THE Dartford Crossing has been lit up in red, white, and blue to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The display, which is made up of more than 320 bulbs, was switched on at dusk on May 31.

The lights will remain on the bridge until sunrise on June 6.

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Three LED units will light up the monument on the Essex side and three more will light up the existing control room on the Kent side.

Nicola Bell, National Highways Operations Director, said: “As the nation gears up for a Jubilee weekend like no other, the Queen Elizabeth II bridge can now play a starring role in the region’s celebrations.

“The week will start off by being bathed in the national colours for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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“I’d like to thank the commitment and generosity of all our partners, including Connect Plus and Port of London Authority for making this happen.

“I’m sure the lighting up of this iconic landmark, will prove to be a lasting legacy, remembered for decades to come.”

The bridge was opened by the Queen in October 1991.

It was the first to be built at an entirely new location along the river Thames for more than 50 years.

For a short time it was also the longest single span bridge in Europe measuring more than 2,872 metres long.

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