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Orwell Bridge remains open despite fears of closure due to winds

PUBLISHED: 06:45 09 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:30 09 January 2020

The Orwell Bridge often closes in high winds Picture: GETTY IMAGES

The Orwell Bridge often closes in high winds Picture: GETTY IMAGES

PaulFleet

The Orwell Bridge remains open this morning, despite fears that it could be closed due to high winds.

Highways England said yesterday it would be monitoring wind speeds overnight in anticipation of gusts of up to 40mph.

However, the bridge remains open at this time.

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The Orwell Bridge is prone to closures in high winds, and is typically closed whenever winds reach speeds of Highways England's limit of 50mph.

Highways England said they have recorded gusts of 40mph at the bridge throughout Thursday morning, and are continuing to keep tabs on speeds.

They have said they are hopeful that the wind speeds will decrease by midday.

A weather warning for wind has been issued for parts of England over the next few days.

Rain fell in Suffolk overnight, with more showers expected later in the afternoon.

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