Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk/Essex: Orwell Bridge due to re-open this morning following strong overnight winds

15:58 14 February 2014

Orwell bridge to close tonight

Orwell bridge to close tonight

Archant

The Orwell Bridge was scheduled to re-open this morning as the worst of the strong winds subsided.

shares

The Highways Agency said the bridge was closing last night for safety reasons – some forecasters had predicted wind gusts of up to 80mph.

The bridge closed from 10pm yesterday and was expected to be open again by 6am today.

Meanwhile the Met Office have issued an amber warning for wind in Suffolk and north Essex. A yellow warning for rain across the East of England also remains in place.

Their website said: “Another storm runs northeastwards across western and northern parts of the UK during Friday and into Saturday, before clearing to the northeast. Around the southern flank of this storm very strong southerly or southwesterly winds are expected to develop, primarily affecting southern and southeastern counties of England.”

Nigel Brown, from Tendring District Council, said: “What we are telling people is that there is no need to panic about the situation but we want them to be aware and prepared.

“We have also sent a separate message out to all holiday parks in the area as the winds seem to be the biggest issue and we have warned them to make everything as secure as possible on their sites.

“It appears the winds will be stronger than was initially expected and there could be trees blown down and damage caused by loose objects. The worst weather is likely between 6pm and 10am tomorrow.”

There have also been reports of some flooding in Felixstowe. A flood alert is in place for the River Waveney from Diss to Ellingham, including Bungay.

During the Orwell Bridge closure there is a planned diversion route, via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.

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

Drivers should be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space.

shares

4 comments

  • Orwell Bridge closing so we have a picture of a lady walking down a street with an umbrella. Am I missing something.

    Report this comment

    Star Watch

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • yes star watch [ the rest of the starting comment]

    Report this comment

    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Typical Ardent sensastionalizing things... . "It reopened just yesterday after a closure caused by stormy weather earlier this week"... It was closed for just 3 HOURS!!!!

    Report this comment

    DaveHedgehog

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Is this the best picture you could find for this article !

    Report this comment

    Poppys Dad

    Friday, February 14, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

An accident has caused travel delays

A 79-year-old man has died following a collision involving a trailer that had separated from a tractor as it travelled along an Essex road.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Princess Charlotte was christened in front of the Queen and close family and friends today as the Cambridges had their first public outing as a family of four.

Thousands of visitors attended the Ipswich Music Day in Christchurch Park on Sunday.
L-R Donna Allport,Tony Croft,Hannah Cruse.

The annual Ipswich Music Day in Christchurch Park is well underway after a wet start to proceedings.

An appreciative crowd enjoying the entertainment at the first Bury Folk Festival held in the walled garden at Nowton Park on Saturday.
Bury Folk Collective chairman Brian Kew who performed with twelve-year-old Francesca Akehurst

Hundreds of people visited Nowton Park for a folk festival’s inaugural event at the weekend.

The Women on Wheels bike ride sets out from Nowton Park near Bury.

Almost 200 women got on their bikes for charity earlier today and cycled hundreds of miles to support St Nicholas Hospice.

1st Woodbridge Scout Group take part in the Woodbridge carnival procession.

This year’s Woodbridge Carnival was particularly special for several reasons.

Delays have been caused after a two-vehicle collision on the A11. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

A person has been taken to hospital after a two-vehicle crash left one car upside down off the A11.

Large crowds soak up the sun and music at Music by the Sea in Aldeburgh.

A record-breaking number of music lovers lapped up the sounds of the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties and noughties on the Suffolk coast.

The vintage rally in the grounds of Melford Hall, Long Melford.

From steam engines to tractors, military vehicles to motorcycles – there was something for any motoring enthusiast at the Long Melford Vintage Rally over the weekend.

Seth and Eliza Gaw loved Latitude but planning was key, says dad Matt Gaw

With the mounting costs of family holidays, events like Latitude can be a genuine alternative to a traditional bucket and spade break.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages