Strong winds force closure of Bridgewater Place junction in Leeds

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Roads around the Bridgewater Place skyscraper in Leeds were shut today as the city was buffeted by high winds.

Leeds City Council said the closure was likely to remain in force “for some time”.

Diversion routes are in operation for vehicles and pedestrians.

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.

Site owner CPPI Bridgewater Place Limited Partnership says work will start in August on the construction of a series of large-scale safety barriers and screens at the landmark 32-storey building.