The Queen Elizabeth II bridge at Dartford, is being lit up in a sequence of red white and blue shifting colours and different intensities of light for a total of six nights over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The lights were switched on at dusk on Tuesday 31st May and will remain so until sunrise on Monday 6thJune.
These will include eight lamp units, two per tower. At over 40 bulbs per unit that’s over 320 bulbs altogether. Three LED units will light up the monument on the Essex side and three more will light up the existing control room on the Kent side which manages traffic through the tunnels and over the bridge.
Nicola Bell, National Highways Operations Director, said: “As the nation gears up for a Jubilee weekend like no other, the Queen Elizabeth II bridge can now play a starring role in the region’s celebrations, starting off this week by being bathed in the national colours for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“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.”
Built at a cost of £120m and 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 nearly 1.8 miles, or 2,872 metres.
(Picture – National Highways)