Traffic warning: Orwell Bridge closed

TRAFFIC jams stretched seven miles this morning after Britain’s nightmare storm forced the closure of the Orwell Bridge.Queues were reported as far back from Ipswich as the Dock Spur roundabout in Felixstowe as motorists battled to get to work.

TRAFFIC jams stretched seven miles this morning after Britain's nightmare storm forced the closure of the Orwell Bridge.

Queues were reported as far back from Ipswich as the Dock Spur roundabout at Felixstowe as motorists battled to get to work.

Police closed the bridge following advice from the Highways Agency. Strong gusts had raised safety fears if vehicles were to be allowed to continue crossing the bridge.

Suffolk police said sideways wind gusts of 100mph had been recorded on the bridge.

The closure was being put in place this morning and traffic was taken off the A14 in both directions and redirected through Ipswich.

In just half-an-hour traffic had already come to a standstill around the town, with motorists reporting major delays.

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Police diversions have quickly been put into place.

For traffic eastbound, motorists are being diverted off the A14, on to the A1214 Ipswich Inner bypass, through Ipswich and back to the A14 via the A1156 to junction 58 at the Seven Hills Interchange.

Those motorists requiring the A137 or the Westbank terminal at the Port of Ipswich, will be able to do so via the A14, but traffic will not be able to travel beyond the A137 turn off.

For traffic westbound, motorists are being diverted off the A14 at junction 58 at the Seven Hills Interchange and should follow the A1156 and the A1214 back on to the A14 at the Copdock Interchange.

At junction 57 at Nacton, there will be no access to the A14 westbound carriageway.

A police spokesman said: “This is likely to cause delays throughout the Ipswich area, and motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible, or to take an alternative route.

“Police would also urge motorists to take extra care on the roads today, due to the high winds and adverse weather conditions.”

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