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A1 blocked by fallen tree near Black Cat Roundabout

The A1 Great North Road has been blocked in both directions by a fallen tree at Chawston. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The A1 Great North Road has been blocked in both directions by a fallen tree at Chawston in Bedfordshire.

It's between the A421 Great Barford Bypass / Bedford Road (Black Cat Roundabout) and Tempsford Road (Blunham / Tempsford Turn Off).

Emergency services are at the scene now removing the tree

Parks in Ipswich are closed as Doris sweeps in

The Cabman shelter in Christchurch Park. All parks in Ipswich are closed because of Storm Doris Credit: Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich Borough Council has decided to close its parks as a safety precaution.

This means Christchurch Mansion is also closed. Parks staff will carry out checks for dangerous branches before parks re-open on the 24th February.

The town’s cemeteries are also closed for public access although services will still go ahead.

Ipswich Market will close early at lunchtime, a Council spokesman said. He advised the public to take extra care in the high winds, which could bring gusts of up to 70mph.

Bin collection rounds are well under way but might be affected by heavy traffic later. People are asked to take their blue bins in as soon as they can after they have been emptied because of the wind.

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Long delays on trains through Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

There are cancellations and delays of up to an hour to trains between London and Bedford because of damage to the overhead wires in the St Albans area.

East Midlands and Thameslink services are being affected and the disruption is expected to last for most of the day.

There are train cancellations and delays on the line between Bedford and London. Credit: PA Images

Network Rail says passengers travelling from London to St Albans / Luton & Luton Airport may consider travelling from London Kings Cross to Hatfield / Stevenage / Hitchin, then boarding an UNO bus to St Albans or an Arriva bus to Luton

“We received an emergency call from a train driver at around 8.15am that the overhead power lines had come down in the St Albans area, which resulted in all four rail lines through the area being closed.

"Once engineers arrived on site it appeared that the wires had come down after being struck by a fallen tree.

"Engineers have been working to restore power since and we are aiming to reopen two of the four lines this afternoon."

– Network Rail

Trains in and our of Liverpool Street serving Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are also being affected by overhead wire line damage at Maryland in London.

High winds close Dartford Crossing and Orwell Bridge

The A14 Orwell Bridge has been closed because of strong winds from Storm Doris. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The QEII Bridge at the Dartford Crossing on the M25 has being closed to traffic for safety reasons due to high winds.

Highways England says the bridge, which carries traffic southbound across the Thames, will be reopened as soon as wind speeds drop to a safe level.

Until then, southbound traffic will use one bore of the Dartford Tunnel instead.

The A14 has also been closed crossing the Orwell Bridge in Suffolk because of high winds from Storm Doris.

The diversion route will be clearly signposted via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.

Highways England is advising road users in the Ipswich area to carefully plan their journeys and consider whether they need to travel around Ipswich during the closure as significant delays will be expected.

Wind gusts in the Anglia region already topping 55mph

Wind gusts in excess of 55 mph have already been recorded in the Anglia region as Storm Doris starts to sweep in from west to east across the UK.

Waves crash over a sea wall on the south coast as Storm Doris sweeps in. Credit: PA Images

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region by 9am

  • 56 mph in Andrewsfield, near Braintree in Essex
  • 54 mph in Holbeach in Lincolnshire
  • 51 mph in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 46 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk

Orwell Bridge expected to close at 10am due to high winds

The Orwell Bridge is expected to be closed later. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Highways England say they expect the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich will be closed from 10am this morning (February 23).

The strongest winds from Storm Doris are due from 10am-6pm and it's likely the bridge will be shut at some point in that period.

An amber weather warning for strong winds is in force until 8pm.

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Rail disruption expected as Storm Doris sweeps in

Rail companies are warning of delays and disruption on trains services on Thursday because of Storm Doris.

Network Rail may need to impose speed restrictions on some railway lines for safety reasons due to high winds.

Trains are expected to be delays as speed restrictions are imposed. Credit: PA Images

Greater Anglia

No planned changes but Greater Anglia services may be disrupted. In particular, services between Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea, and between Norwich and Sheringham, are subject to delay or cancellation.

Thameslink

Disruption to train services is expected from 08:00 onwards and may increase in severity throughout the day

East Midlands Trains

East Midlands Trains currently plan to operate their normal timetable on Thursday. There may need to be some short-notice alterations and cancellations on the day and customers are advised to check before travelling.

Orwell Bridge likely to close due to Storm Doris

The Orwell Bridge near Ipswich is likely to close on Thursday due to Storm Doris. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Images

Highways England is warning drivers that the Orwell Bridge on the A14 near Ipswich in Suffolk is likely to close on Thursday because of high winds from Storm Doris.

Wind gusts of up to 70mph are forecast on the A14 along with heavy rain and surface water.

An amber weather warning for strong winds is in force from 6am until 8pm on Thursday.

"If the Orwell Bridge is closed, the planned diversion route will be clearly signposted via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.

"However, drivers will be asked to consider whether they need to travel around Ipswich during the closure as significant delays will be expected.

"Drivers who are still planning to travel on Thursday 23 February are encouraged to plan their journey in advance and check the latest weather and

– Highways England

Storm Doris warning extended across the Anglia region

The Met Office has extended its amber weather warning for strong winds across most of the Anglia region as Storm Doris sweeps in on Thursday.

An amber warning, which means "be prepared", is rarely issued in the Anglia region.

Areas covered by yellow and amber weather warnings for strong winds on Thursday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office says: "Whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris. Trees are also likely to be damaged or blown over."

Most of the Anglia region is under amber alert although the risk is lower in southern parts where there is a yellow "be aware" warning in place.

The weather warning is in force from 6am until 8pm on Thursday 23 February 2017.

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