The Taw Bridge in Barnstaple has closed to all vehicles as wind speeds reach 70mph and is ‘not likely’ to open before rush hour.

Barnstaple’s Taw Bridge has been closed to all traffic this morning (Monday).

The bridge was closed earlier today to high-sided vehicles due to high winds and looks unlikely to open before rush hour tonight.

Devon County Council closed the bridge after winds reached gusts of 70mph, and a spokesman said the wind had still not eased.

It comes as Storm Imogen batters the region with gale force winds, large waves and heavy rainfall.

Roadworks were due to continue in Rolle Street today but these have been suspended until the bridge reopens.

Cllr Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for Highway Management, said: “Public safety is our top priority, so the bridge will remain closed until wind speeds have eased.”