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Leeds' Bridgewater Place may be a no-go zone for lorries

Bridgewater Place
Image caption The 367ft (112m) Bridgewater Place building was completed in 2007

Lorries may be banned from passing a 32-storey building where a man was killed by an HGV that was blown over.

Edward Slaney, 35, was crushed to death at Bridgewater Place in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in March 2011.

Now, Leeds City Council has proposed a ban on HGVs over 7.5 tonnes using Victoria Bridge over the River Aire in the city centre.

Warning signs advising a different route for some vehicles in windy weather would also be made permanent.

The proposed ban would be on Victoria Road, between the junctions with Water Lane and Neville Street.

Permanent solutions

Alternative routes would be signposted via Crown Point Bridge or Wellington Street, according to the council.

A council spokesperson said the proposed ban was part of work "to prepare permanent solutions which will provide protection to this area and safeguard the public".

The council said the advisory signs already in place warning high-sided vehicles, buses, motorcyclists and cyclists to take an alternative route in high winds would be continued.

In March, a report by the council detailed 25 incidents caused by high wind around the 367ft (112m) building, the tallest in Leeds, since 2007.

The council has installed its own equipment around the building to monitor wind conditions so that warnings and diversions can be put in place when necessary.

The plan would cost £75,000 and has been agreed in principle but people can now make representations about the decision, said the council.

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