A2 closure: junctions shut after serious crash as air ambulance set to land

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A road is closed after a serious accident between a car and a truck.

The A2 is closed in both directions this morning, National Highways said.

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Motorists are warned of the expected impairments.

Here’s everything you need to know:

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where are the closures

The A2 is currently closed in both directions between the A227 and the M2 junction.

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Emergency services include paramedics and an air ambulance who are on site.

What did National Highways say?

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National Highways – South East tweeted: “#A2 is closed in both directions between #A227 near #Cobham #Gravesend and #M2 J1 / #A289 near #Rochester due to a collision between a car and a truck.

“Kent Police and an Air Ambulance are present.

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“Damage to the barrier has also been reported. Updates will follow shortly.”

The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance just posted its busiest June on record.

Did the Kent Police say anything?

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Kent Police have released a statement on social media about the collision.

The force’s official account tweeted: “Our officers and paramedics are currently at the scene of a serious collision between a lorry and a car on the London-bound A2 near Gravesend.

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“Both lanes are currently closed and motorists may wish to consider alternative routes to avoid congestion.”

Kent County Council Highways added: “Cobham, A2 Watling Street: Both carriageways are currently closed between Cobham and Gravesend following an RTC on the Londonbound carriageway.

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“The ambulance is here.

“Expect long delays and use an alternative route if possible.”

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Is there a detour route?

National Highways – South East’s tweet about the A2 incident says ‘diversion routes in operation’.

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However, the official diversion route has yet to be announced.

How bad is the traffic?

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Motorists must expect “serious” delays after the accident on the A2.

AA Traffic Map warns: “Significant delays of 14 minutes on the A2 eastbound between the A227 Wrotham Road (Gravesend / Tollgate Services) and Valley Drive (Henhurst / Cobham Services). Average speed five miles an hour.”

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It also reads: “Significant delays of 12 minutes on the A2 Westbound in Kent. Average speed five miles an hour.”

How long is A2 and where is it going?

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The A2 is a major road in south-east England, connecting London to the Channel port of Dover in Kent.

This route has always been important as a link between London and the maritime trade routes to continental Europe. It was originally known as Dover Road.

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The M2 motorway has replaced part of the A2 as a strategic route.

It is 79 miles long and follows a route similar to a Celtic ancient path.

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The current road was given the name A2 during the British road numbering scheme in the 1920s.

The Dartford Crossing opened as a single tunnel in 1963, a second tunnel was opened in 1980 to accommodate additional traffic on the A2, and the M2 motorway opened in stages between 1963 and 1965, providing an alternative faster route for long-distance traffic to avoid the A2 through Rochester and Chatham.

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