Road restrictions around Bridgewater Place

Roads around Bridgewater Place skyscraper in Leeds are expected be shut to high-sided vehicles this afternoon.

Saturday, 20th August 2016, 1:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:41 pm

The closure will be in force between 1pm and 5pm today and diversion routes will be in place for high-sided vehicles.

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.

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Work started earlier this year on a scheme that will see a system of wind-deflecting barriers and screens being put in place at the site.

The council has also installed a reinforced glass shield on the pavement at Great Wilson Street as an interim measure to help tackle the Bridgewater Place problems.