Two lanes on the Mersey Gateway bridge have been shut after a street lamp broke during high winds leaving it swinging about above the road. A video clip provided by motorist Piotr Makles showed the fixture rocking to and forth this morning at 6.39am. The Mersey Gateway bridge project tweeted at 12.30pm that lanes one and two on the northbound carriageway from Runcorn towards Widnes are shut for emergency works. It apologised for any delays. Motorists have reported severe tailbacks. Debbie O’Donoghue, @3littlepiggs, tweeted that she had been waiting 90 minutes to cross. The lanes’ closure came after strong winds battered the North West during Storm Gareth. More bad weather is expected to follow over the weekend with the arrival of Storm Hannah. It is not the first time that strong wind has caused problems for the £1.86bn crossing. In September, lane closures were put in place because of a damaged street lamp during high winds. Inspections took place on all of the lights on the bridge and several columns were removed. Read More Top news stories Since it opened in October 2017, the Mersey Gateway has never been far from controversy, whether over the private-finance initiative funding deal, the campaign to make sure most Halton residents would not have to pay to cross from one side of the borough to the other, or problems arising from the road charging tolls scheme. Merseylink has been contacted for comment.