High winds cause city road closures

High winds cause city road closures

The high winds sweeping across the UK have caused the closure of a major city centre route near the tallest building in Yorkshire.

The decision to shut the road past Bridgewater Place tower in Leeds was taken when forecasters predicted that wind speeds in the area would reach 75mph.

Leeds City Council decided to close the junction of Victoria Road, Water Lane and Neville Street following a recommendation by a coroner at the inquest into the death of a man who was hit by a lorry which flew through the air in windy conditions.

The junction is on the busy main route into Leeds from the south and links the city centre and railways stations to the M1, M621 and M62. Thousands of motorists were forced to amend theirjourney plans for the day.

Edward Slaney died in tragic circumstances in March 2011 and the lengthy inquest examined the 367ft skyscraper's influence on wind conditions in the area.

Leeds Deputy Coroner Melanie Williamson said the junction at the building's base should be shut to all road users when wind speeds reach 45mph.

Leeds City Council said it would remain closed until the winds subside.

Meanwhile in Scotland, a lorry driver has died after his HGV was blown over as gale force winds battered the region.

Four other people were injured when the lorry overturned on to a number of cars on the A801 one mile north of Boghead Roundabout, Bathgate, West Lothian, at around 8.10am.

Copyright Press Association 2013