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A day of traffic chaos as high winds batter Thurrock

IT HAS been a day of traffic chaos and woe as high winds have had a great impact on traffic in Thurrock.

It started after the QE2 bridge was closed just after midnight and although the bridge was reopened at just after 10am, the knock on effects have been significant.

Update: 2025 hrs

FIRE CREWS released a woman trapped following a two vehicle RTC on the A13 Southend bound near the Dock Approach Road. Using one set of cutting equipment to remove the roof from the car crews had released the casualty by 19:01hrs leaving her in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Update: 2000 hrs

A13 Stanford-Le-Hope By-Pass in Orsett blocked eastbound at Orsett Cock, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Diversion in operation – off and on via the slip roads. Congestion to Tilbury.

Update: 1845 hrs

One lane blocked on A13 Stanford-Le-Hope By-Pass eastbound in Orsett at Orsett Cock, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to Tilbury.

Update: 1730 hrs

M25 Essex – Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at A282, QE2 Bridge. Congestion to J30 A13.

A1306 Essex – Very slow traffic on A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock westbound in West Thurrock between Pilgrims Roundabout and the M25 J31 junction.

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Update: 1345 hrs

M25 Essex – M25 in West Thurrock lane closed on exit slip road and queuing traffic anticlockwise at J30, A13 (Lakeside), because of an obstruction on the road. On the roundabout.

M25 Essex – Slow traffic on M25 (QE2 Bridge) clockwise between J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of strong winds earlier. All lanes have been re-opened.

A1306 Greater London – Delays on A1306 Arterial Road Purfleet eastbound in Purfleet between Wennington Interchange and Dartford Crossing.

A13 Greater London – Long delays on A13 eastbound between Rainham Marshes in Rainham and Lakeside.

A13 Essex – Slow traffic on A13 westbound in North Stifford between the A1012 junction and Lakeside.

M25 Kent – Long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of traffic management earlier. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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Update: 1130 hrs

A large number of side roads are also affected. London Road, Grays, Stafford Road, Aveley are at gridlock.

Thurrock and surrounding areas

M25 Essex – M25 entry slip road closed clockwise at J31, A1306 (West Thurrock Services), because of the bridge closure earlier.

A13 Essex – A13 Stanford-Le-Hope By-Pass in Orsett blocked and queuing traffic westbound at Orsett Cock, because of an accident. Diversion in operation – via the exit and entry slip roads. Congestion to Stanford-Le-Hope Turn Off.

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic and long delays on A13 westbound between Tilbury in South Essex and Lakeside.

M25 Essex – Long delays on M25 (QE2 Bridge) clockwise between J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of strong winds earlier. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

A1306 Greater London – Delays on A1306 Arterial Road Purfleet eastbound in Purfleet between Wennington Interchange and Dartford Crossing.

A13 Greater London – Long delays on A13 eastbound between Rainham Marshes in Rainham and Lakeside.

Kent

A2 Kent – Queuing traffic on A2 Watling Street westbound between Strood in North Kent and Darenth Interchange in Darenth, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

M25 Kent – Long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of traffic management earlier. Congestion to J4, A21 (Orpington).

Update: 1030 hrs

North of Dartford Crossing

A13 Stanford-Le-Hope By-Pass in Orsett blocked and queuing traffic westbound at Orsett Cock, because of an accident. Congestion to Five Bells Interchange.

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic and long delays on A13 westbound between Tilbury in South Essex and Lakeside.

A1306 Greater London – Delays on A1306 Arterial Road Purfleet eastbound in Purfleet between Wennington Interchange and Dartford Crossing.

A13 Greater London – Long delays on A13 out of town between Rainham Marshes in East London and Lakeside.

There are also reports of a number of side roads in Thurrock that are stuck such as London Road, Grays.

South of Crossing

A2 Kent – Queuing traffic on A2 Watling Street westbound between Strood in North Kent and Darenth Interchange in Darenth, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

M25 Kent – Long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of traffic management earlier. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J4, A21 (Orpington).

Update: 0930 hrs

QE2 Bridge now OPEN after closure due to strong winds.Still long delays on clockwise M25 and westbound A13 towards the bridge.

Update: 0845hrs

As per 0800 hrs

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A1306 Essex – Very slow traffic on A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock westbound in West Thurrock between Pilgrims Roundabout and the M25 J31 junction.

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Update: 0800 hrs

M25 (QE2 bridge) closed and long delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of strong winds. Diversion in operation – through the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

A1306 Essex – Queuing traffic on A1306 Arterial Road Purfleet in both directions in Purfleet between Dartford Crossing and Wennington Interchange.

A13 Greater London – Queuing traffic on A13 Aveley Bypass outbound in Aveley between Wennington Interchange and Lakeside.

Queuing traffic and long delays on A13 westbound between Five Bells Interchange in South Essex and Lakeside.

A2 Kent – Queuing traffic, long delays and one lane closed on A2 Watling Street westbound between Strood in North Kent and Darenth Interchange in Darenth, because of a broken down vehicle.

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed and long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of a contraflow. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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0700 hrs

M25 (QE2 bridge) closed and queuing traffic clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of strong winds.

Diversion in operation – through the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J30, A13 (Lakeside).

Queuing traffic on A13 Aveley Bypass outbound in Aveley between Wennington Interchange and Lakeside.

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic on A13 westbound in North Stifford between the A1012 junction and Lakeside.

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic on A13 London-bound between North Stifford and Lakeside.

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of a contraflow. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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