Dartford Crossing to close for electrical repairs and safety checks as drivers urged to 'plan ahead'

The Dartford Crossing will be affected by maintenance works throughout June
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Parts of the Dartford Crossing will close for urgent maintenance works throughout June, with motorists advised to 'plan ahead'. The Dartford East Tunnel will be undergoing repairs to vital electrical equipment, which will need the tunnel to be closed for a series of closures.

According to KentLive, closures of the A282 northbound are also planned throughout the month to allow for the repainting of steelwork on a bridge near the A282 Junction 1a to protect it from corrosion. Works will start from Monday, June 3, and will be completed in multiple phases.

A spokesperson for National Highways said: “This work forms part of an extensive maintenance programme to keep journeys at the Dartford Crossing safe and reliable.”

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At the end of June, a full closure of the QEII Bridge is set to take place between Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. The bridge will close completely from 10pm to 5am the next day for routine safety checks.

Diversion

A clearly-signed diversion for northbound traffic will be in place via the A2 eastbound, B255 northbound and the A206 westbound, returning to A282 junction 1a where access to the west tunnel will be available via the northbound entry slip road.

Overnight weekend closures are also scheduled for maintenance on both northbound tunnels at the A282 Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing. These will be closed from 8.30pm Saturday, June 8 to 5am Sunday, June 9.

Weeknight closures of the Dartford East Tunnel will then continue to take place for one additional week. This will be from Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28:

  • Between 9pm and 5.30am Mondays to Thursday

  • Between 9.30pm and 6am on Friday

During these works, the adjacent Dartford west tunnel will remain open overnight for vehicles less than 4.8m (15’-9”) high, while vehicles between 4.8m (15’-9”) and 5.0m (16’-6”) high will be diverted via the M25 clockwise. National Highways has advised: “Drivers should allow extra time during their journeys and follow the traffic management and diversion route in place.”

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