Leeds Bridgewater Place: Traffic junction to close over strong winds warning

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The junction outside of a Bridgewater Place will be closed to traffic on Thursday (Dec 5) in anticipation of strong winds.

The junction, which has seen one person killed and numerous others injured by a ‘wind tunnel’ effect created by the skyscrapper, will be shut off to vehicles and bikes from 6am.

Gusts of up to 75mph are expected and people are being warned to plan ahead to avoid possible major disruption.

The move comes after a coroner recommended the junction be closed to traffic when winds rose above 45mph. Melanie Williamson made the recommendation when recording a narrative verdict into the death of Edward Slaney, who was crushed when a lorry was blown on top of him during high winds at the junction in 2011.

Leeds City Council’s director of development Martin Farrington said: “Given the high winds forecast and the known risk caused by Bridgewater Place we will close the roads around the building. We appreciate the traffic disruption that this will cause, but these are exceptionally strong winds and we have to consider the safety of all road users. While we need to take time to examine the coroner’s recommendations we would have had to close the junction anyway due to the weather forecast.

“We apologise for the inconvenience.”

Millennium Square and Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds City Centre.

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