Update/big storm: Rush hour chaos as high winds bring down trees and close road and rail routes

Tree down in Hacheston on road to Framlingham

Tree down in Hacheston on road to Framlingham - Credit: Tom Potter

The effects of St Jude’s storm are causing major travel issues for road and rail users.

Greater Anglia have revised their inital estimate of no services until 9am and now say there will be no trains before 10am at the earliest.

Additionally there are no replacement bus services being offered so people are being asked not to try and travel before 10am.

The Orwell Bridge has been closed in both directions due to high winds for several hours now, from J55 the Copdock Interchange to J58 in Bucklesham, the two junctions with the A12.

The closure is from J55 the Copdock Interchange to J58 in Bucklesham, the two junctions with the A12.

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This has already caused parts of Ipswich to become almost gridlocked as cars and container lorries try to rejoin the A14.

Diversions have been put in place through Ipswich, with eastbound traffic following the solid triangle signs and westbound the solid circle signs.

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Both diversions take travellers along the A1214 Colchester Road, A1189 Heath Road/Bixley Road and A1156 Felixstowe Road.

Both Felixstowe Road and Colchester Road are moving very slowly due to the volume of traffic.

An overturned lorry on the M11 near the junction with the A120 for Stanstead and the A414 for Harlow has closed the motorway southbound with queuing traffic behind.

The QEII bridge at the Dartford Crossing has also been closed with traffic being diverted through the tunnel.

Also many fallen trees across the county are causing localised delays as more and more roads become blocked.

And passengers attempting to fly from Stanstead are being urged to keep up to date with the status of their flights,

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