Bridgewater Place shut in winds

A coroner says a major road junction in Leeds should be closed when winds are high, after Edward Slaney died when he was crushed by a lorry which was blown over at junction of Neville Street and Water Lane in 2011.

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Bridgewater Place junction closure for high winds

Yorkshire's tallest building Bridgewater Place Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Motorists in Leeds are being warned to plan ahead to avoid possible major disruption around Yorkshire's tallest building Bridgewater Place tomorrow morning as roads will be closed due to expected exceptionally high winds of upto 75mph..

No vehicles or cycles will be allowed along Victoria Road, Water Lane or Neville Street from around 6am until wind speeds drop to lower levels. A high-sided vehicle diversion at the junction will also be in place from midnight tonight.

Meanwhile Leeds City Council is carefully considering a recommendation from assistant coroner Melanie Williamson to shut the streets should wind speeds be lower- at around 45mph- to all users including pedestrians- and will report back to her within the statutory 56 days.

Her comments came as she gave her verdict yesterday that winds caused by Bridgewater Place did directly result in the death of Dr Edward Slaney when a passing lorry blew onto him.

She also ruled that Leeds City Council’s highways and planning decisions regarding the building were entirely appropriate, agreed with the council’s suggestion that the government should draw up national planning guidance on wind issues for tall buildings.

She also called for pressure to be put on the building’s owners to bring forward their design solution for the problem as soon as possible.


Report: Coroner calls to close Bridgewater junction in high winds

A coroner's calling to close a section of one of Leeds city centre's busiest roads during high winds - after a man was crushed to death there by a lorry.

Doctor Edward Slaney was killed outside Bridgewater Place when an HGV fell on top of him in gale force winds in 2011. Today a coroner said the building - the tallest in Yorkshire - was to blame.

She also recommended the road closure when wind speeds pick up. Dr Slaney's relatives have given their backing saying they don't want another family to suffer. Matt Price reports.

Coroner: building caused wind speeds that led to death

Edward Slaney Credit: Police handout

The Coroner in the Inquest into the death of Edward Slaney has said the high winds that led to his death were caused by a nearby building. Giving a narrative verdict Melanie Williamson said Mr Slaney was killed by a lorry which which overturned in the high winds crushing him.

She added the "windspeeds were caused by the building situate at and known as Bridgewater Place in Leeds"

Coroner aware calls to close junction will be poorly received

A corner has said the junction near Bridgewater place should close in high winds

A major traffic route into Leeds city centre should be closed in high winds according to a coroner at an inquest into the death of a man hit by a lorry that flew through the air "like a hot air balloon".

Deputy West Yorkshire Coroner Melanie Williamson made the recommendation at the conclusion of the inquest into the death of Edward Slaney in Leeds in March 2011.

Dr Slaney died when a curtain-sided lorry took off during high winds around the base of the 30-storey Bridgewater Place tower in Leeds - the tallest building in Yorkshire.

Following a narrative verdict, Ms Williamson said she was recommending that Leeds City Council closed the road where Dr Slaney died when wind speeds reached 20 metres per second - about 45mph.

The road - at the junction of Neville Street and Water Lane - is the main route into the city centre from the south, including the M1 and M62 motorways.

The coroner said she appreciated her recommendation would not be "looked upon with favour" by the local authority.


Coroner: "Close junction in high winds"

A coroner says a major road junction in Leeds should be closed when winds are high.Edward Slaney died when he was crushed by a lorry which was blown over at junction of Neville Street and Water Lane in 2011.

Coroner Melanie Williamson says until measures are put in place to solve the problem of high winds in the area around the junction Leeds City Council should consider closing the junction to all highway users when the wind speed reaches 45 miles per hour.

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