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Orwell Bridge to close as strong winds set to hit Suffolk

Highways England will reopen the bridge without delay as soon as it is safe to do so Credit: PA

The Orwell Bridge in Suffolk will close this evening (2 January) due to high winds.

The bridge will be shut from 9pm tonight (Tuesday 2 January). It is expected to remain closed through tomorrow’s (Wednesday 3 January) peak morning travel time.

Highways England will continue to monitor wind speeds closely before making a decision about when to reopen the bridge, based on the safety of road users.

Once the Orwell Bridge is closed, the planned diversion route is via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.

‎Drivers planning to travel are encouraged to plan their journey in advance and check the latest weather and traffic conditions along the route. ‎
‎Drivers making journeys across the Eastern region should be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space.

Orwell Bridge 'likely to be closed' tonight due to strong winds

The Orwell Bridge in Suffolk is likely to close because of strong winds. Credit: Press Association Images.

The Orwell Bridge in Suffolk is likely to close tonight as strong winds prepare to batter the region.

Highways England says, based on current predictions, the crossing will shut from 10pm tonight (Wednesday) until 8am tomorrow (Thursday).

A diversion will take traffic via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.

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

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Family pay tribute to man killed in Orwell bridge crash

Mr Rayner's family say he will always remain such a much loved member of the famil Credit: Suffolk police

The family of a 67-year-old man who was killed after being hit by a "large agricultural vehicle" on the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk have paid tribute to him.

Michael ‘Mick’ Rayner, from Essex, died following the collision on the A14 at Nacton shortly before 7am on Friday 20 October.

A passenger in the vehicle that Mr Rayner had been driving was uninjured.

Mr Rayner's family have released the following statement:

"Mick Rayner was and shall always remain such a much loved member of the family. A devoted husband, father and grandfather to a family that adored him. Mick had a love of travel, a real fondness of Cornwall where many family holidays will now hold such treasured memories."

"Mick was a hardworking man who loved his family and enjoyed time spent working on his garden. Mick will be sadly missed by all who knew him and worked with him in Suffolk and Essex. The family would like to thank the emergency services and especially the family liaison officer."

– Rayner family.

Van driver killed in Orwell Bridge crash in Suffolk

A driver has died in a crash on the A14. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A driver who had got out of his van on the Orwell Bridge has been killed after being hit by a "large agricultural vehicle".

The Eastbound carriageway of the A14 - between Copdock and Wherstead - is set to remain closed for several hours.

The crash happened between junctions 56 and 57 just before 6.45am this morning, Friday October 20.

"A Nissan Cabstar van had stopped on the carriageway and the driver was out of the vehicle when both he and the van were struck by a large agricultural vehicle.

"Sadly, the man has died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the collision."

– Suffolk Police.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Man's body recovered from river near the Orwell Bridge

A man's body has been recovered from the river near the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive

A man's body has been recovered from the River Orwell in Ipswich.

Police were called at 3.15am on Wednesday 29 July to reports of a car that was believed to have broken down on the westbound carriageway of the Orwell Bridge.

The car had been abandoned and police called out the Coastguard and RAF Search & Rescue to conduct a search of the river.

The body was found at around 4.30am. The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but is not believed to be suspicious and formal identification of the body is yet to take place. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Orwell Bridge road works closes A14 carriageway

Orwell Bridge Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Roadworks are taking place on the Orwell Bridge, near Ipswich tonight.

A section of the A14 is being resurfaced and will close a 300m section road between 8pm tonight and 8am Saturday.

Diversions will be in place for westbound traffic from Seven Hills (J58) via Ipswich town centre to Copdock (J55).

The Highways Agency said the work is being carried out to create a quieter surface and to improve road safety.