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Long delays for rush hour drivers as QEII bridge to remain closed

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Original article from Kent Live

Rush hour drivers are facing long delays today (May 21) after strong winds closed the QEII bridge.

The Dartford Crossing is currently closed following a weather warning issued by the Met Office.

The forecaster warned of strong winds disrupting traffic until 9pm.

As of 3pm there were delays stretching seven miles on the clockwise carriageway of the M25.

Meanwhile, on the anticlockwise carriageway there were longer delays of nine miles.

All traffic has been passing through the tunnels during the closure.

A spokesman for Highways England said: "The A282 QEII Bridge at Dartford Crossing is closed southbound between the M25 J31 and J1A due to strong winds.

"Traffic is being diverted contraflow via the eastbore tunnel.

"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 six miles of congestion.

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

But when is the traffic chaos due to end?

The Met Office's warning remains in place until 9pm, with strong winds predicted throughout the evening.

The bridge can reopen if conditions improve, with lane closures and speed limits in place instead.

However Highways England has confirmed it does not expect to reopen the QEII bridge until at least 5pm.

A spokesman said: "Due to the predicted weather throughout the afternoon, the bridge is expected to remain closed until at least 5pm."

Updates on this ongoing traffic incident can be found in our live blog here.

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