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QE2 Bridge to close as storm moves in - rush hour chaos possible on M25
8:53pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
Statement from the Highways Agency:
The Highways Agency is advising road users in the south east that the Queen Elizabeth II bridge, which forms part of the Dartford River Crossing between Essex and Kent, is expected to close in the very early hours of tomorrow morning due to the high winds. However, the tunnels are expected to remain open, and will operate in contraflow (one tunnel running in each direction) to allow traffic to still get across the Thames.
Wind speed in the area is predicted to reach the level at which the bridge has to be closed for safety some time between midnight and 03:00, but the Highways Agency will be monitoring wind speeds closely and will close the bridge only when necessary, and reopen it as soon as it is safe to do so. There is a strong possibility this will impact on the early Monday rush hour, so road users are being urged to plan ahead, check the traffic and weather conditions before travelling, and consider delaying their journeys if they are not essential.
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