Sunday, 29 April 2018

Orwell Bridge to close from midnight due to high winds and not set to reopen until tomorrow afternoon


The Orwell Bridge is to close from midnight because of the predicted high winds over the next few hours and into the early hours of tomorrow.



Highways England decided to shut the A14 route for safety reasons but were unable to say when it would reopen.
They said they will continue to monitor wind speeds closely and will reopen the bridge as soon as it is safe to do so.
But based on current forecasts they do not expect the bridge to re-open until tomorrow afternoon which is set to cause misery for motorists using the route.
The planned diversion is via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich. 
BBC Suffolk Here's what Highways England have told us:

Based on current forecasts, we expect the bridge – which carries the A14 over the River Orwell near Ipswich - to re-open tomorrow afternoon. (Monday 30 April). 


Drivers planning to travel on Monday are encouraged to plan their journey in advance and check the latest weather and traffic conditions along the route.

Road users and residents affected by closures can sign up for alerts here: https://bit.ly/2jjnGiN
You can get the latest forecast from BBC Weather: https://bbc.in/2I1uorM

Drivers planning to travel tomorrow are encouraged to plan their journey in advance and check the latest weather and traffic conditions. 
Road users and residents affected by closures can visit the Highways England webpage at http://roads.highways.gov.uk/orwell-bridge/ and subscribe to alerts.
They said drivers should be aware of sudden gusts of wind and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space. 

Highways England provides live traffic information via its website www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms. 
Local weather information is also available on Twitter at @HighwaysEAST. The latest weather forecast can be seen online at www.metoffice.gov.uk

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