Traffic bulletin: Queen Elizabeth II bridge and A249 Sheppey Crossing to close tonight in Kent

Published date: 14 February 2014
Type:Press release
Region: South East

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release issued 14 February 2014

Road users are advised that the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing and the A249 Sheppey Crossing will close tonight due to high winds.

The bridges are due to be closed from around 9pm tonight (Friday 14 February) and the closures will remain in place until high winds ease, which is expected to be around mid- afternoon tomorrow (Saturday 15 February).

The Highways Agency 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 Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​t​r​a​f​fic, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone. Local Twitter services are also available at @HAtraffic_seast.

Notes to Editors:

Ref: SE040B-14

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

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- From the web at www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​t​r​a​f​fic.
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- From Twitter – there are eight feeds with live traffic information provided by region. For information on roads in the south east region follow us @HAtraffic_seast or for the full index visit www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​t​w​i​t​ter.

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