Today marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first tunnel at the Dartford Crossing between Kent and Essex. What is now the west bore of the current tunnel opened at midday on 18 November, 1963.
Capacity at the crossing was later increased with the opening of the east bore in 1981 and the Queen Elizabeth II bridge in 1991. The Highways Agency says the crossing is a vital transport link, continuing to bring benefits to the economy, nationally as well as regionally.
Two lanes closed at on M25 anticlockwise at the A282 (Dartford Tunnel), and there is queueing traffic after an accident involving a car and a lorry. There is congestion to J1b A282 / A296 Princes Road (Dartford).
The West tunnel is closed because of an accident just before the tunnel entrance, all traffic is going through the East tunnel.
A Californian King Snake has been rescued from the hard shoulder near the Dartford Tunnel. The reptile was spotted in a small plastic tank at the side of the road. The non-venomous reptile is now being cared for by snake experts.
Two lanes are closed and there is queueing traffic due to a police incident on the M25 anticlockwise at A282 (Dartford Tunnel toll booths), congestion on M25 to J1b A282 / A296 Princes Road (Dartford).
All traffic was stopped in both directions just after 11:00 due to Police investigations on the QE2 Bridge. Traffic is now using the Dartford Tunnels, running two lanes in each direction.