Dartford Crossing: M25 traffic chaos as idiots climb bridge & say they’ll be up there for a DAY with warnings of delays

Dartford Crossing: M25 traffic chaos as idiots climb bridge & say they’ll be up there for a DAY with warnings of delays

NUISANCE protesters have forced police to close the Dartford Crossing this morning after two idiots scaled the bridge.

The chaos has sparked traffic carnage with delays of up to an hour and four miles of tailbacks clockwise from The QEII Bridge on the M25.

The Dartford Crossing has been forced to shut this morning after two protesters were seen scaling the bridge
The Dartford Crossing has been forced to shut this morning after two protesters were seen scaling the bridgeCredit: LNP
The chaos has sparked delays of up to an hour with traffic snaking back four four miles clockwise from The QEII Bridge on the M25
The chaos has sparked delays of up to an hour with traffic snaking back four four miles clockwise from The QEII Bridge on the M25Credit: LNP

Essex Police said they received a report shortly before 3.50am on Monday morning that “two people had climbed onto the bridge and are currently at height”.

The force added: “The bridge has been closed while we resolve the incident which we will do as quickly and as safely for all involved.

“It does mean that we have had to close the bridge to traffic.”

Environmental campaigners Just Stop Oil – who have carried out multiple protests in recent weeks – claimed responsibility for the madness.

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Terrifying video from the scene shows two figures clinging to suspension wires hundreds of feet up on the bridge.

Dozens of emergency service vehicles can be seen below the daft activists who are at a chilling 84 metres high.

In a statement this morning the group vowed to cling on for “24-hours”.

A bonkers selfie from one of the protesters, a teacher from London called ‘Marcus’, shows the pair high above the M25.

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Just Stop Oil said he is up there with bridge designer Morgan Trowland, also from London.

The group said the two nuts got up there by climbing masts on the North side of the bridge.

A source told The Sun on Monday that Essex Police have despatched a “specialist team” to safely remove the protesters.

One furious commuter tweeted: “Dartford crossing closed, Blackwall Tunnel closed, spent a hour trying to get in, turned around and binned it, South East drivers stay in your bed.”

Another hammered: “Absolute joke mate. I don’t know what they are trying to achieve by doing this.”

National Highways confirmed traffic on the southbound A282 carriageway has also been closed as a result of the police incident.

Southbound traffic is being diverted via the East Bore Tunnel, they added.

Police warned the incident may take some time to resolve due to the complexities of safely getting people down from height.

And they said commuters should consider taking other routes.

The A282 Dartford Crossing is currently the only way to cross the Thames east of London by road.

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The 2.8km-long (1.7 mile) QEII bridge southbound, and two 1.4km-long (0.8 mile) tunnels northbound link Essex and Kent.

The A282 also connects directly at both ends with the M25 London Orbital Motorway, one of the busiest motorways in Europe.

A bonkers selfie from one of the protesters, a teacher from London called 'Marcus', shows the pair high above the M25
A bonkers selfie from one of the protesters, a teacher from London called ‘Marcus’, shows the pair high above the M25Credit: Twitter/@JustStop_Oil
The group said the two nuts got up there by climbing masts on the North side of the bridge
The group said the two nuts got up there by climbing masts on the North side of the bridgeCredit: LNP
Protesters used ropes to haul themselves along the massive suspension wires
Protesters used ropes to haul themselves along the massive suspension wiresCredit: LNP

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Tom Hussey

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