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- Strong gusts of wind blight Thurrock through the morning
- Some c2c trains have now started running again - but they will not go via Purfleet or Rainham until Wednesday morning at the earliest
- A serious crash between two lorries at the exit to the Dartford Tunnel is causing long delays anti-clockwise, just hours after the QEII Bridge reopened. Clockwise congestion has now eased.
- Tilbury/Gravesend ferry suspended, Ensignbus is now reporting a good service all of its routes, except the X80 which will resume at midday.
c2c are running a very limited service between Barking and Shoeburyness via Basildon.
Network Rail are still on the track at Ockendon clearing trees. The firm hopes to hacve a Grays to Pitsea via Tilbury service in operation soon.
Services to Ockendon and Chafford Hundred are not expected to resume until later tonight.
A timetable on tomorrow's services (Tuesday) is unlikely to be available until later on this evening.
A CRASH just after the exit to the tunnels is compounding motorists misery.
The serious accident, involving two lorries, has closed the main carriageway and is causing queues back to J3 of the anti-clockwise streth of the M25.
The lorries are currently being recovered.
The QEII Bridge opened just a few hours ago after it had been closed in the very early hours of the morning due to strong winds.
View our traffic cameras here: http://www.thurrockgazette.co.uk/li/traffic.detail.6784465/?ref=ltp
c2c has announced there will be no trains between Grays and Fenchurch Street via Rainham today or tomorrow.
A replacement bus service will be in operation. But trains will be running between Grays and Fenchurch Street via Ockendon from approximately 1pm today.
Damage to the c2c line at Purfleet, which the firm say will "take some time to repair".
c2c expect some trains to begin running on most lines at around 1pm. But there will be no service no Purfleet, Rainham or Dagenham Dock until Wednesday morning at the earliest.
The firm are reporting "extensive damage" to overhead lines in the Purfleet area. They are working with Network Rail to restore power and currently have a train going along the line between Barking and Shoebury.
The QEII Bridge has now reopened
Traffic woes in West Thurrock should now begin to ease as Highways Agency announce the QEII bridge has now reopened.
The Highways Agency has reported that it hopes to have the QEII Bridge re-opened "soon"
The latest from Ensignbus:
More on the power outages affecting Tilbury, Grays and Stanford-le-Hope...
UK Power Networks say they were prepared for the stormy weather. They add their priority now is to restore power as quickly as possible.
A statement on their website says: "Before this weather, we were monitoring the weather closely and were in close contact with the Met Office. We arranged additional staff, covering engineer, technical and call centre roles. We cancelled all planned work to ensure all our engineers are focussed on fixing the faults that this wind has caused."
Power outages latest
Thurrock Council are reporting that power outages are affecting around 240 customers in Tilbury. UK Power Networks are working to restore power to that area.
There are still severe delays on the clockwise approach to the Dartford Crossing. A diversion through the tunnels is still in operation, owing to the closure of the QEII Bridge.
The impact is still being felt on the rest of the West Thurrock road network, particularly on the A13 westbound. There are still queues back to the Manorway junction for Stanford-le-Hope.
c2c are reporting a number of problems on the Fenchurch Street to Southend/Shoeburyness line which will need fixing this morning.
Among them are overhead wires down at Purfleet station.
c2c maintain that no trains will be running until 12pm at the earliest.
UK Power Networks are reporting that Stanford-le-Hope, Grays and Tilbury are among the worst hit areas in South Essex for power lines being down.
Thurrock Council have officers and staff out clearing debris on the streets.
They are prioritising blocked roads or pathways and dangerous trees.
Emergency contact numbers
Both Essex Police and Essex Fire Service have set up dedicated weather-related phone call lines:
0800 092 0410
0207 158 0124
(Police advise ALL weather-related calls go through these numbers)
Fallen power cables
Ensignbus route 83 is unable to serve Longhouse Road in Chadwell St Mary due to fallen power cables. Buses being diverted via Claudian Way.
Heavy traffic on the A13
Traffic on the A13 remains heavy west-bound from the M25 junction to Stanford-le-Hope.
A diversion is still in place through the Dartford Crossing tunnels due to the QEII Bridge being closed.
The A128 between Church Road and Conway Road has reopened. The tree blocking the road has been cleared.
At present we are not expecting any services to be able to operate until at least 12.00 today. Please keep checking http://t.co/c2e5EDilKZ— @c2c_Rail 28 October 2013
Lots of reports of debris flying around.
Between Chadwell St Mary, a few small trees are down, blocking the Chadwell St Mary-bound side of the road.
All Ensignbus routes (except the X80) are running but with delays.
@kerrylouisee_xx Everything is running except for route X80. Routes 44, 66 & 88 have delays, everything else ok— @EnsignbusCo 28 October 2013
The Gazette understands the fallen tree on West Road in Ockendon has now been cleared.
The MetOffice has issued an amber warning for wind in Grays, which is due to remain in place until midday.
Blue skies over most of the borough at the moment but more rain forecast between 9am and 12pm. Gusts could reach speeds of 40mph again later.
c2c trains not expected to run before 12pm.
Tree down on West Road, Ockendon
(Picture taken by @Gareth_Hawkins)
c2c say a non-passenger train will check the line at 10am. There will be no further update until then.
-The A128 at Bulphan is closed because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables. Congestion back to the Orsett Cock roundabout.
-There are delays London-bound on the A13 due to congestion at the Dartford Crossing.
West Road in South Ockendon is closed both ways at Tamarisk, due to a fallen tree
Are roads closed near you? Let us know.
RT @ECFRS: Strong winds in Essex until 09:00hrs. Commuters should consider delaying travel until winds have passed. http://t.co/GSugudC9XA— @HelenFBarnett 28 October 2013
RT @thurrockcouncil: Civic Amenity site (the tip) in Buckingham Hill Road, Linford, currently closed due to high winds. #Thurrock— @ThurrockPolly 28 October 2013
Bin collections to continue despite weather
Thurrock Council says bin collections will go ahead as planned today, despite the stormy weather.
The authority has teams responding to reports of fallen trees in Blackshots and Orsett.
Travel chaos at the Dartford Crossing
There are reports of very heavy traffic in West Thurrock on approaches to the Dartford Crossing. The QEII Bridge is closed until further notice due to the risk posed by high winds, causing long delays in the area.
RT @EnsignbusCo: Please note that we are now expecting disruption to most Thurrock routes due to traffic problems being caused by the Dartf…— @cllrpanderson 28 October 2013
c2c trains suspended until further notice
There is currently no service on the c2c train route. All services are suspended. Trains were out on the route earlier this morning checking for damage caused overnight, but they have been suspended due to damage caused to overhead lines.
Last night, the rail operator said it had suspended trains until 9am today. It has confirmed this morning that trains will not be running until further notice.
Good morning and welcome to the Thurrock Gazette's live coverage as a storm bringing strong winds and rain begins to hit South Essex.
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