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Highways on standby to close Orwell Bridge amid rising wind speeds

PUBLISHED: 15:41 25 September 2020

Highways England has said there are no plans in place to close the Orwell Bridge Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Highways England has said there are no plans in place to close the Orwell Bridge Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Charlotte Bond

Highways England has said it is on standby to close the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich as wind speeds pick up on Friday afternoon.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind for most of East Anglia, suggesting there could be disruption to travel.

Forecasters are predicting gales of up to 50mph this afternoon, which is close to the threshold of closing the Orwell Bridge.

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Highways England has said wind speeds are currently “on the cusp” of the threshold and contractors are standing by in case a closure is necessary.

Despite the rising wind speeds, the bridge is to remain open for the time being.

The gales are expected to be at their fastest between 2pm and 7pm, Highways England said.

Highways England said on Twitter: “We are keeping the bridge open but have our contractors on standby just in case the gust direction changes and therefore breaches threshold.”

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