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Dartford Tunnel partially closed

PUBLISHED: 11:01 03 November 2018

The incident affects the larger of the  two tunnels leading into Essex. Photo: Highways Agency

The incident affects the larger of the two tunnels leading into Essex. Photo: Highways Agency

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Drivers are being advised to leave plenty of extra time or plan an alternative route if they are planning to use the Dartford Crossing to travel from Kent to Essex today, Saturday, November 3.

Maintenance crews working in the east bore of the tunnel overnight identified some exposed metal work which may pose a hazard to drivers’ safety if left unchecked. The tunnel is being kept closed as a precaution while it is investigated and resolved.

It is not known yet what time the tunnel will reopen, though it is unlikely that it will be before this evening.

Highways England teams are working hard to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

The A282 Dartford Crossing links Essex and Kent east of London and the easternmost sections of the M25.

Two tunnels take traffic northbound, while the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge carries traffic southbound. The incident affects the larger of the two tunnels, so vehicles more than 4.8 metres tall heading north at Dartford are being advised to travel clockwise round the M25 to reach their destination. The crossing remains open to all other vehicles, though drivers should expect that delays may grow through the day.

Drivers should check traffic conditions before setting out and leave extra time to reach their destination if needed.

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