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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

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  1. Tom Savvides

Will a new speed limit save lives on the Sheppey Crossing?

It's been the scene of one of the worst pile-ups ever seen. And last summer, a mother and her young son were killed in a car crash on the Sheppey Crossing. Since then there has been a long campaign to lower speed limits on the bridge and today that finally happened. But people who live on the Isle of Sheppey say it's still not enough. This report by Tom Savvides includes interviews with Emma Tweed, councillor Ken Pugh and Gordon Henderson MP.

50mph speed limit introduced on Sheppey Crossing

A 50mph speed limit has been introduced on the A249 Sheppey Crossing in Kent.

It follows a serious crash last July in which a mother and her eight year-old son were killed.

A mother and son were killed in a crash on the crossing last year

The coroner investigating asked Highways England to consider urgent safety measures on the bridge, which is the main link between the M2 at Stockbury and Sheerness.

In September 2013, sixty people were injured after more than 120 cars crashed. More than thirty thousand drivers use the crossing every day.

Safety is Highways England’s top priority. We are fully supporting the inquest into the tragic incident that happened on the Sheppey Crossing last July.

Our objective is ensuring safe and reliable journeys on the A249 and the Sheppey Crossing for the 30,000 drivers who depend on it every day.

The speed limit will be carefully assessed to monitor its effect on road safety and Highways England will continue to keep the safety performance of the A249 under constant review.

– A Highways England spokesperson

Compensation for those involved in Sheppey pile up

Compensation can be claimed by those involved in a crash on the Sheppey Crossing, despite no prosecutions being made, according to one of Kent's solicitors.

Around 150 vehicles were involved in the pile up on the bridge last September.

Police are offering driver alertness courses to 32 motorists who were involved.

The Sheppey Crossing crash back in September Credit: ITV Meridian

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