Speed restrictions in place on major bridge due to strong winds

Speed restrictions have been put in place on a bridge near Essex due to extreme weather.

From 6.30pm tonight (Monday, May 3), drivers will be limited to 40 mph on The Orwell Bridge in Ipswich.

There is currently a yellow weather warning in place from The Met Office for strong winds across the whole of the south of England.

The bridge, commonly used by Essex commuters, often has to close in high winds.

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As wind speeds increase, a speed limit will be put in place, but there is currently no plan to close the bridge.

Highways England announced the restrictions on Twitter.

They wrote: “Wind speeds will pick up this evening, we will be keeping the bridge open but under a reduced 40mph speed limit from around 18:30 tonight to midnight. Please ensure you drive to the speed limits.”

There is also a risk of high winds tomorrow with the warning in force until 9am.

Highways England have also said that there is a chance the bridge will have a lower speed limit tomorrow.

They tweeted: “We have another wind risk period tomorrow from 10am to 2pm where we will be looking to keep the bridge open but reduce the speed limit on the bridge to 40mph.

“Will confirm the timings tomorrow morning.”

Essex Live