Dartford Bridge closes as weather front hits

Thurrock Gazette: Dartford Bridge to close as rains come Dartford Bridge to close as rains come

THE Dartford Bridge has closed until 4am tomorrow morning as rain and wind sweeps Essex.

The bridge shut at midday today with vehicles diverted through the east bore tunnel due to the heavy rain and high winds, which could reach 80mph.

Queues are currently backing up to J29 with delays of 30 minutes.

The worst of the weather is expected tomorrow morning before 7am with many Christmas travellers likely to be delayed on roads, with train services also affected.

Delays on the M25 have been added to by queues around Lakeside as shoppers look to grab a last minute bargain.

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1:37pm Mon 23 Dec 13

depotman says...

and I bet they will still charge the toll even though it will back up for miles
and I bet they will still charge the toll even though it will back up for miles depotman

2:37pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Oh no. Inclement weather in winter. Whatever next?
Oh no. Inclement weather in winter. Whatever next? Howard Cháse

3:57pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Who in their right mind ventures out to Lakeside at this late stage - let alone in this vile weather.

Honestly, there's all year to complete your Christmas shopping... why do these lemmings all have to fling themselves into an orgy of retail frenzy with hours to go...

With so many alternative ways of shopping these days who needs a trip to a hellhole full of frustration, hassle and screaming kids.

And why they want to sit nose to tail on the A13 and M25 defeats me. What is wrong with these people?

And God forbid, the shops will be shut on Christmas day... so out will come the last minute panic buyers tomorrow, stocking up to the gunnels with food fit for an army.

I really REALLY don't get this obsession at all.
Who in their right mind ventures out to Lakeside at this late stage - let alone in this vile weather. Honestly, there's all year to complete your Christmas shopping... why do these lemmings all have to fling themselves into an orgy of retail frenzy with hours to go... With so many alternative ways of shopping these days who needs a trip to a hellhole full of frustration, hassle and screaming kids. And why they want to sit nose to tail on the A13 and M25 defeats me. What is wrong with these people? And God forbid, the shops will be shut on Christmas day... so out will come the last minute panic buyers tomorrow, stocking up to the gunnels with food fit for an army. I really REALLY don't get this obsession at all. Kim Gandy

6:01pm Mon 23 Dec 13

lucy10 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Who in their right mind ventures out to Lakeside at this late stage - let alone in this vile weather.

Honestly, there's all year to complete your Christmas shopping... why do these lemmings all have to fling themselves into an orgy of retail frenzy with hours to go...

With so many alternative ways of shopping these days who needs a trip to a hellhole full of frustration, hassle and screaming kids.

And why they want to sit nose to tail on the A13 and M25 defeats me. What is wrong with these people?

And God forbid, the shops will be shut on Christmas day... so out will come the last minute panic buyers tomorrow, stocking up to the gunnels with food fit for an army.

I really REALLY don't get this obsession at all.
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[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Who in their right mind ventures out to Lakeside at this late stage - let alone in this vile weather. Honestly, there's all year to complete your Christmas shopping... why do these lemmings all have to fling themselves into an orgy of retail frenzy with hours to go... With so many alternative ways of shopping these days who needs a trip to a hellhole full of frustration, hassle and screaming kids. And why they want to sit nose to tail on the A13 and M25 defeats me. What is wrong with these people? And God forbid, the shops will be shut on Christmas day... so out will come the last minute panic buyers tomorrow, stocking up to the gunnels with food fit for an army. I really REALLY don't get this obsession at all.[/p][/quote]//////////////?????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ?????????????/////// //////////////////// //////////////////// /////////////////// lucy10

6:15pm Mon 23 Dec 13

cynic all says...

Of course there was no room at the Inn when Joseph and Mary arrived .What did they expect its was Christmas.
Of course there was no room at the Inn when Joseph and Mary arrived .What did they expect its was Christmas. cynic all

5:57am Tue 24 Dec 13

MHWoods says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Oh no. Inclement weather in winter. Whatever next?
The deepest low pressure system recorded and what looks like something very similar to come on Friday, that's what.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Oh no. Inclement weather in winter. Whatever next?[/p][/quote]The deepest low pressure system recorded and what looks like something very similar to come on Friday, that's what. MHWoods

9:38am Tue 24 Dec 13

Nelly99 says...

You can see the logic of closing the bridge during high winds but with talk of another crossing I wonder why another tunnel isn't possible? If Crossrail can bore right through central London then why not another crossing further down towards the most congested area in the south east. (Southend.) It really bugs me when you look on Ebay and it says that Kent is 20 miles from Southend! Really? Try doing it....more like 70. Much better than wasting billions on stupid Boris Island.
You can see the logic of closing the bridge during high winds but with talk of another crossing I wonder why another tunnel isn't possible? If Crossrail can bore right through central London then why not another crossing further down towards the most congested area in the south east. (Southend.) It really bugs me when you look on Ebay and it says that Kent is 20 miles from Southend! Really? Try doing it....more like 70. Much better than wasting billions on stupid Boris Island. Nelly99

11:23am Tue 24 Dec 13

purpleflower says...

I came back from Gatwick airport took me 4 and half hours to travel 6 miles. Once through the tunnel it was clear as anything up the m25, but slight traffic on the round about heading on to the A13. From the A13 to the tunnel was bad even at 8pm. Nightmare all round
I came back from Gatwick airport took me 4 and half hours to travel 6 miles. Once through the tunnel it was clear as anything up the m25, but slight traffic on the round about heading on to the A13. From the A13 to the tunnel was bad even at 8pm. Nightmare all round purpleflower

1:30pm Fri 27 Dec 13

mustnt grumble says...

Nelly99 wrote:
You can see the logic of closing the bridge during high winds but with talk of another crossing I wonder why another tunnel isn't possible? If Crossrail can bore right through central London then why not another crossing further down towards the most congested area in the south east. (Southend.) It really bugs me when you look on Ebay and it says that Kent is 20 miles from Southend! Really? Try doing it....more like 70. Much better than wasting billions on stupid Boris Island.
The building of a bridge will probably be a lot cheaper to build, with the same toll charge as a tunnel, so money rules over sense.
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: You can see the logic of closing the bridge during high winds but with talk of another crossing I wonder why another tunnel isn't possible? If Crossrail can bore right through central London then why not another crossing further down towards the most congested area in the south east. (Southend.) It really bugs me when you look on Ebay and it says that Kent is 20 miles from Southend! Really? Try doing it....more like 70. Much better than wasting billions on stupid Boris Island.[/p][/quote]The building of a bridge will probably be a lot cheaper to build, with the same toll charge as a tunnel, so money rules over sense. mustnt grumble

9:53pm Fri 27 Dec 13

csmman says...

toll charges are bad now. closing the bridge for safety reasons is a good thing. going shopping when you want is a good thing, not everyone goes shopping all year for christmas, they work, and priorities are different, you cant handle it then sit at home ...fact
toll charges are bad now. closing the bridge for safety reasons is a good thing. going shopping when you want is a good thing, not everyone goes shopping all year for christmas, they work, and priorities are different, you cant handle it then sit at home ...fact csmman

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