Support our Nation today - please donate here
News

Storm Eunice: Severn Bridges staff being ‘abused’ after dual bridges road closure

18 Feb 2022 3 minutes Read
Picture by: Harshil Shah (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The Severn Bridges have said their staff are being “abused” after the closure of the duel bridges due to Storm Eunice.

In a statement on social media, they say the closure is an “extremely rare event for us” and that its staff are taking action to “keep roadusers safe”.

They said their staff are “being abused for it”, and have asked those dishing out the abuse to stop.

They say this is the first time ever for the M48 Severn Bridge and the M4 Prince Of Wales Bridge, which connect Wales to England across the river Severn, have been closed both directions for safety reasons.

A red weather warning, which means there is a danger to life – has been in place in Wales from 7am until midday with gusts of up to 90mph. All of Wales is covered by an amber warning until 9pm.

 

In a statement on social media in response to the abuse of their staff, The Severn Bridges said: “We understand the effect a dual bridge closure has on people wishing to travel.

“This is an extremely rare event for us. We have staff out in this storm ensuring action is taken to keep roadusers safe and they are being abused for it. Respectfully, stop. Thank you.”

More than 1,800 homes have lost power in Wales.  The power cuts have affected 995 homes near St Clears, Carmarthenshire, 312 near Lampeter, Ceredigion, and 279 in Llanelli.

Schools across most of Wales are closed, with all but three counties ordering schools closed and others advising it.

The storm is expected to continue to increase in intensity throughout the morning before calming in the afternoon.

‘Train services’ 

All train services in Wales are suspended and there are warnings of falling trees blocking roads in the north and the south of the country. Britannia Bridge on the A55 between Anglesey and the mainland was also closed due to high winds.

According to the Met Office, the Red weather warning means that there is:

  • Flying debris resulting in danger to life
  • Damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down
  • Uprooted trees are likely
  • Roads, bridges and railway lines closed, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights
  • Power cuts affecting other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and homes, including flooding of some coastal properties

“Extremely strong west to southwesterly winds will develop over southwest England and south Wales early on Friday,” the Met Office said.

“Widespread inland gusts of 70-80 mph are likely and up to around 90 mph near some coasts, with dangerous conditions on beaches and seafronts. Winds are expected to ease from the west during the late morning.”


Support our Nation today

For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
6 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Geoffrey ap.
Geoffrey ap.
2 months ago

Please, Nation Cymru, don’t call the second seven crossing by the imposed name relating to the English royal family. It’s an insult to the people of Cymru who were against it, whose feelings were ignored.

Pob lwc
Pob lwc
2 months ago
Reply to  Geoffrey ap.

Severn, not seven.

Glen
Glen
2 months ago
Reply to  Pob lwc

Hafren not Severn.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
2 months ago

So where were the police enforcing these road closures?

Paul Vian
Paul Vian
2 months ago

Let them cross and potentially die – natural selection at it’s finest! 🙂

Geoffrey ap.
Geoffrey ap.
2 months ago

In reply to pob lwc.
It has been established beyond any doubt that those who are good at spelling are rubbish in bed. Me I am a terrible speller.

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.