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Live travel updates as Storm Aileen hits Suffolk and north Essex bringing 60mph winds

Storm Aileen has brought down several trees across Suffolk and north Essex. Stock picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Storm Aileen has brought down several trees across Suffolk and north Essex. Stock picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Drivers are being urged to be extra careful on the roads this morning as Storm Aileen brings gusts of up to 60mph to the region.

Almost 1,000 homes are without power due to high winds from Storm Aileen taking electricity lines down. Picture: UK POWER NETWORKSAlmost 1,000 homes are without power due to high winds from Storm Aileen taking electricity lines down. Picture: UK POWER NETWORKS

Forecasters believe the worst of the storm is over however a number of fallen trees are blocking roads in both Suffolk and north Essex.

Motorists are also being warned that there is a small possibility the Orwell Bridge on the A14 near Ipswich may close later on this morning.

In an update at around 6am today Highways England chiefs said it is unlikely the bridge will shut – but teams are monitoring the situation and if wind speeds increase it could close later in the day.

Last night lorry drivers, motorcyclists and those travelling with caravans were encouraged to avoid the bridge altogether.

Stock image of the Orwell Bridge. Picture: LUCY TAYLORStock image of the Orwell Bridge. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Below is a list of storm-related problems authorities have been made aware of this morning:

• More than 1,000 homes across the county have been left without power. UK Power Networks are investigating an overhead electricity line fault affecting just over 600 homes in Tattingstone, Freston, Holbrook and other villages on the Shotley Peninsula.

Postcodes beginning with IP0 1, IP6 0, IP8 4, IP9 1 and IP9 2 are being affected – but power is expected to be restored by 8am.

Around 400 homes in Saxmundham have also been plunged into darkness with the IP13 9,IP17 1,IP17 2,IP17 3 postcodes left without power.

Police are appealing for information following a crash. Picture: JAMES BASSPolice are appealing for information following a crash. Picture: JAMES BASS

Engineers are investigating a similar overhead wire fault in this area.

Homes in Bury St Edmunds are also being affected.

• Commuters using the railway line between Suffolk and London are facing cancellations and long delays after a tree fell on overhead wires.

Disruption is expected until at least 10am and a full list of affected services can be found using the Greater Anglia JourneyCheck tool.

Passengers travelling between Witham and Braintree are waiting for a replacement bus service to be put into place after a tree fell on the line near Witham.

Greater Anglia bosses said the driver of the 5.21am Witham to Braintree service reported a tree obstructing overhead wires near Witham.

At the moment, trains are unable to run past the obstruction – this train and the 5.43am Braintree to Witham departure are the first to be cancelled.

Network Rail engineers are at the scene to remove the debris.

However, until an assessment is made, Greater Anglia chiefs are unable to give a time estimate for the line to re-open to trains.

• The B1022 Maypole Road in Tiptree is currently blocked due to a fallen tree.

Essex Highways are expected on scene shortly but drivers are being asked to find alternative routes in the meantime.

• In Long Melford, the B1064 Pentlow Lane is blocked in both directions due to a fallen tree.

Stay with us for updates throughout the morning as Storm Aileen continues to sweep through the region.

Have you spotted any disruption? If it’s safe to do so, email us to let us know.

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