DRIVERS are facing 30mph speed limits on the QEII Bridge as strong winds hit the region once again.

Gusts of up to 70mph are expected tonight and the bridge will be closed altogether at 9pm.

Highways Agency is saying the bridge will not reopen until mid-afternoon on Saturday. 

In a statement, the Highways Agency says it will continue to monitor wind speeds closely and will reopen the bridges as soon as it is safe to do so.

Southbound traffic at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing will be diverted to use the east bore of the Dartford Tunnel and northbound traffic to use the west bore. As a consequence, drivers of overheight vehicles (over 15ft 9 / 4.8 metres) are advised that they will be unable to use the east bore, which will be closed in advance of the QEII bridge.

Drivers travelling between the Isle of Sheppey and the mainland are being diverted via the original crossing, the Kingsferry lifting bridge.

Road users are advised to expect delays at both crossings.

The bridge was closed on Wednesday because of the weather, with reports of a 10 mile tailback on the M25.

Drivers are asked to consider travelling earlier or not at all.


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