M25 Dartford Crossing closed as protesters climb bridgeon October 17, 2022 at 10:07 am

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There is queuing traffic on the M25 in both directions after police closed the bridge.

QEII Bridge at DartfordImage source, Construction Photography/Avalon

Police have closed a major road linking Essex and Kent after two people climbed up the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.

Officers said they received a report at 03:50 BST that the pair had climbed up the bridge.

Essex Police said: “It does mean that we have had to close the bridge to traffic, but a diversion is going to be put in place through the tunnel.

“This is likely to cause delays throughout this morning.”

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The force said the incident “may take some time to resolve due to the complexities of safely getting people down from height”.

National Highways East wrote on Twitter that there were “60 minute delays with three miles of congestion on the approach”.

The 1.7m-long (2.8km) bridge takes traffic southbound on the A282, which connects the M25 London Orbital Motorway in Essex and Kent.

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