Police re-open M11 and A505

PUBLISHED: 12:49 10 February 2020 | UPDATED: 14:16 10 February 2020

Eerie scenes on M11. Photo: Cambridgeshire Police/Twitter @CambsCops.

Eerie scenes on M11. Photo: Cambridgeshire Police/Twitter @CambsCops.

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Two major roads in Cambridgeshire closed yesterday ( February 9) due to risk of debris caused by Storm Ciara have now been re-opened.

Part of the M11 and the A505 were closed close to Duxford Imperial War Museum on Sunday (9 February) following high winds.

A section of roof on one of the aircraft hangars at the museum was deemed unsafe, with the possibility that it could be blown off by Storm Ciara.

As a result, police closed the M11 between J9 and J11 northbound and J11 and J9 southbound. The A505 was also closed from the Whittlesford and Fowlmere approach to the M11.

Chief Superintendent Chris Mead said: "Following an assessment by structural engineers this morning (10 February) on the section of roof at the museum and an assessment of the fallen debris to date - together with an improvement in weather conditions - a decision has been made to re-open the M11 and A505 as of 12.30pm today.

"This decision has been taken in partnership with Highways England.

"We would like to reassure the public that increased patrols of both roads will take place for at least 24 hours and the force will continue to work with partner agencies to closely monitor the situation.

"We would like to thank our partner agencies who we have worked very closely with during this incident to ensure public safety is paramount.

"Thanks must also go to members of the public for their patience and understanding - particularly local residents."

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