Christmas gridlock on Thurrock roads

2130 hrs

From Highways Agency: Delays between the M25 anti-clockwise at J3 and Dartford Crossing are now starting to ease, along with those on the A13 eastbound approaching the M25.

All of our Traffic Officers are dealing with live incidents so unable to assist with traffic management at this time.

From Ensign Buses: Part of the problem is Junction 30 is managed by Highways England & Junction 31 is Thurrock Council. They are hoping to transfer 31 to HE control. If both junctions were managed by HE and J30 & 31 traffic lights worked in co-ordination and remotely when required, it could help

1900 hrs

Many roads around Thurrock congested.

Ship Lane, Aveley,
South Road, South Ockendon
London Road, Purfleet

There are currently severe delays of over an hour and a half on the M25 anti-clockwise between J4 and Dartford Crossing. This is due to heavy traffic on the other side of the crossing on local Thurrock roads, particularly around Intu Lakeside. This means that we are currently allowing vehicles through in sections, to prevent traffic from queuing inside the tunnels.

Please allow extra time for your journey should you be intending to travel via the crossing.

1825 hrs

There are currently severe delays of over an hour and a half on the M25 anti-clockwise between J4 and Dartford Crossing. This is due to heavy traffic on the other side of the crossing on local Thurrock roads, particularly around Intu Lakeside. This means that we are currently allowing vehicles through in sections, to prevent traffic from queuing inside the tunnels.

Please allow extra time for your journey should you be intending to travel via the crossing.

1745 hrs

Many of the roads in Thurrock are congested.

Highways England has gone onto social media to tell drivers that it is due to sheer volume of traffic.

Buses

ROUTE 22: Only operating between Aveley & Lakeside.
ROUTE 66: Severe Delays.
ROUTES 73/73A & 83: Major disruption, *extremely limited* service between Grays & Lakeside.
ROUTE 88: Only operating between Grays & Stifford Clays.

From Highways Agency: There are currently severe delays of over an hour and a half on the M25 anti-clockwise between J4 and Dartford Crossing. This is due to heavy traffic on the other side of the crossing on local Thurrock roads, particularly around Intu Lakeside. This means that we are currently allowing vehicles through in sections, to prevent traffic from queuing inside the tunnels.

Please allow extra time for your journey should you be intending to travel via the crossing.

From Twitter Account: Dartford Bridge: Recovery is complete, and all lanes have now reopened on the #A282 southbound /#M25 clockwise (QEII Bridge / Dartford Crossing) following the earlier collision. Severe delays remain, so please allow extra time for your journey.

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