Unfortunately, we are required to prohibit certain types of vehicles from crossing the bridge during high winds. This is purely in the interest of protecting all bridge users, staff, members of the public, and the structure itself.
Please refer to the following chart for all vehicles which cannot cross when wind restrictions are in effect.
Drivers of restricted vehicles should plan and choose an alternative route for their journey. Restricted vehicles arriving at the bridge will be diverted off the bridge by staff.
There are variable message signs operated by Highways England, which warn of restrictions on the approaches to the bridge. We will also provide updates via our social media (Twitter and Facebook) and our home page here.
Why do we close the bridge to high-sided and vulnerable vehicles?
The Humber Bridge Board closes the bridge to high-sided and vulnerable vehicles when the wind becomes so strong it poses a threat to the safety of bridge users. When we do this, the safety of the thousands of people who use the Humber Bridge on a daily basis is our number one priority.
Is there a specific wind speed that causes restrictions on the bridge?
The decision is based on the strength and direction of the wind on the bridge. It is the sudden gusts that most often cause vehicles to overturn.
What constitutes a high-sided/vulnerable vehicle and how did you make the decision?
Although there is no definitive list of what constitutes a high-sided or vulnerable vehicle, we issue our own list of the vehicles that should not cross the bridge in high winds. This is based on historical data of which vehicles are most vulnerable to high winds, with input from the Road Haulage Association and the emergency services.
The list includes:
- Three wheeled-vehicles
- Furniture/Luton vans
- Transit vans with modifications
- Articulated HGV (full or empty)
- Vehicles drawing a trailer or caravan
- Cars with roof boxes
- Motor homes
- High-sided rigid HGV
- Articulated/rigid tipper (full or empty)
- Car transports
- Double-decker buses
- Abnormal loads – special types
How do I know if the Humber Bridge is closed to High-Sided and Vulnerable Vehicles?
We have weather sensors on the Humber Bridge which are linked to the bridge status on www.humberbridge.co.uk. We advise that you check this before making your journey so that you can factor in any delays that may occur due to High Winds. We also update the Humber Bridge Facebook and Twitter.
Why do I see high-sided vehicles on the bridge when the signs say it’s closed?
Sometimes this is because drivers don’t know they are high-sided, for example, if a member of the public has hired a van for the day. In other circumstances, however, some drivers will deliberately ignore the ‘closed to high-sided and vulnerable vehicles’ status and continue on to the bridge.
We rely on members of the public to take responsibility for their safe conduct and decision by following the Highway Code.
What are the consequences for drivers who chose to ignore the advice?
If a vehicle is involved in an incident, we will seek damages to cover the cost of recovery operations and the driver may face criminal prosecution. Ignoring the bridge’s closed status can, therefore, have serious consequences for drivers of high-sided and vulnerable vehicles.
If you’re closed to high-sided vehicles, why did I see you let one through the booths/traffic cordon?
Because we reroute vehicles through our car parks via a side road before the bridge begins.