QE2 Bridge at Dartford Crossing reopens after closure

  • 12 February 2014
  • From the section England
The QE2 Thames bridge Dartford River Crossing
Image caption The Highways Agency shut the bridge for safety reasons

The QE2 Bridge at the Dartford Crossing has reopened after being closed due to wind speeds of more than 60mph.

The Highways Agency shut the bridge for safety reasons and warned drivers to expect delays.

The A249 Sheppey Crossing was also closed at about 14:30 GMT but reopened at about 18:00, the agency said.

Meanwhile, a landslip at Oxted in Surrey has shut the line between Oxted and Woldingham. A 50mph restriction is in place on routes in Kent.

A Southern Trains spokesman said an amended service would be in place on the East Grinstead and Uckfield lines south of Woldingham due to the landslip.

Rail replacement buses are also in place.

Southeastern said Network Rail had put a 50mph speed restriction on all mainline routes south of Swanley and Sevenoaks due to severe weather and the risk of further landslips and flooding, meaning that trains are running at half the normal speed.

Commuters have been urged to allow extra time for their journeys and warned that some services might be cancelled at short notice.

In West Sussex, a lightning strike at Angmering caused signalling problems, which affected services.

Sections of many roads were closed due to flooding, with the depth of water causing a lane of the M25 in Surrey to close.

P&O Ferries said passengers could experience delays of up to two hours. The firm said it hoped to resume a normal schedule on Thursday morning.

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