Easter travel chaos after accident on M25 sparks seven mile queues and Dartford crossing shut due to 'incident'

DRIVERS are stuck in seven mile tailbacks after a crash on the M25 and police "incident" on the Dartford Crossing sparked Easter travel chaos.

Families hoping to get away to enjoy the scorching weather have been met with long queues.

Traffic is at a standstill on the M25 between J31 A1306 and J1A A206 after the Dartford Crossing was closed.

Essex Police are now urging people to avoid the area after being called to the QE2 Bridge today.

Motorists are also being diverted away from the crossing although it is due to reopen shortly.

A statement said: "We are currently on the scene of an incident on the #Dartford River Crossing.

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"We were called to concerns for the welfare of a woman in the area shortly after 10am this morning, Saturday 16 April.

"The crossing has been closed whist the incident is being dealt with. National Highways will be facilitating a diversion through one of the tunnels.

"We will provide an update on the situation as soon as we practically can."

Drivers have also been met with seven-mile tailbacks on the M25 after a crash in Reigate, Surrey, this morning.

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Traffic information site Inrix reports some motorists have been stuck for around 30 minutes while the accident is dealt with.

More than 22.48 million journeys will take place over the Easter weekend as Brits scramble to enjoy the glorious weather.

But Brits have been hit by delays on land, sea and air as the four-day weekend unfolded.

Staff shortages have brought chaos to airports amid soaring demand for Easter getaways, with airlines cancelling hundreds of flights.

A total of 1,236 flights in the UK were cancelled by airlines between March 28 and April 12, according to data company Cirium – a 428 per cent increase on the same period in 2019.

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Holidaymakers were even advised to arrive at airports a day early to drop off their luggage in a bid to dodge queues.

The P&O Ferries crisis has also caused delays with Dover-Calais sailings suspended.

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