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.