Diversions at Leeds’s Bridgewater Place to continue for some vehicles on Monday

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Roads around Bridgewater Place were expected to remain closed to high-sided vehicles on Monday after being shut to all traffic and pedestrians at the weekend.

Leeds City council put restrictions in place the junction of Water Lane and Neville Street amid strong winds overnight on Saturday. The roads stayed closed until Sunday afternoon, when restrictions were lifted.

The council said diversions for high-sided vehicles would be in place from 8am until around noon on Monday.

The weekend’s disruption was the latest in a string of closures at the site, where 35-year-old Edward Slaney, of Sowerby Bridge, was crushed to death when a lorry blew over on top of him in 2011.

Following recommendations by the coroner at his inquest, the council now closes the junction at Bridgewater Place when winds reach speeds of 45mph.

The building’s owner, CPPI, has announced construction work to deflect strong winds is scheduled to start in August, although it has not yet appointed a contractor.

Plans to install screens outside the 32-storey building were backed by councillors in November.