Dartford roads in chaos as M25 closure delays motorists for hours

The M25 was closed just metres from the Dartford Tunnel.

The M25 was closed just metres from the Dartford Tunnel.

First published in Dartford & Swanley news by

IT WAS a rush hour drive home from hell for motorists using the Dartford Crossing to travel into Essex last night (December 17).

A serious crash involving two lorries just metres outside the Dartford Tunnel in Essex resulted in a large spillage of diesel and engine oil shortly after 2pm.

As a result, all three lanes of the carriageway were closed for nearly 12 hours and motorists were diverted off the motorway at junction 30 along a narrow slip road.

The Dartford Tunnels were periodically closed to prevent vehicles queuing inside and traffic was stationary beyond junction four at Orpington well into the evening.

Overnight, Highways Agency traffic officers and contractors set about resurfacing 200 square metres of damaged road in time for the morning rush hour today (December 18).

Although there were fears late last night the road may not be re-surfaced in time for this morning, all work was completed by 2:30am and the road was re-opened shortly afterwards.

Local roads surrounding Horton Kirby, Darenth, Green Street Green and Bean suffered hugely as a result of the delays, with many crawling for several hours after the usual rush hour period had passed.

Single-carriageway Shellbank Lane, which runs between Green Street Green and Bean High Street, was among those gridlocked by traffic trying to avoid queues on the main road.

The A2 was also congested in both directions close to the Darenth Interchange as well as further westbound towards Dartford Heath, as drivers chose to avoid the queues and try their luck at the Blackwall Tunnel – which was also heavily congested as a result.

As the evening went on, the Highways Agency recommended traffic travelling anti-clockwise into East Anglia should head clockwise around the motorway instead.

This meant motorists driving from Dartford to Thurrock faced a 124-mile diversion, rather than their usual five-mile drive through the tunnels.

Firefighters from two stations in Essex spent more than three hours at the scene of the accident, using four sets of cutting equipment to free a man in his 20s who was trapped inside one of the lorries.

It was not until 5:15pm that they managed to cut the man, who comes from Canvey Island, free.

He was airlifted to Queen's Hospital in Romford where he is today (December 18) in a stable condition.

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11:18am Tue 18 Dec 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Imagine being stuck in a traffic jam on the QE2 bridge with Dartford as the view.

It hardly bears thinking about.
Imagine being stuck in a traffic jam on the QE2 bridge with Dartford as the view. It hardly bears thinking about. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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12:28pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Dartbored says...

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott wrote:
Imagine being stuck in a traffic jam on the QE2 bridge with Dartford as the view.

It hardly bears thinking about.
Oh I don't know, it could be even worse - I could be stuck in a traffic jam on the QE2 bridge with Dartford as the view AND have the mis-fortune of having you sat next to me in the passenger seat.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott[/bold] wrote: Imagine being stuck in a traffic jam on the QE2 bridge with Dartford as the view. It hardly bears thinking about.[/p][/quote]Oh I don't know, it could be even worse - I could be stuck in a traffic jam on the QE2 bridge with Dartford as the view AND have the mis-fortune of having you sat next to me in the passenger seat. Dartbored
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12:32pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Dartbored wrote:
Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott wrote:
Imagine being stuck in a traffic jam on the QE2 bridge with Dartford as the view.

It hardly bears thinking about.
Oh I don't know, it could be even worse - I could be stuck in a traffic jam on the QE2 bridge with Dartford as the view AND have the mis-fortune of having you sat next to me in the passenger seat.
That wouldn't happen because I would never accept a lift from you in the first place, so your little tantrum has been a waste of time. Hasn't it?
[quote][p][bold]Dartbored[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott[/bold] wrote: Imagine being stuck in a traffic jam on the QE2 bridge with Dartford as the view. It hardly bears thinking about.[/p][/quote]Oh I don't know, it could be even worse - I could be stuck in a traffic jam on the QE2 bridge with Dartford as the view AND have the mis-fortune of having you sat next to me in the passenger seat.[/p][/quote]That wouldn't happen because I would never accept a lift from you in the first place, so your little tantrum has been a waste of time. Hasn't it? Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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3:45pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Gypo.Joe says...

Shut him up Darbored, dream on. Many have tried. Lord Piggott is the Lenny McLean of Shopper land, "THE GUVNOR."

PS, and don't you forget it it OK
Shut him up Darbored, dream on. Many have tried. Lord Piggott is the Lenny McLean of Shopper land, "THE GUVNOR." PS, and don't you forget it it OK Gypo.Joe
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5:04pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Dartbored says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Shut him up Darbored, dream on. Many have tried. Lord Piggott is the Lenny McLean of Shopper land, "THE GUVNOR."

PS, and don't you forget it it OK
Thing is Joe, Piggy and I have got "previous".

Long before you joined the NS party, Lord Erastus and I had many a tête à tête on this very site.

I’m not going to drag up that history now, but be assured that I managed to shut him up on many an occasion.

He is a spiteful, insecure, internet troll who revels in bullying people on this site. If that makes him the “Guvnor” and you wish to respect him for those qualities, then please feel free.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Shut him up Darbored, dream on. Many have tried. Lord Piggott is the Lenny McLean of Shopper land, "THE GUVNOR." PS, and don't you forget it it OK[/p][/quote]Thing is Joe, Piggy and I have got "previous". Long before you joined the NS party, Lord Erastus and I had many a tête à tête on this very site. I’m not going to drag up that history now, but be assured that I managed to shut him up on many an occasion. He is a spiteful, insecure, internet troll who revels in bullying people on this site. If that makes him the “Guvnor” and you wish to respect him for those qualities, then please feel free. Dartbored
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5:24pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Gypo.Joe says...

I really have never seen him bully anyone at all. Most people are rude to him and then he gives it back. All he said in this story is that he wouldn't want to look at Darford from the bridge.....who would. I wouldn't want to look at Tilbury either.
When you think about that whole corridor from Berm on Sea to Gravesend ( and over the 'other side too ) it aint picturesque now is it.
I really have never seen him bully anyone at all. Most people are rude to him and then he gives it back. All he said in this story is that he wouldn't want to look at Darford from the bridge.....who would. I wouldn't want to look at Tilbury either. When you think about that whole corridor from Berm on Sea to Gravesend ( and over the 'other side too ) it aint picturesque now is it. Gypo.Joe
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9:06am Thu 20 Dec 12

Tip-Top says...

Can anyone confirm if you can actually see Dartford from the top of the QE2 bridge?
Can anyone confirm if you can actually see Dartford from the top of the QE2 bridge? Tip-Top
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