Road restrictions at Bridgewater Place as Leeds gets a weather warning

A pedestrian struggles during previous stormy conditions at Bridgewater Place.
A pedestrian struggles during previous stormy conditions at Bridgewater Place.
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Motorists have been warned to expect more disruption around Leeds’s Bridgewater Place skyscraper this evening.

Leeds City Council has said roads near the building will be closed to high-sided vehicles from 7pm to 10pm.

The junction at Bridgewater Place is regularly shut due to the ‘wind tunnel’ effect that can be generated at the site during stormy conditions.

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

Work recently started 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.

Meanwhile, the Met Office has issued a snow and ice weather warning for Yorkshire and the Humber running from just afer midnight tonight until 10am tomorrow.

It said: “Please be aware of some difficult driving conditions and the potential for travel disruption into the Wednesday morning rush hour.

“There remains some uncertainty as to where the greatest snowfall accumulations will occur and this warning will be kept under review and updated as necessary.”

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