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Long delays on M25 as the QE2 bridge is likely to be closed into the afternoon

Drivers are being warned of long delays on the M25 after a crash on the Dartford Bridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are long delays on the M25 in Essex as the Dartford Crossing QE2 Bridge is closed because of a serious crash.

Highways England traffic officers are working alongside Kent Police to clear the incident which happened just after 4am this morning.

Traffic is being diverted by using a contraflow through the Dartford tunnels.

Although two lanes are open in each direction and a contraflow in operation through the tunnels delays in the area are severe and drivers are being urged by Highways England to check conditions before they set out and plan their journeys to avoid the area if possible.

The crossing is expected to remain closed until Friday afternoon.

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Slip roads linking the M11 and M25 in Essex closed

Drivers in Essex are being warned that two slip roads linking the M25 and the M11 are still closed following a serious crash overnight.

Traffic building up on the M11 southbound close to the M25 interchange in Essex. Credit: Highways Agency

The slip road from the anti-clockwise M25 to the northbound M11 and from the northbound M11 to the clockwise M25 are both closed after a lorry a lorry struck a bridge and overturned just before midnight on Sunday night.

Drivers approaching the closures are being directed to continue to the next junction, where they can turn around and approach the junction in the other direction.

"Signs across the motorway network and on London’s road network have been set to warn drivers of the restrictions, and customers are encouraged to allow extra time for their journeys if they intend to travel in this area on Monday morning."

– Highways Agency

Essex Police are investigating the incident and there is is debris and diesel to clear from the road. The bridge that was struck will also need to be assessed, and the carriageway may need to be resurfaced due to the diesel spillage.

Man arrested over fatal M25 crash 'in the care of mental health professionals'

A man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal crash on the M25 in Essex on Tuesday 9 December has been transferred into the care of mental health professionals.

Aerial view of crash on M25 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 25-year-old was arrested at Princess Alexandra Hospital where he was being treated for injuries he had sustained during the collision.

He will be interviewed at a later date pending the advice of doctors.

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M25 to stay closed in Essex 'for foreseeable future'

The crash is understood to have involved a lorry crossing the central reservation.

At this time we have one confirmed fatality and a number of people who are trapped in their vehicles. There is debris across both sides of the M25 and the motorway will be closed for the foreseeable future while we deal with this collision and begin our investigations to establish what has happened. If it is at all possible motorists are advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes. Nothing will be moving around this portion of the M25 for some considerable time, and the morning rush-hour is likely to be affected.

– Inspector Dick Thomas, Essex Police
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Aerial pictures show extent of gridlock on the M25

The M25 in Essex is closed in both directions between J23 (A1) - J27 (M11) clockwise, and J27 (M11) - J25 (Cheshunt) anti clockwise. The carriageway may not fully reopen until 3pm.

Video of work to make it quicker and easier to pay at the Dartford Crossing

The Highways Agency has released a time-lapse video of work to make it quicker and easier to pay the toll for using the Dartford Crossing between Essex and Kent.

The video shows the installation of five new gantries that have been installed at the entrance to the Dartford tunnels and on the Queen Elizabeth II bridge.

The gantries will hold cameras and sensors for the new Dart Charge being introduced in October. That will allow drivers to pre-pay the charge or pay online so they won't need to stop at the toll booths.

The Highways Agency says 170,000 vehicles a day use the crossing and the new system will improve journeys and reduce congestion.

Lorry fire keeps M25 closed during rush hour

A lorry fire on the M25 in Hertfordshire forced the motorway to close for several hours Credit: Beds, Cambs, Herts Road Policing Unit

Drivers are being warned the M25 anti-clockwise will be closed during Thursday's rush hour after a lorry fire.

The M25 is closed anti-clockwise between junction 23 (access to the A1(M)) and junction 21a (access to the M1).

A lorry carrying cooking oil and foodstuff has overturned, spilling its content – which later caught fire – onto the carriageway.

Emergency services are currently on scene, as well as structures engineers assessing damage to the road and overhead gantry.

A police investigation is underway. The road will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so but the closure is expected to last for several hours, and during rush hour.

Road users wishing to use the M25 anti-clockwise need to exit the M25 at junction 23 and take the A1(M) north; exit at junction 3 and join the A414 west. Take the A405 south and rejoin the M25 at junction 21.

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