Wait goes on for start of Leeds Bridgewater Place safety work

A pedestrian battles the blustery winds around Bridgewater Place in Leeds. PIC: Tony Johnson
A pedestrian battles the blustery winds around Bridgewater Place in Leeds. PIC: Tony Johnson
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STORMY WEATHER once again forced the closure of roads around Bridgewater Place in Leeds yesterday – as the wait continues for work to begin on a major scheme that will ease the skyscraper’s dangerous ‘wind tunnel’ effect.

Routes near the 32-storey building were shut to all vehicles from 11am on a day when the elements caused transport problems across the city and much of the rest of the country.

Site owner CPPI Bridgewater Place Limited Partnership announced earlier this year that construction of a system of wind-deflecting barriers and screens was scheduled to get under way in August. To date, however, there has been no sign of work starting on the scheme, plans for which were drawn up after pedestrian Edward Slaney was crushed to death by a truck that was blown off its wheels close to the building in 2011.

Asked for the latest on the progress of the project, CPPI’s Nick Sinfield told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We are working closely with Leeds City Council to finalise our programme and will be in a position to update residents and tenants shortly.”

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Yesterday’s conditions saw the imposition of speed limits on rail services running between Leeds and Doncaster, causing delays of up to 60 minutes.

Flights were diverted from Leeds Bradford Airport to Manchester and Liverpool.

A number of roads were closed in Bradford city centre, with part of a roof being blown off a building in Tyrrel Street.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning covering the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber and running until late tomorrow (Dec 1). Its forecasters said people should be aware of “the potential for localised disruption from flooding, even away from the heaviest rainfall, as the water moves through the river network”.

Wind speeds of 50mph were said to be likely inland today, with gusts expected to hit 60mph in exposed coastal areas in the west and south of the country.

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