Huge delays following closure of Southampton's Itchen Bridge

Traffic chaos after major bridge closes

Major delays.

Traffic chaos after major bridge closes

An investigation is underway this morning.

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MOTORISTS are facing total gridlock this morning after one of Southampton’s busiest bridges was shut.

Commuters trying to get into city from the Woolston side of town are facing massive delays as a result of the closure following the death of a man.

The bridge is expected to remain shut until at least 2pm while police carry out investigations.

Long queues are snaking along Patterson Hill, Pear Tree Avenue and into Woolston, with very little movement.

Portsmouth Road and Bridge Road are also at a standstill.

Southampton City Council Highways are advising that the clearest route into the city this morning is from the west via the M271, Redbridge and Millbrook Roads.

There are reports of slow moving inbound traffic along Bevois Valley Rd approaching St Marys Road and Dorset Street.

Delays are also expected along Maybray King Way and Bitterne Rd West – as well as the Northam Bridge, now the main crossing point over the Itchen.

Meanwhile all buses going through Itchen Bridge are diverted via the Northern Bridge.

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11:10am Thu 19 Jun 14

Woolston ollie says...

Nothing new
Nothing new Woolston ollie
  • Score: -10

4:37pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Light star says...

Nothing new I hope u never lose a loved one like that
Nothing new I hope u never lose a loved one like that Light star
  • Score: 2

4:48pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Nearly an OAP says...

The builders of the Itchen Bridge obviously didn't have a clue or chose to ignore that this bridge would become a major suicide problem in the future and something should now be done to stop further tragedies. Heightening the parapet might be a start. I agree that someone who is determined to jump from this bridge will possibly do it whatever measures are put in place but the only deterrent I have seen there in the past are Samaritans notices on the handrails on which some idiots have written JUMP.
The builders of the Itchen Bridge obviously didn't have a clue or chose to ignore that this bridge would become a major suicide problem in the future and something should now be done to stop further tragedies. Heightening the parapet might be a start. I agree that someone who is determined to jump from this bridge will possibly do it whatever measures are put in place but the only deterrent I have seen there in the past are Samaritans notices on the handrails on which some idiots have written JUMP. Nearly an OAP
  • Score: 1

6:04pm Thu 19 Jun 14

issacchunt says...

Light star wrote:
Nothing new I hope u never lose a loved one like that
I think the real issue is the disruption caused to so many, overeaction by the Police caused this. As sad as someone ending their life is for the rest of us it goes on.

Daylight since 04.00, really what could of tsken so long at the scene on top of the bridge. The Police shut roads all the time for hours on end, maybe the Echo could ask the Police to explain the timescale.

RiP and truely my thoughts are with the family.
[quote][p][bold]Light star[/bold] wrote: Nothing new I hope u never lose a loved one like that[/p][/quote]I think the real issue is the disruption caused to so many, overeaction by the Police caused this. As sad as someone ending their life is for the rest of us it goes on. Daylight since 04.00, really what could of tsken so long at the scene on top of the bridge. The Police shut roads all the time for hours on end, maybe the Echo could ask the Police to explain the timescale. RiP and truely my thoughts are with the family. issacchunt
  • Score: -4

6:54pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Light star says...

Issacchunt the real issue is that sumone has lost there life u may think its an overreaction bt im sure if it was a member of ur family u wouldnt care how long the police took
Issacchunt the real issue is that sumone has lost there life u may think its an overreaction bt im sure if it was a member of ur family u wouldnt care how long the police took Light star
  • Score: 3

7:10pm Thu 19 Jun 14

scoobysnacks says...

issacchunt wrote:
Light star wrote:
Nothing new I hope u never lose a loved one like that
I think the real issue is the disruption caused to so many, overeaction by the Police caused this. As sad as someone ending their life is for the rest of us it goes on.

Daylight since 04.00, really what could of tsken so long at the scene on top of the bridge. The Police shut roads all the time for hours on end, maybe the Echo could ask the Police to explain the timescale.

RiP and truely my thoughts are with the family.
What takes so long........firstly, the poor man was not dead on scene. He was taken to the hospital in a serious condition. The police will have been told that his condition was life threatening and thus they will have wanted to preserve the scene until they heard if the man had passed away or not especially as he was found in suspicious circumstances with injuries on his body. That could have taken more than a few hours. Then once they heard that the poor man had died they will have then started to examine the scene in much more detail. This involves combing every single inch of the area, taking photographs, using equipment to analyse and monitor the scene and so on. The people that do that are not your average officer so they will have had to travel from somewhere first. Then there is all the paperwork that will have needed to be done.....then a secondary examination of the scene to make sure nothing has been missed. Add to that witness statements/appeals, family information and CCTV inquiries....and a further scene examination after more information is gathered. You start to see why these things take time. Gathering evidence that will stand up in court is vital so they have to do everything slowly and carefully.
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Light star[/bold] wrote: Nothing new I hope u never lose a loved one like that[/p][/quote]I think the real issue is the disruption caused to so many, overeaction by the Police caused this. As sad as someone ending their life is for the rest of us it goes on. Daylight since 04.00, really what could of tsken so long at the scene on top of the bridge. The Police shut roads all the time for hours on end, maybe the Echo could ask the Police to explain the timescale. RiP and truely my thoughts are with the family.[/p][/quote]What takes so long........firstly, the poor man was not dead on scene. He was taken to the hospital in a serious condition. The police will have been told that his condition was life threatening and thus they will have wanted to preserve the scene until they heard if the man had passed away or not especially as he was found in suspicious circumstances with injuries on his body. That could have taken more than a few hours. Then once they heard that the poor man had died they will have then started to examine the scene in much more detail. This involves combing every single inch of the area, taking photographs, using equipment to analyse and monitor the scene and so on. The people that do that are not your average officer so they will have had to travel from somewhere first. Then there is all the paperwork that will have needed to be done.....then a secondary examination of the scene to make sure nothing has been missed. Add to that witness statements/appeals, family information and CCTV inquiries....and a further scene examination after more information is gathered. You start to see why these things take time. Gathering evidence that will stand up in court is vital so they have to do everything slowly and carefully. scoobysnacks
  • Score: 7

9:04pm Thu 19 Jun 14

issacchunt says...

Scoobysnacks, cctv very quickly showed there was no issue. Sadly after many hours of disruption to thousands. Get real and cut back on the pc rubbish. Man jumped-end of.

Sad but not irregular at that spot.
Scoobysnacks, cctv very quickly showed there was no issue. Sadly after many hours of disruption to thousands. Get real and cut back on the pc rubbish. Man jumped-end of. Sad but not irregular at that spot. issacchunt
  • Score: -10

9:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Light star says...

issacchunt wrote:
Scoobysnacks, cctv very quickly showed there was no issue. Sadly after many hours of disruption to thousands. Get real and cut back on the pc rubbish. Man jumped-end of.

Sad but not irregular at that spot.
Oh my god stubs stuff ur weekly shopping u wouldn't b saying that if it was sumone u knew hope it never does cuz u wouldn't care about traffic
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: Scoobysnacks, cctv very quickly showed there was no issue. Sadly after many hours of disruption to thousands. Get real and cut back on the pc rubbish. Man jumped-end of. Sad but not irregular at that spot.[/p][/quote]Oh my god stubs stuff ur weekly shopping u wouldn't b saying that if it was sumone u knew hope it never does cuz u wouldn't care about traffic Light star
  • Score: 0

9:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

scoobysnacks says...

issacchunt wrote:
Scoobysnacks, cctv very quickly showed there was no issue. Sadly after many hours of disruption to thousands. Get real and cut back on the pc rubbish. Man jumped-end of.

Sad but not irregular at that spot.
The man had injuries to his body. That may or may not have happened on the bridge. If CCTV shows no injuries occurring on the bridge that's not to say they weren't inflicted elsewhere, away from CCTV.

Common sense.
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: Scoobysnacks, cctv very quickly showed there was no issue. Sadly after many hours of disruption to thousands. Get real and cut back on the pc rubbish. Man jumped-end of. Sad but not irregular at that spot.[/p][/quote]The man had injuries to his body. That may or may not have happened on the bridge. If CCTV shows no injuries occurring on the bridge that's not to say they weren't inflicted elsewhere, away from CCTV. Common sense. scoobysnacks
  • Score: 0

9:34pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Light star says...

issacchunt wrote:
Scoobysnacks, cctv very quickly showed there was no issue. Sadly after many hours of disruption to thousands. Get real and cut back on the pc rubbish. Man jumped-end of.

Sad but not irregular at that spot.
Just to show u know jack
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: Scoobysnacks, cctv very quickly showed there was no issue. Sadly after many hours of disruption to thousands. Get real and cut back on the pc rubbish. Man jumped-end of. Sad but not irregular at that spot.[/p][/quote]Just to show u know jack Light star
  • Score: 1

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