Word on the Street: What do you think of the proposed Orwell Bridge closure improvements?
PUBLISHED: 15:14 27 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:14 27 October 2017
Ways to improve the traffic impact in the town when the Orwell Bridge is closed are being discussed. We asked people in Ipswich what they thought of the plans.
Highways England has discussed having an automated barrier closure system, quicker re-opening, and digital message signs.
Last night at the Ipswich Borough Council overview and scrutiny committee James Jackson, from Highways England, gave an update on some of the measures that have already been introduced and others that are being debated.
A notification cascade was implemented in January and has been used three times this year already - this alerts partners such as police and local authorities of any bridge closure or likely bridge closure.
In the event of a closure from high winds, the bridge could previously only be re-opened once winds had dropped below 30mph, but will now re-open at 45mph.
A dedicated website has been launched which provides updates on the bridge’s traffic flow, including live CCTV camera feeds and Met Office forecasts.
Digital message signs will alert motorists as far south as the M25 when the bridge is closed, with signs further north than previously also displaying the warning.