M25 Dartford Crossing drivers heading into Essex face over hour long delays

Drivers looking to get into Essex via the Dartford Crossing will have to contend with lengthy delays exceeding an hour after a spillage. At around 7:30 am this morning (April 14) a broken down lorry began leaking its load onto the carriageway, causing the closure of two lanes of the M25 and the east tunnel.

At approximately 8:30 am, traffic monitoring service Inrix said: “Two lanes closed, long delays and queuing traffic for four miles due to broken down lorry and spillage on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a A206 (Dartford) and J31 A1306 (Lakeside / Purfleet ). Congestion to J3 M20 (Swanley Interchange), and back down the A2 Fast Link. Travel time is 40 minutes. “

Currently all traffic is now being diverted through the west tunnel as the situation is resolved. However, due to leaking from the lorry, response times to clear the incident have been continuously delayed, and drivers are contending with over 6 miles of traffic.

Read more: Live traffic and travel across Essex for April 14

Delays in journey times have now risen to one hour while the situation remains to be cleared. Images have shown very lengthy queues of traffic in the area, with massive congestion stretching as far as the eye can see.



Heavy traffic has formed in the area

Current estimates see the incident being cleared between 12:00 and 12:15, though this is subject to change. Kent Police have been contacted for a statement regarding the incident.

Live updates to the ongoing situation can be found on the KentLive blog here .

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