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By Kathryn Langley and Bob Dale

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, from J31 for A1306 to J1A for A206 affecting J29 for A127.

    M25 Essex - Delays on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident involving lorry and three cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  2. We might get some rain overnight...

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    After days of dry weather a risk of rain overnight, but another fine day tomorrow.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: Another bright day tomorrow
  3. Thames Estuary tunnel: Your comments

    You've been having your say on our Facebook page. 

    We want to hear what you think.

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  4. Transport secretary says new tunnel could create 6,000 jobs

    It has just been announced that the new Lower Thames Crossing from Essex to Kent will be a tunnel linking Gravesend and Tilbury.

    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the new route could create 6,000 jobs and boost the economy by £6bn.

    The crossing is expected to carry 4.5m lorries in its first year.

    The planned route will run from the M25 near North Ockendon, cross the A13 at Orsett, before running under the Thames east of Tilbury and Gravesend.

    A new link road will then take traffic to the A2 near Shorne, close to where the route becomes the M2.

  5. Lower Thames Crossing Reaction

    Dan Maclaren

    BBC Live reporter

    Those for and against the preferred route for a new Lower Thames Crossing have been giving their reaction following its announcement by the government.

     It will create a new link between the A2 in Kent and the M25 in Essex in an attempt to reduce the burden on the busy Dartford Crossing. 

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    Video caption: The route for a lower Thames Crossing has been announced
  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J6 for A229 and J7 for A249 Maidstone.

    M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 coastbound between J6, A229 (Chatham) and J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  7. MP 'upset and disappointed' over tunnel announcement

    The Conservative MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock said he was "very disappointed and upset" about the announcement of the new Lower Thames Crossing.

    Stephen Metcalfe

    Stephen Metcalfe said he was "convinced" a strong case had been made to improve the Dartford Crossing before pressing ahead with any new routes.

    He said: "I am pleased the Secretary of State has said he looked closely at our arguments and considered alternatives, but regret he did not fully accept our points and has pushed ahead with what I believe to be a flawed decision. 

    "I still believe option C and route 3 is a mistake in terms of addressing my constituents’ concerns about air quality and congestion and I will not stop making that point until the very last moment."

    Mr Metcalfe added he will now push for an urgent meeting with the transport secretary.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, at J1A for A282 affecting Marsh Street.

    M25 Kent - Delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise at J1a, A282 (Swanscombe). Congestion on A206 Bob Dunn Way to the Marsh Street junction and to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Tunnel was most popular option, government says

    Most of the 47,000 people who responded to a consultation chose the new tunnel as the preferred river crossing option, according to the Department of Transport

    The Dartford Crossing

    The new Lower Thames Crossing will be designed to cut traffic jams at the Dartford Crossing (pictured).

    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said in a statement: "The new Lower Thames Crossing, and other improvements in and around Dartford and Thurrock announced today, will further strengthen our economy while also creating thousands of jobs."

  10. Lower Thames Crossing: Ebbsfleet reaction

    Quote Message: We are pleased the Government is in favour of Option C, the option we have always said is essential to the housing and economic growth of the North Kent area as it will divert significant volumes of national and international traffic, most notably freight vehicles, away from the A2/M25 bottleneck from Paul Spooner Interim Chief Executive, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
    Paul SpoonerInterim Chief Executive, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
  11. How the papers are reporting the Crossing decision

    Printing press

    Kent Online: Transport Secretary Chris Grayling arriving in Dartford as Lower Thames Crossing confirmed for east of Gravesend

    Kent News: Government confirms Option C - a tunnel east of Gravesend - will be route of Lower Thames Crossing

    Kent Live: The location of the new Thames crossing has been announced