THE Blackwall Tunnel is expected to be closed until tomorrow (February 27) because of a diesel spillage.

Drivers are advised to use the Dartford Crossing or the Woolwich ferry as an alternative after the incident shut the southern approach road at around 11.30pm yesterday (February 25).

Contractors need to resurface a 2.5km stretch of road because the spillage has damaged the surface.

Transport for London (TfL) hopes it will be able to fully reopen the tunnel by 5am tomorrow.

Traffic is reportedly stationary between the A207 Shooters Hill Road (Sun in the Sands roundabout) and Ordnance Crescent (Blackwall Tunnel).

There is congestion on the A2018 Old Bexley Lane to A2 (Dartford Heath).

The southbound tunnel is open as normal.

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