Orwell Bridge to close at 9pm tonight
Highways England is advising road users that the Orwell Bridge will be closed from 9pm tonight (Tuesday 2 January) for safety reasons, due to high winds (Storm Eleanor)It is likely to remain closed through tomorrow’s (Wednesday 3 January) peak morning travel time. 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. You can get the latest forecast from BBC weather, the Met Office, and local radio. Highways England live traffic information: www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information
Drivers making journeys across the region should be wary of sudden gusts of wind, and be sure to give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space.
Extreme weather can also damage overhead power lines resulting in loss of electricity supply. UK Power networks say they have additional staff in their contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to overhead lines and poles as soon as the wind reduces to a speed at which it is safe to work.
Regular updates: www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and Twitter@UKPowerNetworks .
In a power cut:
- Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
- Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates
- Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
- Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates
Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority for more information #stormEleanor
Preparing for a power cut:
- Add 105 to the contacts on your mobile phone
- Keep our Freephone 0800 3163 105 number handy
- See www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercuts for useful videos and advice during a power cut.
- Locate a torch, check it’s working and make sure you have spare batteries. Take care if using candles.
- Charge up your mobile phone, and a rechargeable mobile ‘powerbank’ if you have one
- Use a phone with a cord if you have one, cordless phones don’t work in a power cut
- Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
- Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
- Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
- Dress in warm clothes
- Look out for vulnerable neighbours