Queen Elizabeth II bridge illuminated for Platinum Jubilee


06 Jun 2022

Queen Elizabeth II bridge illuminated

The Queen Elizabeth II bridge at Dartford was given a royal makeover in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The bridge, which has played a crucial role for more than 30 years by connecting communities in Essex and Kent, was lit up in a sequence of red, white and blue shifting colours and different intensities over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Nicola Bell, National Highways Operations Director, said: “I’d like to thank the commitment and generosity of all our partners, including Connect Plus and Port of London Authority in making this happen. I’m sure the lighting up of this iconic landmark, will prove to be a lasting legacy, remembered for decades to come.”

Queen Elizabeth II bridge monument which was unveiled by the Queen in October 1991
Queen Elizabeth II bridge monument which was unveiled by the Queen in October 1991.

Officially opened by Her Majesty in October 1991, the QE2 bridge was the first to be built at an entirely new location along the river Thames for more than 50 years. For a short time, it was also the longest single span bridge in Europe, measuring over 2,872 metres long.

It took three years to build and many challenges were faced along the way, such as co-ordinating the work around changing water levels and the river traffic of a busy tidal waterway.

David Neal, Managing Director of Connect Plus Services, said: “Recently celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing named ‘Queen Elizabeth II Bridge’ is a critical asset of the M25 network connecting family, friends and businesses. To make this a reality, we have worked with local business Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), using Colour Kinetics to light the pylons iconic red, white and blue.”