Storm Barbara closes Leeds Bridgewater Place road junction

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The junction by Bridgewater Place will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians from 3pm today.

The area around the base of Bridgewater Place can be gripped by a dangerous wind tunnel effect during stormy weather.

A Leeds City Council spokesman said: "Bridgewater Place junction to close due to high winds

The area around the base of Bridgewater Place can be gripped by a dangerous wind tunnel effect during stormy weather.

"Due to increasing wind speeds, the Bridgewater Place junction will close to all vehicles and pedestrians from 15:00 today (Friday).

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.

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.

For more details about the closures, please visit: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/BridgewaterPlace.aspx

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