Crossing tolls suspended following lorry smash

Traffic at Junction 2 of the M25

Traffic at Junction 2 of the M25

First published in News

THE Dartford Crossing tolls have been suspended following a four-lorry smash.

The crash happened just after 12.30pm today, forcing one of the Dartford tunnel's western bore to close.

Charges northbound were suspended at around 4.30pm and will be suspended until further notice. They are only lifted when queues stretch back more than 10 miles.

Traffic is currently stacked back to Junction 4 for Orpington in Kent.

Up to 70 metres of the M25/A282 carriageway needs to be resurfaced following the collision.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: "The incident, which happened at around 12.30 this afternoon, involved four HGVs.

"We are working hard with our contractors to reopen the west bore as soon as it is safe to do so, which requires approximately 70 metres of the carriageway to be resurfaced. The east bore remains open to traffic."

 

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5:30pm Wed 16 Jul 14

ChampKind says...

As they all have to travel on the inside lane, it seems safe to assume that one of the reasons why four vehicles were involved was that at least three of them were travelling too close to the vehicle in front. As per usual.
As they all have to travel on the inside lane, it seems safe to assume that one of the reasons why four vehicles were involved was that at least three of them were travelling too close to the vehicle in front. As per usual. ChampKind
  • Score: 21

6:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

Sat in that. From the business park next to the bridge, to coming out of the tunnell, less than 2 miles, took just under two hours.
Sat in that. From the business park next to the bridge, to coming out of the tunnell, less than 2 miles, took just under two hours. Maddogg
  • Score: 18

10:28pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Mikkel1 says...

I wholeheartedly agree with ChampKind about tailgating by lorries. Most drivers feel THEY own the roads and have priority over others, so overtake at Less than a mile per hour going up hill, blocking other road users, for NO good reason whatsoever, thus causing road rage, while police are NOWHERE to be seen until a crash occurs.
I wholeheartedly agree with ChampKind about tailgating by lorries. Most drivers feel THEY own the roads and have priority over others, so overtake at Less than a mile per hour going up hill, blocking other road users, for NO good reason whatsoever, thus causing road rage, while police are NOWHERE to be seen until a crash occurs. Mikkel1
  • Score: 12

10:35pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

The charges should be suspended forever. We are STILL paying for something that was paid off years ago and now the gantries are in place for the October ANPR replacing of the toll booths this charge will now be a CONGESTION charge..

A bit of a misnomer as the removal of the toll booths is meant to CUT congestion. That's the whole idea in the first place.

This is yet another stealth tax.

How daft do they think we are?
The charges should be suspended forever. We are STILL paying for something that was paid off years ago and now the gantries are in place for the October ANPR replacing of the toll booths this charge will now be a CONGESTION charge.. A bit of a misnomer as the removal of the toll booths is meant to CUT congestion. That's the whole idea in the first place. This is yet another stealth tax. How daft do they think we are? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 16

12:27am Thu 17 Jul 14

ThisYear says...

Get the lorry contents back on the railway and then remove the charges.
Get the lorry contents back on the railway and then remove the charges. ThisYear
  • Score: 10

11:48am Thu 17 Jul 14

Amanda @ Stanford says...

It took me three and half hours to get back across. If that doesn't cement the notion that we need another crossing of sorts, then god knows what will. The NIMBY's should travel this route on a daily basis over a three month period, THEN tell us what they think. No two days are ever the same and since doing this journey for four years, my travel time has inreased around 15 mins each way since I first started. The sheer volume of traffic on our roads - too much in too little space at this end of the Thames!
It took me three and half hours to get back across. If that doesn't cement the notion that we need another crossing of sorts, then god knows what will. The NIMBY's should travel this route on a daily basis over a three month period, THEN tell us what they think. No two days are ever the same and since doing this journey for four years, my travel time has inreased around 15 mins each way since I first started. The sheer volume of traffic on our roads - too much in too little space at this end of the Thames! Amanda @ Stanford
  • Score: 0

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