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Someone could "end up dying" in Dartford tunnel congestion, warns MP

Highways England has apologised to drivers who were stuck in four-hour tailbacks after a computer failure closed the Dartford tunnel last night.

The sensors used to detect if a lorry is too tall to travel safely through the tunnels, stopped working. Around 300 lorries a month approach the crossing in the wrong lane. But the resulting chaos exasperated travellers.

Phil Hornby has been talking to the town's MP, Gareth Johnson.

Long delays around Dartford Crossing after crash

There have been long delays at the Dartford Crossing after a serious crash. Drivers have spent several hours waiting on the A13, trying to get into Kent. Many motorists stood at the side of the road because of the heat in their vehicles. The QE11 bridge was closed after a BMW hit a safety barrier. The woman driver was seriously injured.

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Drivers leave hot vehicles during Dartford delays

Drivers have left their vehicles because of the heat Credit: ITV

There are long delays at the Dartford Crossing after a serious crash. Drivers have spent several hours waiting on the A13, trying to get into Kent. Many motorists are standing a the side of the road because of the heat in their vehicles. The QE11 bridge was closed after a BMW hit a safety barrier. The woman driver was seriously injured.

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QE2 Bridge and Sheppey Crossing remain closed

QE2 Bridge closed due to strong winds

The QE2 Bridge at the Dartford Crossing and the A249 Sheppey Crossing are likely to remain closed through the afternoon due to the strong winds.

60mph winds prompted the closure of both bridges for the safety of drivers.

Traffic for the QE2 bridge is being diverted via the east tunnel. Traffic heading northbound will only be able to use the west tunnel.

A clearly signed diversion is in place for the A249 Sheppey Crossing using the Kingsferry bridge.

The bridges will remain closed until the wind speeds drop, which could be after 5pm.

Drivers are advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time.

Sheppey Crossing also remains closed

One year since Dart Charge came into force

The Dart Charge system was launched a year ago to reduce congestion at the Dartford Crossing Credit: ITV Meridian

It's one year since the Dart Charge payment system, aimed at reducing congestion came into force at the Dartford Crossing.

Highways England says removing the barriers has resulted in faster journey times.

But some drivers complain they have faced problems with the billing system.

Row over siting of new Thames Crossing continues

There's still no agreement where a new crossing over the Thames should be built. Most drivers agree - one is certainly needed - as they endure long delays between Dartford and Thurrock.

But faced with a range of options from East London to Gravesend and Tilbury - the arguments about where the bridge and its approach roads should go, have continued

As Nashreen Issa reports, the Government is due to make a decision early next year.

The interviewees are: Cllr John Kent, Thurrock Council; and Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Thurrock.

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