High winds batter Leeds

Leeds' skyline. Picture by Glen Minikin/ rossparry.co.uk.
Leeds' skyline. Picture by Glen Minikin/ rossparry.co.uk.
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Road and rail chaos hit Leeds today as high winds battered the city.

Rail services on the East Coast services from Kings Cross to Leeds City Station were delayed, with some reports of cancellations.

Elsewhere in the region a fallen tree had caused delays on the Ouse Bridge on the M62 and the Humber Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles

There were also reports of Ryanair planes being diverted from Leeds to Newcastle.

Roads around the Bridgewater Place skyscraper in Leeds were shut as the city was buffeted by high winds.

Leeds City Council said the closure was likely to remain in force “for some time”.

Diversion routes are in operation for vehicles and pedestrians.

The area around the base of Bridgewater Place can be gripped by a dangerous wind tunnel effect during stormy weather.

Pedestrian Edward Slaney, from Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax, was crushed to death by a truck that was blown off its wheels close to the building in 2011.

Site owner CPPI Bridgewater Place Limited Partnership says work will start in August on the construction of a series of large-scale safety barriers and screens at the landmark 32-storey building.

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