Traffic chaos in Thurrock after serious road smash in early hours of Wednesday morning

1945 hrs

Essex Police officers are working with partner agencies to deal with congested traffic on main routes in Thurrock.

Long delays were caused after a serious road crash on the Dartford River Crossing at 2am today when a car collided with a crash barrier on the side of the carriageway.

The woman driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital in London where she remains. Her passenger, a teenage boy, was also injured but was released from hospital after treatment.

The road was closed for police investigations and repairs. After collision investigations had finished the bridge had to remain closed due to significant damage caused to the safety systems which are in place to prevent cars and lorries falling off the bridge in a crash. Traffic was diverted through the tunnel during the closures.

The M25 is now flowing but long queues have built up around the A13, A127, Lakeside and other main roads in Thurrock.

Roadworks on Junctions 30 and 31 and drivers jumping red lights on major junctions and blocking other vehicles have added to the problems.

Officers from Essex Police and Highways England are currently working together and hope to clear the traffic jams as soon as possible.

Anyone planning to drive through the congested area is advised to seek alternative routes.

1900 hrs

A13 Greater London – Severe delays on A13 eastbound between Ferry Lane Interchange in Rainham and Lakeside.

M25 Essex – Severe delays on M25 clockwise at J30, A13 (Lakeside). Congestion to J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout).

A1306 Essex – Severe delays on A1306 Arterial Road North Stifford westbound in Lakeside between Treacle Mine Roundabout and the M25 J31 junction. Police directing traffic.

A126 Essex – Severe delays on A126 London Road in both directions in Grays between the B189 Derby Road junction and Lakeside turn off.

A13 Essex – Severe delays on A13 westbound between Tilbury in Little Thurrock and Lakeside.

A1306 Greater London – Severe delays on A1306 New Road eastbound between Chandler’s Corner in Rainham and the M25 J31 junction in Lakeside.

B186 Greater London – Severe delays on B186 Ockendon Road in both directions between the Fen Lane junction in North Ockendon and Thurrock Services Roundabout in Lakeside.

B1335 Essex – Long delays on B1335 Stifford Road eastbound in South Ockendon between the Daiglen Drive junction and the B186 Stifford Hill junction.

1800 hrs

A13 Greater London – Severe delays on A13 eastbound between Ferry Lane Interchange in Rainham and Lakeside.

M25 Essex – Severe delays on M25 clockwise at J30, A13 (Lakeside). Congestion to J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout).

A1306 Essex – Severe delays on A1306 Arterial Road North Stifford westbound in Lakeside between Treacle Mine Roundabout and the M25 J31 junction. Police directing traffic.

A126 Essex – Severe delays on A126 London Road in both directions in Grays between the B189 Derby Road junction and Lakeside turn off.

A13 Essex – Long delays on A13 westbound in North Stifford between the A1012 junction and Lakeside.

A1306 Greater London – Severe delays on A1306 New Road eastbound between Chandler’s Corner in Rainham and the M25 J31 junction in Lakeside.

Long delays on B186 South Road in both directions in South Ockendon between the West Road junction and Thurrock Services Roundabout.

B1335 Essex – Long delays on B1335 Stifford Road eastbound in South Ockendon between the Daiglen Drive junction and the B186 Stifford Hill junction.

1645 hrs

A1306 Essex – Long delays on A1306 Arterial Road North Stifford westbound in Lakeside between Treacle Mine Roundabout and the M25 J31 junction.

B186 Essex – Long delays on B186 in both directions in Lakeside between Pilgrims Roundabout and Thurrock Services Roundabout.

A1306 Essex – Queuing traffic on A1306 Arterial Road eastbound in West Thurrock at Dartford Crossing. Congestion to Wennington Interchange.

A126 Essex – Long delays on A126 London Road northbound in Lakeside between Stoneness Roundabout and Lakeside turn off.

A13 Greater London – Queuing traffic on A13 eastbound between Ferry Lane Interchange in Rainham and Lakeside.

M25 Essex – Slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J30, A13 (Lakeside). Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

A13 Essex – One lane closed and queuing traffic on A13 westbound in North Stifford between the A1012 junction and Lakeside, because of a broken down motor home.

1545 hrs

A1306 Essex – Very slow traffic on A1306 Arterial Road North Stifford westbound in Lakeside between Treacle Mine Roundabout and Thurrock Services Roundabout.

B186 Essex – Queuing traffic on B186 West Thurrock Way westbound in Lakeside between Lancaster Roundabout and Thurrock Services Roundabout.

A1306 Essex – Slow traffic on A1306 Arterial Road eastbound in West Thurrock at Dartford Crossing. Congestion to Wennington Interchange.

A126 Essex – Queuing traffic on A126 northbound in Lakeside between Lancaster Roundabout and Lakeside turn off.

A13 Greater London – Queuing traffic on A13 eastbound between Ferry Lane Interchange in Rainham and Lakeside.

M25 Essex – Slow traffic on M25 clockwise at A282, QE2 Bridge. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

1215 hrs

M25 Essex – Two lanes closed and long delays on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident earlier on and barrier repairs. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

A1306 Essex – Long delays on A1306 Arterial Road in both directions at Dartford Crossing. Congestion to Chandler’s Corner, Rainham.

A13 Essex – Severe delays on A13 in both directions at Lakeside. Congestion to Rainham and to Grays.

A126 Essex – Queuing traffic on A126 westbound in Grays between the A1012 Hogg Lane junction and Lakeside turn off.

B186 Essex – Queuing traffic on B186 West Thurrock Way out of town in Lakeside between Lancaster Roundabout and Thurrock Services Roundabout.

A126 Essex – Queuing traffic on A126 westbound in Grays between the A1089 Dock Approach Road junction and the A1012 Hogg Lane junction.

A1013 Essex – Very slow traffic on A1013 westbound in Grays between Daneholes Roundabout and the A126 Stanley Road junction.

A1306 Essex – Very slow traffic on A1306 Arterial Road North Stifford westbound in Lakeside between Treacle Mine Roundabout and Thurrock Services Roundabout.

M25 Kent – Long delays on M25 anticlockwise at The Dartford Tunnel. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

1100 hrs

Contraflow on #M25 Anti/clock #A282 N/B tunnels has been removed and all lanes are back to normal . Delays remain but should start to ease

Highways Agency: We now have two lanes open on the southbound #QE2Bridge #A282 #M25 J31 to J1a. #M25 J31 access slip road is also now open. Severe delays

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and long delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident earlier on and barrier repairs. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

M25 Kent – Long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock). All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

A1306 Essex – Long delays on A1306 Arterial Road in both directions at Dartford Crossing. Congestion to Chandler’s Corner, Rainham.

A13 Essex – Severe delays on A13 in both directions at Lakeside. Congestion to Rainham and to Orsett.

A126 Essex – Queuing traffic on A126 westbound in Grays between the A1012 Hogg Lane junction and Lakeside turn off.

B186 Essex – Queuing traffic on B186 West Thurrock Way out of town in Lakeside between Lancaster Roundabout and Thurrock Services Roundabout.

A126 Essex – Queuing traffic on A126 westbound in Grays between the A1089 Dock Approach Road junction and the A1012 Hogg Lane junction.

A1013 Essex – Very slow traffic on A1013 westbound in Grays between Daneholes Roundabout and the A126 Stanley Road junction.

A1306 Essex – Very slow traffic on A1306 Arterial Road North Stifford westbound in Lakeside between Treacle Mine Roundabout and Thurrock Services Roundabout.

A127 Greater London – Very slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on A127 eastbound between Romford in Upminster and Halfway House in West Horndon.

1005

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and long delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident earlier on and barrier repairs. Diversion in operation – via the Dartford Tunnel (with a 5m height limit). Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed, long delays and a height restriction on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of the QE2 Bridge closure. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

A1012 Essex – A1012 Elizabeth Road in North Stifford partially blocked and queuing traffic at Treacle Mine Roundabout, because of an accident involving two lorries and a car. On the roundabout.

A1306 Essex – Long delays on A1306 Arterial Road in both directions at Dartford Crossing. Congestion to Chandler’s Corner, Rainham.

A13 Essex – Severe delays on A13 in both directions at Lakeside. Congestion to Rainham and to Orsett.

0920 hrs

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and long delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident earlier on and barrier repairs. Diversion in operation – via the Dartford Tunnel (with a 5m height limit). Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed, long delays and a height restriction on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of the QE2 Bridge closure. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

A1012 Essex – A1012 Elizabeth Road in North Stifford partially blocked and queuing traffic at Treacle Mine Roundabout, because of an accident involving two lorries and a car. On the roundabout.

A13 Greater London – Long delays on A13 into town from Goresbrook Interchange, Dagenham in East London to the A12 junction in London.

A1306 Essex – Long delays on A1306 Arterial Road in both directions at Dartford Crossing. Congestion to Grays and to Chandler’s Corner, Rainham.

A13 Essex – Severe delays on A13 in both directions at Lakeside. Congestion to the Rainham Marshes junction and to Stanford-Le-Hope Bypass.

0830 hrs

Statement from Essex Police…

Motorists are being advised to expect delays on the M25 at the Dartford River Crossing this morning. The bridge is closed following a serious road traffic collision.

It happened shortly before 2am today (Wednesday, August 17). A white BMW 118 was in collision with the barrier on the bridge. The woman driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital. Her passenger was also injured and he too has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Motorists are thanked for their patience and advised to seek alternative routes where possible. Officers are working to reopen the bridge as soon as possible.

Thurrock Council said: "We have a number of waste vehicles caught in traffic this morning. Some bins may be missed today but will be collected as soon as possible."

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and long delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident earlier on, recovery work and barrier repairs. Diversion in operation – via the Dartford Tunnel (with a 5m height limit). Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed, long delays and a height restriction on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of the QE2 Bridge closure. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

A1306 Essex – Long delays on A1306 Arterial Road in both directions at Dartford Crossing. Congestion to Treacle Mine, Grays and to Wennington Interchange.

A13 Essex – Long delays on A13 in both directions at Lakeside. Congestion to Wennington Interchange and to Orsett.

A1012 Essex – A1012 Elizabeth Road in North Stifford partially blocked and queuing traffic at Treacle Mine Roundabout, because of an accident involving two lorries and a car. On the roundabout.

A13 Greater London – Heavier than usual traffic and very slow traffic on A13 into town from Goresbrook Interchange, Dagenham in East London to the A12 junction in London.

0745 hrs

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and long delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident earlier on, recovery work and barrier repairs. Diversion in operation – via the Dartford Tunnel (with a 5m height limit). Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed, a height restriction and long delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of the QE2 Bridge closure. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

A1306 Essex – Long delays on A1306 Arterial Road in both directions at Dartford Crossing. Congestion to Treacle Mine, Grays and to Wennington Interchange.

A13 Essex – Long delays on A13 in both directions at Lakeside. Congestion to Wennington Interchange and to Grays.

A1012 Essex – A1012 Elizabeth Road in North Stifford partially blocked and queuing traffic at Treacle Mine Roundabout, because of an accident involving two lorries and a car. On the roundabout.

0700 hrs

M25 Essex – M25 QE2 Bridge closed and severe delays clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of accident investigation work and barrier repairs. Diversion in operation – via the Dartford Tunnel (with a 5m height limit). Congestion to J28, A12 (Brook Street Roundabout).

M25 Kent – Two lanes closed, queuing traffic and a height restriction on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of the QE2 Bridge closure. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

A1306 Essex – Long delays on A1306 Arterial Road in both directions in West Thurrock at Dartford Crossing. Congestion to Treacle Mine Roundabout, Grays and to Purfleet.

A13 Essex – Long delays on A13 in both directions at Lakeside. Congestion to Wennington Interchange and to Grays.

ROUTE X80: Suspended due to QEII bridge being closed because of a major RTC

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