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Dartford Crossing reopens with ‘severe’ 90 minute delays

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Original article from Kent Live

The Dartford Crossing has reopened four hours after it was forced to close by poor weather conditions.

The QEII bridge was closed due to high winds at around 1pm on Friday (May 21).

The closure of the bridge led to 16 mile delays on the M25 as motorists struggled to move between Kent and Essex.

Dartford, Greenhithe and Darenth were also left gridlocked as closure caused chaos on Kent's roads.

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Some motorists were left stuck for hours as the traffic attempted to move through the tunnel.

Queues were backed up through to the Ebbsfleet junction on the A2 as backlogs built on both sides of the river.

Highway England confirmed shortly after 5pm that all lanes on the bridge had reopened – but long delays remain in the area.

The length of the queues and disruption caused mean motorists will still have to wait a long time to clear the crossing.

'Severe delays'

A spokesman for Highways England said: "There are severe delays on the approach to the A282 Dartford Crossing in both directions affecting traffic in both Essex and Kent.

"This is due to a earlier restrictions of the QE2 Bridge due to severe weather

"Please allow extra time for your journey if you're travelling in the area this morning as there are delays of over an hour and a half on approach on the M25 clockwise, with 6 miles of congestion.

"On the anti-clockwise carriageway, there is over 5 miles of queuing traffic approaching the tunnel."

The bridge was closed after winds of 50mph battered Kent.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind until 9pm tonight (May 21).

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