over Christmas and New Year - including one person who froze to death.

A century ago, in December 1917, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, one of the most famous residents of Aldeburgh, died, writes Dr Lucy Harvard.

A senior whistleblower within the region’s ambulance trust has claimed up to 80 people could have died or come to harm because of delays over the Christmas and New Year period.

A three-vehicle crash in Kesgrave this afternoon caused a road to be blocked for more than two hours.

A prolific shoplifter’s 148th offence was exposed by a price tag hanging from his clothing.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24