Friday, May 24, 2024

Day 2: Police close Dartford Crossing after people climb onto bridge

Update: 0800 hrs Tuesday

QE2 BRIDGE ***CLOSED CLOCKWISE*** SEVERE DELAYS due to police incident between J31 (Thurrock / Lakeside) and J1A (Dartford). Congestion to J29 (Upminster).

A13 queues either side back to Wennington and Tilbury, and queues through Purfleet, Thurrock and Grays.

Update: 0815 hrs

Our officers are continuing to work to resolve the issue on the Dartford Crossing after two people climbed up onto high cables early this morning.

The QEII bridge is closed to allow us to resolve the situation as safely as possible and a diversion is in place through the tunnel.

This is a complex operation due to the height at which the protestors are currently situated and it may take some but we are working as quickly as possible.

We want to be clear – our priority is to keep people safe and keep Essex moving.

We will take action against anyone who puts life in danger or things they can selfishly stop others getting to work or getting on with their lives.

We appreciate your patience and understanding and will keep you updated through the day.

POLICE Officers are currently working to resolve a situation which has caused them to close the QEII Bridge at the Dartford Crossing.

They received a report shortly before 3.50am today (Monday 17 October) that two people had climbed onto the bridge and are currently at height.

A spokeseperson said: “The bridge has been closed while we resolve the incident which we will do as quickly and as safely for all involved.

It does mean that we have had to close the bridge to traffic, but a diversion is going to be put in place through the tunnel.

This is likely to cause delays throughout this morning and this incident may take some time to resolve due to the complexities of safely getting people down from height.

Please plan your journey.

“We appreciate your patience and understanding. We will provide further updates when we are in a position to”.



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