Press release

Maintenance to start on M25 junctions 30 to 31 West Thurrock in Essex

An eleven day maintenance scheme on the M25 between junctions 30 and 31 in West Thurrock in Essex and on the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge will begin on Tuesday 26 August.


The improvement work will maintain safe and reliable journeys for road users. It will require the clockwise M25 to be closed, overnight weekdays only, between junctions 30 and 31 from Tuesday 26 August. Clearly signed diversions will be in place. There will also be overnight lane closures on the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge during this time with a full bridge closure, overnight from 8.30pm to 10 am, on Saturday 30 August.

The work on two separate projects has been combined to ensure minimal disruption for road users. It will involve installing new, more robust joints, which will lessen the need for future maintenance work. These joints allow structures to adapt to changes in weather.

The work is being carried out as part of the Government’s commitment to maintaining infrastructure.

Tommy Whittingham, Highways Agency Asset Manager said:

By replacing the joints with new more robust versions, further maintenance work, and any disruption, is reduced, and synchronizing these two repairs means there should be minimal disruption to road users in the area. The repairs will ensure that journeys remain safe and reliable for the thousands of road users.

The clockwise M25 will be diverted via junction 30, on the link road to junction 31and then onto the M25 clockwise at junction 31. Road users wishing to use the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge overnight on Saturday 30 August will be diverted via the Eastern Bore of the Dartford Tunnel.

Road users who are planning to use the M25 at West Thurrock are advised to plan ahead and leave extra time for their journeys. Live traffic information is available on the Highways Agency’s website and mobile app, and drivers can also listen to traffic bulletins on local radio for updates.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 21 August 2014