Bedlam at Lakeside as bridge closure grinds West Thurrock roads to a halt

Picture taken by reader Nick Lay on the footbridge linking Chafford Hundred and Lakeside

Picture taken by reader Nick Lay on the footbridge linking Chafford Hundred and Lakeside

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Echo: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

SHOPPERS and staff at Lakeside shopping centre were forced to abandon their cars as traffic in the area ground to a halt following the closure of Dartford Bridge.

Angry residents waited up to SIX hours to leave as traffic clogged up on all exits from the centre on Monday night.

The bridge closed at 1.30pm due to high winds and reopened at 3.30pm.

But the area became completely congested as shoppers - who had gone bargain hunting in the post-Christmas sales at Lakeside and the retail parks - attempted to leave.

An accident on the A13 approaching the junction with the M25 added to the traffic woes.

Fed up motorists blasted their horns as they crawled on to the blocked up West Thurrock roads.

Amanda Woodruff, 20, from Hadfield Road, Stanford-le-Hope decided to abandon her car altogether. She was parked on the fourth floor of Debenhams car park.

But when she returned to her vehicle after shopping, she was unable to move her car at all because of the traffic.

She went for a meal, only to return later and find the problem had worsened.

She said: “I had my baby with me and he needed to get home so I had to leave my shopping and car and get the train home.

“You've got people beeping because they are getting impatient, engines being turned off, cars having to stop on the car park ramps. It was absolutely manic! Not to mention it cost me extra money to get home at a reasonable time.”

Andy Finn, who was parked in one of the shopping centre’s multi-storey car parks said on Twitter at 6pm: “It’s taken me two hours to go 25 metres.”

On Twitter, shoppers said announcements had been made over the tanoy at Lakeside advising people not to leave the centre, while others stuck in queues leaving the retail park had time to jump out of their cars and pop into Burger King before traffic moved again.

Robert Seaman, 32, from Hodges Close, Chafford Hundred raged on Twitter: “Why the hell haven’t the tolls been lifted on the QE2 bridge. Chaos in Thurrock. Pure greed.”

While thousands of motorists were stuck on the roads around Lakeside and in its car parks, others managed to avoid the traffic before it got too bad - but were forced to change their plans in the process.

Annette Columbine, from Grays said on Facebook: “Luckily this afternoon we sat in it for about 30 mins trying to get to Kent and then managed to turn round and come home!”

Echo: inside the centre car parks traffic

Queues building in Lakeside shopping centre's car parks

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7:13pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Nebs says...

Perhaps they should spend some of the congestion charge toll money on actually dealing with congestion.
Perhaps they should spend some of the congestion charge toll money on actually dealing with congestion. Nebs
  • Score: 38

7:22pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Gives people time to reflect, on the true meaning of Christmas, the greedy, and the extravagance of spending....
Gives people time to reflect, on the true meaning of Christmas, the greedy, and the extravagance of spending.... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 30

7:24pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Nebs wrote:
Perhaps they should spend some of the congestion charge toll money on actually dealing with congestion.
No, it goes to fund the unemployed...
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Perhaps they should spend some of the congestion charge toll money on actually dealing with congestion.[/p][/quote]No, it goes to fund the unemployed... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -27

7:25pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Fancy the lady taking her baby shopping, there is an issue of care here, of which a caring parent might take heed to...
Fancy the lady taking her baby shopping, there is an issue of care here, of which a caring parent might take heed to... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -65

8:00pm Mon 30 Dec 13

luckyman says...

I was at lakeside today and left at 1.30. We couldn't get a seat at the food court after we finished shopping. So glad we didn't have that taco bell now we'd still be sitting in the car park!!
I was at lakeside today and left at 1.30. We couldn't get a seat at the food court after we finished shopping. So glad we didn't have that taco bell now we'd still be sitting in the car park!! luckyman
  • Score: 12

8:16pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Fancy the lady taking her baby shopping, there is an issue of care here, of which a caring parent might take heed to...
Probably out spending her child allowance on some chav jewellry
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Fancy the lady taking her baby shopping, there is an issue of care here, of which a caring parent might take heed to...[/p][/quote]Probably out spending her child allowance on some chav jewellry Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -53

8:48pm Mon 30 Dec 13

cynic all says...

I blame the Romans .
I blame the Romans . cynic all
  • Score: 10

8:53pm Mon 30 Dec 13

billericay boy says...

Reminds me of the good old days before the bridge was built, spending hours every day, miles of traffic getting back and fourth though the pipe, Bridge gets closed for a few hours, end of the world. These young whipper snappers just don't know how lucky they are. Beam me up Scottie.
Reminds me of the good old days before the bridge was built, spending hours every day, miles of traffic getting back and fourth though the pipe, Bridge gets closed for a few hours, end of the world. These young whipper snappers just don't know how lucky they are. Beam me up Scottie. billericay boy
  • Score: 29

9:02pm Mon 30 Dec 13

costa-del-blowfly says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Fancy the lady taking her baby shopping, there is an issue of care here, of which a caring parent might take heed to...
Probably out spending her child allowance on some chav jewellry
She however, could probably spell jewellery correctly.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Fancy the lady taking her baby shopping, there is an issue of care here, of which a caring parent might take heed to...[/p][/quote]Probably out spending her child allowance on some chav jewellry[/p][/quote]She however, could probably spell jewellery correctly. costa-del-blowfly
  • Score: 54

9:06pm Mon 30 Dec 13

King of theft says...

That's why you need a motorbike or push bike. I would be going through the middle with my middle finger in the air!
That's why you need a motorbike or push bike. I would be going through the middle with my middle finger in the air! King of theft
  • Score: -6

9:59pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Rachy7 says...

Heard the tanoid announcements not to leave which started about 4.15pm, then at 5.15 another announcement recommending not to leave for another hour we Left at 5.45 was parked in the car park at the end of pandora and Burger King, no queues to get out the car park until we got to the roundabout then it was queued all the way up to the lights which wasn't bad at all, only took us 10-15 mins and we was on the a13 and at home in Southend by 6.35, not sure what all the fuss was about lol... Shame the sales were rubbish... There was no where to sit though in the food court people were sat on the floor eating
Heard the tanoid announcements not to leave which started about 4.15pm, then at 5.15 another announcement recommending not to leave for another hour we Left at 5.45 was parked in the car park at the end of pandora and Burger King, no queues to get out the car park until we got to the roundabout then it was queued all the way up to the lights which wasn't bad at all, only took us 10-15 mins and we was on the a13 and at home in Southend by 6.35, not sure what all the fuss was about lol... Shame the sales were rubbish... There was no where to sit though in the food court people were sat on the floor eating Rachy7
  • Score: -6

11:59pm Mon 30 Dec 13

emcee says...

Moral of the story? Don't follow the sheep. There are better bargains online.
Moral of the story? Don't follow the sheep. There are better bargains online. emcee
  • Score: 20

4:53am Tue 31 Dec 13

goonergirl23 says...

This was disgusting, took me 5 hours to get from Brighton to Basildon, when I eventually got to the pay booth I asked the bloke why the bridge was shut and he said high winds........ what high winds, this was at 3.30pm and it was a lovely day sun out and everything, they didn;t open the bridge at 3.30pm it was much later than that. Who the hell makes these decisions? Whoever made this one today should be shot, totally ruined my day and I nearly wet myself!
This was disgusting, took me 5 hours to get from Brighton to Basildon, when I eventually got to the pay booth I asked the bloke why the bridge was shut and he said high winds........ what high winds, this was at 3.30pm and it was a lovely day sun out and everything, they didn;t open the bridge at 3.30pm it was much later than that. Who the hell makes these decisions? Whoever made this one today should be shot, totally ruined my day and I nearly wet myself! goonergirl23
  • Score: 0

5:43am Tue 31 Dec 13

Thurrockbob says...

If people want to go to Lakeside when there is a severe weather warning, more fool them. Most are just Chavs anyhow! :o)
If people want to go to Lakeside when there is a severe weather warning, more fool them. Most are just Chavs anyhow! :o) Thurrockbob
  • Score: 2

6:26am Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Thurrockbob wrote:
If people want to go to Lakeside when there is a severe weather warning, more fool them. Most are just Chavs anyhow! :o)
You've gotto laff, those lot chasing a few no nothing bargains, beyond their pocket, then moaning about the high winds, as I have already said, pure greed is a troublesome seed, with moaning Mothers, and food court eaters.
[quote][p][bold]Thurrockbob[/bold] wrote: If people want to go to Lakeside when there is a severe weather warning, more fool them. Most are just Chavs anyhow! :o)[/p][/quote]You've gotto laff, those lot chasing a few no nothing bargains, beyond their pocket, then moaning about the high winds, as I have already said, pure greed is a troublesome seed, with moaning Mothers, and food court eaters. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 8

6:49am Tue 31 Dec 13

cynic all says...

Greedy people buying things they don't need with money they have not got ,serve them right .
Greedy people buying things they don't need with money they have not got ,serve them right . cynic all
  • Score: 2

8:09am Tue 31 Dec 13

colsmith says...

Find it most amusing. Place is a zoo. Absolute zoo and they ruined a perfectly good chalkpit to build it. What on this planet possess's perfectly (in most cases) sane people to get in their vehicle and become part of a human jungle just to "perhaps grab a bargain" One of the mysteries of all time. Unbelievable and if you believe in "the almighty" perhaps this is the punishment these morons garner...
Find it most amusing. Place is a zoo. Absolute zoo and they ruined a perfectly good chalkpit to build it. What on this planet possess's perfectly (in most cases) sane people to get in their vehicle and become part of a human jungle just to "perhaps grab a bargain" One of the mysteries of all time. Unbelievable and if you believe in "the almighty" perhaps this is the punishment these morons garner... colsmith
  • Score: 3

8:48am Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

cynic all wrote:
Greedy people buying things they don't need with money they have not got ,serve them right .
Like I'e said these moronic losers, live in a fantasy land, where by they spend money which would be better suited filling their freezers, from Iceland.
[quote][p][bold]cynic all[/bold] wrote: Greedy people buying things they don't need with money they have not got ,serve them right .[/p][/quote]Like I'e said these moronic losers, live in a fantasy land, where by they spend money which would be better suited filling their freezers, from Iceland. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 2

8:49am Tue 31 Dec 13

fredfoot says...

Support your local town centre shops why pay extra money to go through the tunnel?
Support your local town centre shops why pay extra money to go through the tunnel? fredfoot
  • Score: 8

9:08am Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

fredfoot wrote:
Support your local town centre shops why pay extra money to go through the tunnel?
Lakeside isn't on the other side...DoH
[quote][p][bold]fredfoot[/bold] wrote: Support your local town centre shops why pay extra money to go through the tunnel?[/p][/quote]Lakeside isn't on the other side...DoH Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 3

9:59am Tue 31 Dec 13

black jack ketchum says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
fredfoot wrote:
Support your local town centre shops why pay extra money to go through the tunnel?
Lakeside isn't on the other side...DoH
Not if you live in kent!
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredfoot[/bold] wrote: Support your local town centre shops why pay extra money to go through the tunnel?[/p][/quote]Lakeside isn't on the other side...DoH[/p][/quote]Not if you live in kent! black jack ketchum
  • Score: 3

10:07am Tue 31 Dec 13

fredfoot says...

black jack ketchum wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
fredfoot wrote:
Support your local town centre shops why pay extra money to go through the tunnel?
Lakeside isn't on the other side...DoH
Not if you live in kent!
I know where Lakeside is if you live in Kent how are you supposed to get there fly!
[quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredfoot[/bold] wrote: Support your local town centre shops why pay extra money to go through the tunnel?[/p][/quote]Lakeside isn't on the other side...DoH[/p][/quote]Not if you live in kent![/p][/quote]I know where Lakeside is if you live in Kent how are you supposed to get there fly! fredfoot
  • Score: 6

10:18am Tue 31 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

fredfoot wrote:
black jack ketchum wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
fredfoot wrote:
Support your local town centre shops why pay extra money to go through the tunnel?
Lakeside isn't on the other side...DoH
Not if you live in kent!
I know where Lakeside is if you live in Kent how are you supposed to get there fly!
'Cultural' exchange. All the Kent mob go to Lakeside and all the Essex mob go to Bluewater.


Dartford Crossing is quids in. Kerching!
[quote][p][bold]fredfoot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredfoot[/bold] wrote: Support your local town centre shops why pay extra money to go through the tunnel?[/p][/quote]Lakeside isn't on the other side...DoH[/p][/quote]Not if you live in kent![/p][/quote]I know where Lakeside is if you live in Kent how are you supposed to get there fly![/p][/quote]'Cultural' exchange. All the Kent mob go to Lakeside and all the Essex mob go to Bluewater. Dartford Crossing is quids in. Kerching! Howard Cháse
  • Score: 9

10:37am Tue 31 Dec 13

pembury53 says...

I can think of no useful reason to visit either lakeside or bluewater...... that said the bridge only needed to be closed to high sided vehicles, not cars...... we are governed (in the loosest sense of the word) by donkeys
I can think of no useful reason to visit either lakeside or bluewater...... that said the bridge only needed to be closed to high sided vehicles, not cars...... we are governed (in the loosest sense of the word) by donkeys pembury53
  • Score: 8

11:52am Tue 31 Dec 13

wobblybob says...

This is why we cannot allow another river crossing in Thurrock!
If we have two bridges it will result in twice the amount of traffic chaos during high winds, as both crossings will be closed, plus the new one won't have any tunnels to divert into.
This is why we cannot allow another river crossing in Thurrock! If we have two bridges it will result in twice the amount of traffic chaos during high winds, as both crossings will be closed, plus the new one won't have any tunnels to divert into. wobblybob
  • Score: 6

11:58am Tue 31 Dec 13

tricklesthegreek says...

For anyone who wants a deal the best bargains are online. Why on earth anyone would want to trawl up to a zoo full of people to be pushed and shoved when you could sit at home I have no idea. And remember it's only a bargain if it's something you were going to buy anyway and it's reduced - if not then you just spent more than you were supposed to. For me - wanted to buy a new fridge freezer as our one is dying, and there were NO DEALS at all compared to what was on sale before Christmas - moral of the story - there are very rarely genuine bargains to be had in the sales. The red posters everywhere are a mind mash.
For anyone who wants a deal the best bargains are online. Why on earth anyone would want to trawl up to a zoo full of people to be pushed and shoved when you could sit at home I have no idea. And remember it's only a bargain if it's something you were going to buy anyway and it's reduced - if not then you just spent more than you were supposed to. For me - wanted to buy a new fridge freezer as our one is dying, and there were NO DEALS at all compared to what was on sale before Christmas - moral of the story - there are very rarely genuine bargains to be had in the sales. The red posters everywhere are a mind mash. tricklesthegreek
  • Score: 11

1:17pm Tue 31 Dec 13

iknowbetter says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
cynic all wrote:
Greedy people buying things they don't need with money they have not got ,serve them right .
Like I'e said these moronic losers, live in a fantasy land, where by they spend money which would be better suited filling their freezers, from Iceland.
You of all people would know what its like living in a fantasy land. It's an every day thing for you..
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cynic all[/bold] wrote: Greedy people buying things they don't need with money they have not got ,serve them right .[/p][/quote]Like I'e said these moronic losers, live in a fantasy land, where by they spend money which would be better suited filling their freezers, from Iceland.[/p][/quote]You of all people would know what its like living in a fantasy land. It's an every day thing for you.. iknowbetter
  • Score: -1

1:37pm Tue 31 Dec 13

God of Shoplifting says...

Its worth going lakeside for me, as I don't spend anything. #shoplifting
Its worth going lakeside for me, as I don't spend anything. #shoplifting God of Shoplifting
  • Score: -7

5:23pm Tue 31 Dec 13

iknowbetter says...

costa-del-blowfly wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Fancy the lady taking her baby shopping, there is an issue of care here, of which a caring parent might take heed to...
Probably out spending her child allowance on some chav jewellry
She however, could probably spell jewellery correctly.
Fooking brilliant. PMSL.....
[quote][p][bold]costa-del-blowfly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Fancy the lady taking her baby shopping, there is an issue of care here, of which a caring parent might take heed to...[/p][/quote]Probably out spending her child allowance on some chav jewellry[/p][/quote]She however, could probably spell jewellery correctly.[/p][/quote]Fooking brilliant. PMSL..... iknowbetter
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Tue 31 Dec 13

whataday says...

fredfoot wrote:
black jack ketchum wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
fredfoot wrote:
Support your local town centre shops why pay extra money to go through the tunnel?
Lakeside isn't on the other side...DoH
Not if you live in kent!
I know where Lakeside is if you live in Kent how are you supposed to get there fly!
Bluewater probably better
[quote][p][bold]fredfoot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredfoot[/bold] wrote: Support your local town centre shops why pay extra money to go through the tunnel?[/p][/quote]Lakeside isn't on the other side...DoH[/p][/quote]Not if you live in kent![/p][/quote]I know where Lakeside is if you live in Kent how are you supposed to get there fly![/p][/quote]Bluewater probably better whataday
  • Score: -1

5:32pm Tue 31 Dec 13

johanuk says...

Well, the road system at lakeside is really diabolical i think......no upgrade since lakeside opened and far more traffic!...needs a new exit west (tunnel under M25, and new exit east, also upgrade A13/M25 junction! Do it before expanding lakeside!
Well, the road system at lakeside is really diabolical i think......no upgrade since lakeside opened and far more traffic!...needs a new exit west (tunnel under M25, and new exit east, also upgrade A13/M25 junction! Do it before expanding lakeside! johanuk
  • Score: 2

6:33pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

iknowbetter wrote:
costa-del-blowfly wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Fancy the lady taking her baby shopping, there is an issue of care here, of which a caring parent might take heed to...
Probably out spending her child allowance on some chav jewellry
She however, could probably spell jewellery correctly.
Fooking brilliant. PMSL.....
Doesn't take much, even in this day and age, to find the folk who are easily confused, yet equally easily pleased.
Glad those folk got stuck as they did, freed up the bookies for a good few hours, LoL
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa-del-blowfly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Fancy the lady taking her baby shopping, there is an issue of care here, of which a caring parent might take heed to...[/p][/quote]Probably out spending her child allowance on some chav jewellry[/p][/quote]She however, could probably spell jewellery correctly.[/p][/quote]Fooking brilliant. PMSL.....[/p][/quote]Doesn't take much, even in this day and age, to find the folk who are easily confused, yet equally easily pleased. Glad those folk got stuck as they did, freed up the bookies for a good few hours, LoL Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -2

7:04pm Tue 31 Dec 13

iknowbetter says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
iknowbetter wrote:
costa-del-blowfly wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Fancy the lady taking her baby shopping, there is an issue of care here, of which a caring parent might take heed to...
Probably out spending her child allowance on some chav jewellry
She however, could probably spell jewellery correctly.
Fooking brilliant. PMSL.....
Doesn't take much, even in this day and age, to find the folk who are easily confused, yet equally easily pleased.
Glad those folk got stuck as they did, freed up the bookies for a good few hours, LoL
The Village Idiot is spending his Giro in the bookies again. tut tut!!!
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa-del-blowfly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Fancy the lady taking her baby shopping, there is an issue of care here, of which a caring parent might take heed to...[/p][/quote]Probably out spending her child allowance on some chav jewellry[/p][/quote]She however, could probably spell jewellery correctly.[/p][/quote]Fooking brilliant. PMSL.....[/p][/quote]Doesn't take much, even in this day and age, to find the folk who are easily confused, yet equally easily pleased. Glad those folk got stuck as they did, freed up the bookies for a good few hours, LoL[/p][/quote]The Village Idiot is spending his Giro in the bookies again. tut tut!!! iknowbetter
  • Score: 0

8:39pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Spyglass says...

cynic all wrote:
I blame the Romans .
So do I. Just what exactly did the Romans do for us?
Ha
[quote][p][bold]cynic all[/bold] wrote: I blame the Romans .[/p][/quote]So do I. Just what exactly did the Romans do for us? Ha Spyglass
  • Score: 1

6:40pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Eejits!

What sort of person subjects themselves to Lakeside at sale time, before Christmas - or indeed at any time.

The whole experience drives me insane, hence the reason I have not been there for years, nor will either.

Internet shopping (and you can still get sale items) and the local high street will do me.

I have no desire to stand in endless queues just to get ten quid off a kettle and get elbowed and shoved into the bargain, then sit in a ten mile tailback. Bow-locks to that.

What are these people? Mad?
Eejits! What sort of person subjects themselves to Lakeside at sale time, before Christmas - or indeed at any time. The whole experience drives me insane, hence the reason I have not been there for years, nor will either. Internet shopping (and you can still get sale items) and the local high street will do me. I have no desire to stand in endless queues just to get ten quid off a kettle and get elbowed and shoved into the bargain, then sit in a ten mile tailback. Bow-locks to that. What are these people? Mad? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

7:30pm Wed 1 Jan 14

essex guy says...

Trouble is with this country some people have no common sense and when someone starts talking sense no one listens. Some people need to stop living in the world of narnia and wake up to the real world.
Trouble is with this country some people have no common sense and when someone starts talking sense no one listens. Some people need to stop living in the world of narnia and wake up to the real world. essex guy
  • Score: 1

9:36am Thu 2 Jan 14

stuart695 says...

seeing the inane comments on this article i can understand why the government is able to do whatever it wants in thurrock and noone has the nouse to stand against it. The combination of Lakeside/Bluewater and the Dartford crossing in the same vicinity might be the cause of the gridlock; but not everyone caught in the jams is going shopping. A lot of offices are located in W Thurrock and Dartford and some people were trying to get home from work. Not all of us being lucky to be off work over the christmas-new year. Are people travelling with kids to visit family also uncaring parents. If anything, this ongoing situation shows there is no possible means of allowing a further bridge crossing in the Thurrock or Sth Essex area. Any other crossing needs to be a tunnel taking traffic way beyond the centres of population.
seeing the inane comments on this article i can understand why the government is able to do whatever it wants in thurrock and noone has the nouse to stand against it. The combination of Lakeside/Bluewater and the Dartford crossing in the same vicinity might be the cause of the gridlock; but not everyone caught in the jams is going shopping. A lot of offices are located in W Thurrock and Dartford and some people were trying to get home from work. Not all of us being lucky to be off work over the christmas-new year. Are people travelling with kids to visit family also uncaring parents. If anything, this ongoing situation shows there is no possible means of allowing a further bridge crossing in the Thurrock or Sth Essex area. Any other crossing needs to be a tunnel taking traffic way beyond the centres of population. stuart695
  • Score: 2

7:09pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Amandalw says...

Hi, I'm the lady who took my baby with me when shopping and I'm making this one comment to clear things up to those narrow minded people. 1) I went shopping to buy my baby a new coat that I put by at work to prepare for the upcoming weather 2) Surely it's better to take my baby with me than to pawn him off on anyone else like some other people I know, I actually want to spend all my time with him 3) I don't 'waste my benefits buying my baby jewellery' I go to university getting a degree that will one day mean I could end up your boss! 4) There was no weather warning when I left. So in future rather than make snap judgements on other people and there lives maybe you should think about what they might be going through. I'd like to see you manage work, uni and raising a baby single handedly and then maybe you will realise this was one of the days which I could go.
Hi, I'm the lady who took my baby with me when shopping and I'm making this one comment to clear things up to those narrow minded people. 1) I went shopping to buy my baby a new coat that I put by at work to prepare for the upcoming weather 2) Surely it's better to take my baby with me than to pawn him off on anyone else like some other people I know, I actually want to spend all my time with him 3) I don't 'waste my benefits buying my baby jewellery' I go to university getting a degree that will one day mean I could end up your boss! 4) There was no weather warning when I left. So in future rather than make snap judgements on other people and there lives maybe you should think about what they might be going through. I'd like to see you manage work, uni and raising a baby single handedly and then maybe you will realise this was one of the days which I could go. Amandalw
  • Score: 9

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