Thelwall Viaduct closes as 69mph winds batter town

Thelwall Viaduct closes as 69mph winds batter town

Thelwall Viaduct closes as 69mph winds batter town

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HIGH winds have closed the Thelwall Viaduct in both directions.

The Highways Agency say continuing gale force winds mean the M6 will have to be closed and it is anticipating the closure will last until at least 9pm.

Meanwhile Liverpool bound trains are not stopping at Warrington Central station after glass in the station roof smashed in the high winds.

Winds of 69mph were recorded at 3.40pm and further gusts of 64mph have also been measured on the bridge.

Diversions between junction 19 and 21a at the Croft interchange are now in place with motorists being advised to travel between the M62, M60 anti clockwise and the M56 travelling south and the opposite route for those travelling north.

But there have also been delays along the M62 from Birchwood heading west towards Warrington causing more problems.

Cheshire Police are also urging people to only ring 999 in an emergency as the heavy winds cause a rise in demand to report trees down and road disruption.


Police are advising the public only to ring 999 in an emergency - to ensure those that need an urgent response can get through. An emergency would include a situation where there is a threat of harm or a threat to life, a crime is in progress, or police assistance is required immediately.

Non emergency calls should be made using 101.

The high winds are expected to peak in Cheshire around 6 pm this evening.


Drivers are urged to check travel conditions before setting out on journeys and consider whether they really need to travel with gale force winds forecast to continue beyond this evening's peak travel period and up to midnight this evening.

A reader sent us this picture of a tree blocking one lane of Warrington Road, Culcheth at 4pm today, Wednesday, after high winds swept across the town. 

Warrington Guardian:

Earlier this evening uprooted trees have also blocked London Road, Stockton Heath and Lyon's Lane in Appleton.

Members of Burtonwood Rural Watch have been praised by police after using saws to cut a tree blocking Old Alder Lane, Burtonwood. Warrington West NPU has reported the road is now clear.

Warrington South officers and residents have also been working together to clearing debris including a farmer driving a tractor helping to clear a tree from Cherry Lane in Lymm.

Police have also confirmed there were no passengers on a bus which was hit by a falling tree on London Road, Stockton Heath.

The driver has escaped with minor injuries.

 

 

 

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5:11pm Wed 12 Feb 14

tizman says...

Grid lock again!!!!
Grid lock again!!!! tizman
  • Score: -3

5:31pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Warrington Wife says...

Shame they can't build an emergency diversion road to save some traffic woes in Warrington
Shame they can't build an emergency diversion road to save some traffic woes in Warrington Warrington Wife
  • Score: -4

5:55pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Daft Bob says...

The Coastal Denix made it up the ship canal this afternoon. It is nice and sheltered down in the cut. Car ferry along the ship canal?

What about concreting the canal over - wide enough for lorry traffic each way as a dedicated route Liverpool - Manchester - with big storm drains underneath to take flood water.
The Coastal Denix made it up the ship canal this afternoon. It is nice and sheltered down in the cut. Car ferry along the ship canal? What about concreting the canal over - wide enough for lorry traffic each way as a dedicated route Liverpool - Manchester - with big storm drains underneath to take flood water. Daft Bob
  • Score: -9

6:11pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

UKIP say it is God's judgment for local shops selling French bread, German mustard and Danish Pastries.


:-)
UKIP say it is God's judgment for local shops selling French bread, German mustard and Danish Pastries. :-) Nick Tessla
  • Score: 2

6:43pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Kellystad says...

Let's jump on the bandwagon and blame the Environment Agency.
Let's jump on the bandwagon and blame the Environment Agency. Kellystad
  • Score: 1

9:44pm Wed 12 Feb 14

MikeJT says...

Why didnt they call in the army. If it was a crossing over the thames, they would have done at the merest mention of wind.........even if the cause was simply sprouts
Why didnt they call in the army. If it was a crossing over the thames, they would have done at the merest mention of wind.........even if the cause was simply sprouts MikeJT
  • Score: -3

1:37pm Thu 13 Feb 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Kellystad wrote:
Let's jump on the bandwagon and blame the Environment Agency.
Do you think they will buy me a new fence panel and post?
Really Grumpy over my fence panel.
[quote][p][bold]Kellystad[/bold] wrote: Let's jump on the bandwagon and blame the Environment Agency.[/p][/quote]Do you think they will buy me a new fence panel and post? Really Grumpy over my fence panel. GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: -2

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