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Weather warning sparks Tamar Bridge restrictions

Weather warning sparks Tamar Bridge restrictions

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:46pm 17th December 2018. (Updated at 6:42pm 17th December 2018)

The latest severe weather warning could cause trouble for anyone travelling between Cornwall and Plymouth.

A 16-hour yellow alert is in place for the Duchy from 5am through until 9pm on Tuesday.

The Met Office is predicting torrential rain and strong winds are on the cards too - with gusts of up to 65mph on the coast.

Forecasters say there could be traffic trouble and the risk of flooding on the roads.

Now Tamar Bridge officials have issued an advanced notice - saying there will be restrictions in place.

Lane and vehicle restrictions will be in place from early morning through until midday.

High-sided vehicles, motorbikes and caravans are being urged to find an alternative route.

"Bridge: 2:22pm Advanced Notice for Tuesday Dec 18th 2018 - Very high winds forecast.

"Lane and Vehicle restrictions likely from early morning to midday.

"High sided, motorbikes, caravans & other wind vulnerable vehicles should NOT cross when restrictions in force/signed.

"Please seek alternative route – see website for latest travel status."

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee

What can we expect?

  • Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.
  • Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer.
  • Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer.

"Another spell of wet and windy weather is expected on Tuesday when rain will be heavy at times and, given recent wet weather, likely lead to impacts in a few places.

"Over most of Wales, Devon and Cornwall the worst of the weather will have cleared by mid-afternoon whilst further east the worst conditions are likely to be during the afternoon and early evening.

"This wet weather, meanwhile, will be accompanied by windy conditions with gusts in exposed coastal locations around 50-65mph which means that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities may be affected by spray and/or large waves. Inland, gusts will be lower and mainly peak at 40-50 mph".

Met Office

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