Orwell Bridge may be shut ‘at short notice if weather deteriorates’, drivers warned

PUBLISHED: 05:05 10 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:48 10 August 2019

The Orwell Bridge. Picture: PETER CUTTS

The Orwell Bridge. Picture: PETER CUTTS

Peter Cutts

Worsening weather conditions could force the Orwell Bridge to be closed this morning, motorists have been warned.

Gusts of up to 60mph are set to hit the region this morning, with high winds expected from 11am to 4pm.

Following a morning review, a Highways England spokesman said: "Due to current wind speeds we have no immediate plans to close the bridge however this may change if the wind picks up later on today."

The Met Office has also issued a yellow weather warning for the south of England, saying that the high winds are "expected to cause some disruption".

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Highways England protocol advises that restrictions are put in place on the bridge with wind speeds between 45mph and 60mph, and a closure when it goes beyond 60mph.

However, winds of 49mph have closed the bridge before.

In response to questions on Twitter last night, Highways England said it would be reviewing the situation at 9.30am but could make a decision to close the key route along the A14 near Ipswich to be shut at short notice.

Highways England Tweeted late last night: "We will be reviewing weather conditions tomorrow morning around 9.30am before any decision is made.

"We may need to close the #OrwellBridge at short notice if the weather deteriorates."

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