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A2 Jubilee Way between A258 and A20 for Dover still closed after lorry fire

There are long delays as a busy dual carriageway remains closed this afternoon after a lorry fire.

The A2 Jubilee Way is shut in both directions between the A258 and the A20 for Dover.

Jubilee Way has been closed following a lorry fire. Picture: Chris Davey
Jubilee Way has been closed following a lorry fire. Picture: Chris Davey

It was expected to remain closed throughout the morning for specialist recovery work.

But the route still remains shut this afternoon and National Highways is unable to confirm when it will reopen.

An update shortly after 2pm said: “National Highways and Kent Fire and Rescue Service are working together to recover the lorry from lane one of the northbound carriageway as safely and as quickly as possible.

“Drivers are being advised this is still likely to take several hours as once the lorry has been removed, the carriageway will need to be inspected for fire and oil damage and may need to be resurfaced before the road can be re-opened.”

A total of four fire engines were sent to the scene on Jubilee Way yesterday afternoon, towards the Duke of York’s roundabout.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus used compressed air foam to extinguish the fire.

National Highways is advising drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time today due to the earlier lorry fire and fuel spill.

A spokesman said earlier this morning: “National Highways have resources in attendance to assist with traffic management.”

“Traffic is being diverted via local roads by emergency services at the scene.

“Delays are likely on approach to the closure and diversion routes.

“Please note that, due to the need for specialist vehicle recovery, this closure is expected to remain in place throughout this morning.”

Traffic information provider Inrix has warned of long delays in the area.

“Congestion to Dover Port from the TAP is currently heavier than expected due to the road closure,” it says.

The road has been shut since yesterday afternoon after a serious lorry fire.

Traffic heading to the Port of Dover has been encouraged by National Highways to consider using the M20 and A20.

One person was treated for injuries to their hand, and the road was closed while firefighters worked at the scene.

While queues built up on the A2, the road closure also meant that the only remaining route to the docks at the Port of Dover was via the A20.

After around three hours of firefighting, the HGV blaze was extinguished at around 7.40pm.

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