Storm Imogen: QE2 Bridge closed due to high winds

2200

QE2 bridge re-opened.

2000 hrs

THE QE2 bridge remains closed due to high winds.

The Highways Agency have stated that: Event Time To Clear: Between 2200 hrs and 2215 hrs

The list below details the main arterial roads but a number of side roads are also fairly clogged up.

Ensign Buses: "We are struggling to run services at present due to total gridlock in Purfleet, West Thurrock & Lakeside."

The main routes

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed and long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of strong winds closing the QE2 Bridge. Diversion in operation – for vehicles larger than 4.8 meters via alternative crossings. Congestion to J4, A21 (Orpington).

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and severe delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of strong winds. Diversion in operation – through the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout).

A1306 Greater London – Long delays on A1306 Old A13 eastbound between Goresbrook Interchange in East London and the M25 J31 junction in Lakeside, because of the closure of the QE2 Bridge.

A13 Greater London – Severe delays on A13 eastbound between Goresbrook Interchange in East London and Lakeside, because of the closure of the QE2 Bridge.

A13 Essex – Long delays on A13 London-bound between North Stifford and Lakeside. In the roadworks area. Congestion to Tilbury.

1845 hrs

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed and long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of strong winds closing the QE2 Bridge. Diversion in operation – for vehicles larger than 4.8 meters via alternative crossings. Congestion to J4, A21 (Orpington).

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and severe delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of strong winds. Diversion in operation – through the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout).

A1306 Greater London – Long delays on A1306 Old A13 eastbound between Goresbrook Interchange in East London and the M25 J31 junction in Lakeside.

A13 Greater London – Severe delays on A13 eastbound between Goresbrook Interchange in East London and Lakeside, because of the closure of the QE2 Bridge.

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic on A13 London-bound between North Stifford and Lakeside. In the roadworks area. Congestion to Tilbury.

Ensign Buses

"We have major problems with roads gridlocked in Purfleet, Lakeside & West Thurrock. Limited services operating."

1730 hrs

A126 Essex – A126 in West Thurrock partially blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between Lancaster Roundabout and Stoneness Roundabout, because of an accident involving two lorries and a car.

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed and long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of strong winds closing the QE2 Bridge. Diversion in operation – for vehicles larger than 4.8 meters via alternative crossings. Congestion to J4, A21 (Orpington).

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and severe delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of strong winds. Diversion in operation – through the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout).

A13 Greater London – Severe delays on A13 eastbound between Goresbrook Interchange in East London and Lakeside, because of the closure of the QE2 Bridge.

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic on A13 London-bound between North Stifford and Lakeside. In the roadworks area. Congestion to Tilbury.

A1306 Greater London – Long delays on A1306 Old A13 eastbound between Goresbrook Interchange in East London and the M25 J31 junction in Lakeside.

A128 Essex – Slow traffic on A128 in both directions between Halfway House in Bulphan and Orsett Cock in Southfields.

1550 hrs

A126 Essex – A126 in West Thurrock partially blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between Lancaster Roundabout and Stoneness Roundabout, because of an accident involving two lorries and a car.

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed and long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of strong winds closing the QE2 Bridge. Diversion in operation – for vehicles over 4.8 metres via the Blackwall Tunnel or the Woolwich Ferry. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and severe delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of strong winds. Diversion in operation – through the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

A13 Greater London – Very slow traffic on A13 eastbound in Aveley between Wennington Interchange and Lakeside. In the roadworks area.

A1306 Essex – Very slow traffic on A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock in both directions in Purfleet between the M25 J31 junction and Wennington Interchange.

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic on A13 London-bound between North Stifford and Lakeside. In the roadworks area.

1420 hrs

Tilbury ferry suspended today due to high winds.

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed and long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of strong winds closing the QE2 Bridge. Diversion in operation – for vehicles over 4.8 metres via the Blackwall Tunnel or the Woolwich Ferry. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and severe delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of strong winds. Diversion in operation – through the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

A13 Greater London – Very slow traffic on A13 eastbound in Aveley between Wennington Interchange and Lakeside. In the roadworks area.

A1306 Essex – Very slow traffic on A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock in both directions in Purfleet between the M25 J31 junction and Wennington Interchange.

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic on A13 out of town in West Thurrock at Lakeside, because of QE2 Bridge closure. Congestion to Wennington Interchange. Also affecting A1306 Purfleet Bypass between Wennington Interchange and Pilgrims Roundabout, Grays.

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic on A13 London-bound between North Stifford and Lakeside. In the roadworks area.

1330 hrs

Storm Imogen update: The QEI2 Bridge at the Dartford Croosing will stay shut until the wind speeds drop, which could be after 5pm.

1300 hrs

This is our latest update. Although we have reports that traffic is tailing back as far as Jct 28 on M25 and routes into Thurrock Retail Park and Thurrock Moto Services are blocked.

We will keep updating through the day.

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of traffic management.

Diversion in operation – for overheight vehicles. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed, queuing traffic for six miles and severe delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of strong winds.

Diversion in operation – through the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic on A13 out of town in West Thurrock at Lakeside, because of QE2 Bridge closure. Congestion to Wennington Interchange.

Also affecting A1306 Purfleet Bypass between Wennington Interchange and Pilgrims Roundabout, Grays.

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic on A13 London-bound between North Stifford and Lakeside. In the roadworks area.

A1306 Essex – Queuing traffic on A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock in both directions in Purfleet between the M25 J31 junction and Wennington Interchange.

A13 Greater London – Slow traffic on A13 eastbound in Aveley between Wennington Interchange and Lakeside. In the roadworks area.

ROUTE 22: Only operating between Aveley & Lakeside due to major traffic problems. Please change at Lakeside for buses towards Grays

ROUTE 33: Only operating between Chafford Hundred Stn & Grays due to major traffic problems. Use Chafford H’dred footbridge to/from Lakeside

1200 hrs

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of traffic management.

Diversion in operation – for overheight vehicles. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and queuing traffic for six miles clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of strong winds. Diversion in operation – through the Dartford Tunnel.

Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic on A13 out of town in West Thurrock at Lakeside, because of QE2 Bridge closure.

Congestion to Wennington Interchange. Also affecting A1306 Purfleet Bypass between Wennington Interchange and Pilgrims Roundabout, Grays.

A13 Essex – Queuing traffic on A13 London-bound between North Stifford and Lakeside. In the roadworks area.

Buses

ROUTE 22: Only operating between Aveley & Lakeside due to major traffic problems. Please change at Lakeside for buses towards Grays

ROUTE 33: Only operating between Chafford Hundred Stn & Grays due to major traffic problems. Use Chafford H’dred footbridge to/from Lakeside

1120 hrs

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and queuing traffic for six miles clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of strong winds. Diversion in operation – through the Dartford Tunnel.

Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of traffic management. Diversion in operation – for overheight vehicles.

Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

Queuing traffic on A13 London-bound between North Stifford and Lakeside. In the roadworks area.

Queuing traffic on A13 out of town in West Thurrock at Lakeside, because of QE2 Bridge closure. Congestion to Wennington Interchange.

Also affecting A1306 Purfleet Bypass between Wennington Interchange and Pilgrims Roundabout, Grays.

A2 Kent – Queuing traffic on the exit slip road on A2 westbound at Darenth Interchange.

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