Essex Police respond to criticism over QE2 bridge crossing chaos.

ESSEX Police has committed to working with over key organisations over possible future traffic problems on the Dartford Crossing.

As readers will be only too painfully aware, drivers were left stranded for hours both on Thursday January 28th and Monday February 8th due to road closures.

With road works on the A13 and lane closures at various other points , it seems to be a matter of when (and not if) another night of "carmaggedon" will take place.

YT requested statements form Essex Police, Thurrock Council and Highways England.

District Commander, Chief Inspector Leigh Norris said: "I am working with other key partners and organisations in order to put into a place a plan that can minimise the impact incidents such as occurred last night (Monday).

"There are some things that are not under our control but we will endeavour to have a plan that can take action when we know the bridge will close.

"I would urge drivers, that, where possible, when is known that there will be bridge closures, that those who have not started their journeys consider whether travelling in the direction of the troubled area is absolutely necessary."

Thurrock Council have told us that they hope to have a statement prepared shortly.

We have yet to have a response from Highways England.

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