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Ipswich MP Tom Hunt to meet with transport ministers to discuss 40mph speed limit on A14 Orwell Bridge during periods of high winds




Ipswich's MP has vowed to put an end to the 'chaos' caused by closures on the Orwell Bridge during periods of high winds.

Tom Hunt said that Highways England had agreed to introduce a new 40mph speed limit on the bridge when windy weather makes it dangerous to cross.

But he said that, despite having 'promised' to have the limit in place by winter, Highways England have not yet followed through.

Tom Hunt MP has vowed to put an end to the 'chaos' caused by closures on the Orwell Bridge during periods of high winds.
Tom Hunt MP has vowed to put an end to the 'chaos' caused by closures on the Orwell Bridge during periods of high winds.

"It seems pretty wintery and rainy right now and as far I am concerned it's just not good enough that it's not already in place," he said.

He has now arranged a meeting with top ministers in the Department for Transport next week to challenge the schedule to which Highways England is working.

"Orwell Bridge closures are an absolute nightmare and for too long we've all had to put up with the chaos that happens when that bridge closes when it's windy," he said.

"When I was elected I said that one of my main priorities was to sort the situation out."

A Highways England spokesperson said: “We are currently working on a scheme to introduce a 40mph speed limit which would be activated in high winds, and would enable Orwell Bridge to potentially stay open in higher winds.

"However, safety is our top priority and there are a number of technical challenges which need to be overcome before the scheme can be fully implemented.

"We are looking forward to working with Mr Hunt on bringing forward a suitable solution at the earliest opportunity which will benefit the people of Ipswich.”

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