Storm Doris has played havoc in the Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Stowmarket and Hadleigh areas today….
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21:00 Orwell Bridge now reopen
16:58 Update Severe hold-ups on A14. eastbound J52 – J54
Felixstowe & Walton Seasiders U18’s have postponed their game this evening due to safety concerns.
Felixstowe Sea Cadets Unit Closed….. Officer in Charge PO J Nicholson has said that due to many Sea Cadet staff being on the wrong side of the Orwell Bridge that tonight’s meeting is cancelled.
Still no news on Port of Felixstowe but it is looking like the container port will close and Operation Stack be put into operation.
The most significant effect of Storm Doris to the Ipswich area is the closure of the Orwell Bridge/A14 crossing from 10am today (Thursday 23rd February). The bridge will probably remain closed until 6pm this evening. This will obviously have an impact on rush-hour traffic.
The diversion route is clearly signposted via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.
However, drivers are asked to consider whether they need to travel around Ipswich during the closure as significant delays are expected.
For information on the Orwell Bridge closure go to the Highways England website at www.highways.gov.uk
Meanwhile, Ipswich Borough Council has decided to close parks until tomorrow morning for people’s safety. This means Christchurch Mansion is also closed for the rest of the day. Parks staff will carry out checks for dangerous branches before parks re-open.
The town’s cemeteries are also closed for public access although services will still go ahead.
Ipswich Market will close early at lunchtime, a Council spokesman said. He advised the public to take extra care in the high winds, which could bring gusts of up to 70mph.
Bin collection rounds are well under way but might be affected by heavy traffic later. Residents are asked to take their blue bins in as soon as they can after they have been emptied because of the wind.