Sevenoaks Way closed due to skip yard fire on Sidcup and Orpington border

Skip yard blaze causing traffic problems in Sidcup and Orpington area

Skip yard blaze causing traffic problems in Sidcup and Orpington area

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A LARGE fire at a skip yard on the Sidcup and Orpington border which started on Saturday night (December 3) is causing delays in the area.

Sevenoaks Way is closed both ways between the A224 Cray Road/ A20 (Crittal’s Corner) and Midfield Way.

The road is closed due to the blaze at the site at the end of Cornwall Drive which started at around 8pm on Saturday evening.

Bus routes 51, B14 and R11 are being diverted via Leesons Hill, St Paul’s Cray Road and Perry Street.

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11:25am Mon 5 Dec 11

reasonable75 says...

If the fire started on Saturday night, why are the roads still closed?
If the fire started on Saturday night, why are the roads still closed? reasonable75
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11:52am Mon 5 Dec 11

Wattsy78 says...

It's still burning I believe. There was certainly a lot of smoke from there last night.
It's still burning I believe. There was certainly a lot of smoke from there last night. Wattsy78
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12:42pm Mon 5 Dec 11

Mad One says...

Still burning, there were still 70 Firefighters there at 1900hrs last night, the smoke is still drifting across the A20 now
Still burning, there were still 70 Firefighters there at 1900hrs last night, the smoke is still drifting across the A20 now Mad One
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12:43pm Mon 5 Dec 11

Marty1979 says...

I wonder if there are gas cylinders?
I wonder if there are gas cylinders? Marty1979
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1:22pm Mon 5 Dec 11

Denise G says...

Not helped by the outer lane of the A20 being closed off for non-existent roadworks.....nothin
g to do with the fire at all!! Common sense would be to remove the cones to ease traffic, but no, that'd be too easy! Thanks for making my 30 mile journey last 2 1/4 hours today.....
Not helped by the outer lane of the A20 being closed off for non-existent roadworks.....nothin g to do with the fire at all!! Common sense would be to remove the cones to ease traffic, but no, that'd be too easy! Thanks for making my 30 mile journey last 2 1/4 hours today..... Denise G
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1:35pm Mon 5 Dec 11

MumOfFive says...

Can still see smoke from my window and the fire brigade is still outside Kemnal.
Traffic seems to be getting heavier so im hoping things are easing up a bit
Can still see smoke from my window and the fire brigade is still outside Kemnal. Traffic seems to be getting heavier so im hoping things are easing up a bit MumOfFive
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2:38pm Mon 5 Dec 11

shazza678 says...

This is a rubbish tip. The fire is still alight and the fireman are working round the clock to put it out. I know the traffic is mad as i live very very close to this fire but even a fool like me can see that its going to take days for it to get put out. The road is closed because all the hoses from fire engines are in sevenoaks road pumping water to the fire.
This is a rubbish tip. The fire is still alight and the fireman are working round the clock to put it out. I know the traffic is mad as i live very very close to this fire but even a fool like me can see that its going to take days for it to get put out. The road is closed because all the hoses from fire engines are in sevenoaks road pumping water to the fire. shazza678
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3:04pm Mon 5 Dec 11

shazza678 says...

Denise G wrote:
Not helped by the outer lane of the A20 being closed off for non-existent roadworks.....nothin

g to do with the fire at all!! Common sense would be to remove the cones to ease traffic, but no, that'd be too easy! Thanks for making my 30 mile journey last 2 1/4 hours today.....
its done to 1 lane because of smoke from the fire surley a bit longer to get to work is better then losing lifes due to accidents caused by the smoke.
[quote][p][bold]Denise G[/bold] wrote: Not helped by the outer lane of the A20 being closed off for non-existent roadworks.....nothin g to do with the fire at all!! Common sense would be to remove the cones to ease traffic, but no, that'd be too easy! Thanks for making my 30 mile journey last 2 1/4 hours today.....[/p][/quote]its done to 1 lane because of smoke from the fire surley a bit longer to get to work is better then losing lifes due to accidents caused by the smoke. shazza678
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3:05pm Mon 5 Dec 11

The-Voice-Of-Reason says...

Denise G

The lane closure has been enforced to slow traffic down due to the large amount of smoke billowing across the surrounding roads. Visibility has been severely affected, so it appears to be a reasonable safety measure. Just cast your mind back to those horrific scenes on the M5 on bonfire night ...
Denise G The lane closure has been enforced to slow traffic down due to the large amount of smoke billowing across the surrounding roads. Visibility has been severely affected, so it appears to be a reasonable safety measure. Just cast your mind back to those horrific scenes on the M5 on bonfire night ... The-Voice-Of-Reason
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3:54pm Mon 5 Dec 11

jca111 says...

Seems like everyone that lives near this blaze thinks its an entirely reasonable safety measure to close and part close roads.

Remember bonfire night on the M5.
Seems like everyone that lives near this blaze thinks its an entirely reasonable safety measure to close and part close roads. Remember bonfire night on the M5. jca111
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4:06pm Mon 5 Dec 11

shazza678 says...

jca111 wrote:
Seems like everyone that lives near this blaze thinks its an entirely reasonable safety measure to close and part close roads.

Remember bonfire night on the M5.
I may live by this fire which gives me an understanding to how bad it is. It is taking my husband and myself a lot longer to get to work as we have to go a very long way round and also get afectted by the bridge being closed. BUT WE WONT COMPLAIN as we both no we are going to arrive safley back from our journeys and not killed in the same way the poor people of the bonfire night accident due to the smoke on the road.
[quote][p][bold]jca111[/bold] wrote: Seems like everyone that lives near this blaze thinks its an entirely reasonable safety measure to close and part close roads. Remember bonfire night on the M5.[/p][/quote]I may live by this fire which gives me an understanding to how bad it is. It is taking my husband and myself a lot longer to get to work as we have to go a very long way round and also get afectted by the bridge being closed. BUT WE WONT COMPLAIN as we both no we are going to arrive safley back from our journeys and not killed in the same way the poor people of the bonfire night accident due to the smoke on the road. shazza678
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4:08pm Mon 5 Dec 11

Denise G says...

Seeing as the lane that is shut is the the lane near the central reservation NOT the lane near the fire then I don't see the logic in this one personally! You're lucky if the traffic moves on the A20 well on a good morning anyway....I agree Bonfire night on the M5 was horrific, but based on what I saw this morning this isn't the case on the A20...I saw more accidents this morning from people slamming on their brakes and driving recklessly to get a car length in front before the lane closures.
Seeing as the lane that is shut is the the lane near the central reservation NOT the lane near the fire then I don't see the logic in this one personally! You're lucky if the traffic moves on the A20 well on a good morning anyway....I agree Bonfire night on the M5 was horrific, but based on what I saw this morning this isn't the case on the A20...I saw more accidents this morning from people slamming on their brakes and driving recklessly to get a car length in front before the lane closures. Denise G
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4:12pm Mon 5 Dec 11

Marty1979 says...

Denise G, perhaps the lane has been closed to force traffic to slow down? Also if there were 2 lanes open & cars suddenly drove through smoke there would be more chance of a collision.

So how many accidents actually happened?
Denise G, perhaps the lane has been closed to force traffic to slow down? Also if there were 2 lanes open & cars suddenly drove through smoke there would be more chance of a collision. So how many accidents actually happened? Marty1979
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4:19pm Mon 5 Dec 11

shazza678 says...

Denise G wrote:
Seeing as the lane that is shut is the the lane near the central reservation NOT the lane near the fire then I don't see the logic in this one personally! You're lucky if the traffic moves on the A20 well on a good morning anyway....I agree Bonfire night on the M5 was horrific, but based on what I saw this morning this isn't the case on the A20...I saw more accidents this morning from people slamming on their brakes and driving recklessly to get a car length in front before the lane closures.
Maybe if you take a walk along the road and then you will understand. The whole road has the firemans hoses lying across the road running water from the hydrants from local streets to the fire there is also thames water working to help with the suppy of water diggers trying to clear the mountains of lit rubbish and also the enviromental guys trying to protect the lakes also the fire crews are having to change over every 4 hours because of fuel that runs out. Our friend is a fireman and he has been there and he has told us how bad this fire is. You also only have to drive round Whippendale and then you will see the smoke still coming from this fire
[quote][p][bold]Denise G[/bold] wrote: Seeing as the lane that is shut is the the lane near the central reservation NOT the lane near the fire then I don't see the logic in this one personally! You're lucky if the traffic moves on the A20 well on a good morning anyway....I agree Bonfire night on the M5 was horrific, but based on what I saw this morning this isn't the case on the A20...I saw more accidents this morning from people slamming on their brakes and driving recklessly to get a car length in front before the lane closures.[/p][/quote]Maybe if you take a walk along the road and then you will understand. The whole road has the firemans hoses lying across the road running water from the hydrants from local streets to the fire there is also thames water working to help with the suppy of water diggers trying to clear the mountains of lit rubbish and also the enviromental guys trying to protect the lakes also the fire crews are having to change over every 4 hours because of fuel that runs out. Our friend is a fireman and he has been there and he has told us how bad this fire is. You also only have to drive round Whippendale and then you will see the smoke still coming from this fire shazza678
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4:26pm Mon 5 Dec 11

Oldchap says...

Denise G wrote:
Seeing as the lane that is shut is the the lane near the central reservation NOT the lane near the fire then I don't see the logic in this one personally! You're lucky if the traffic moves on the A20 well on a good morning anyway....I agree Bonfire night on the M5 was horrific, but based on what I saw this morning this isn't the case on the A20...I saw more accidents this morning from people slamming on their brakes and driving recklessly to get a car length in front before the lane closures.
If the police / highway agency etc had NOT closed a lane and a serious accident had happened then I'm sure Denise G would have blamed them

So your journey was delayed - but at least you arrived safely

And I haven't heard anything about "more accidents this morning from people slamming on their brakes and driving recklessly"
[quote][p][bold]Denise G[/bold] wrote: Seeing as the lane that is shut is the the lane near the central reservation NOT the lane near the fire then I don't see the logic in this one personally! You're lucky if the traffic moves on the A20 well on a good morning anyway....I agree Bonfire night on the M5 was horrific, but based on what I saw this morning this isn't the case on the A20...I saw more accidents this morning from people slamming on their brakes and driving recklessly to get a car length in front before the lane closures.[/p][/quote]If the police / highway agency etc had NOT closed a lane and a serious accident had happened then I'm sure Denise G would have blamed them So your journey was delayed - but at least you arrived safely And I haven't heard anything about "more accidents this morning from people slamming on their brakes and driving recklessly" Oldchap
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4:46pm Mon 5 Dec 11

The Gypo says...

The firemen will milk this for all it's worth, lots of O/T just before crimbo.
Loads a money !!
Is there an off licence nearby ? It's liable to have spontaneous combustion. OK I know, just cynical old me.
The firemen will milk this for all it's worth, lots of O/T just before crimbo. Loads a money !! Is there an off licence nearby ? It's liable to have spontaneous combustion. OK I know, just cynical old me. The Gypo
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5:21pm Mon 5 Dec 11

casper999 says...

These types of fires involving large piles of waste, Take time to put out, The fire goes deep into the piles and these piles of rubbish having to be broken down to allow Fire Crews to put fires out. I am also told, Fire crews had problems gaining a good water supply.
Anyone who know the A406 at Staples Corner and remembers the large wood piles, These caught fire in 2005, and needed 20 Fire Pumps on the 1st attendance and then many Relief Crews from all over London there for many Days causing traffic problem for that area.
These types of fires involving large piles of waste, Take time to put out, The fire goes deep into the piles and these piles of rubbish having to be broken down to allow Fire Crews to put fires out. I am also told, Fire crews had problems gaining a good water supply. Anyone who know the A406 at Staples Corner and remembers the large wood piles, These caught fire in 2005, and needed 20 Fire Pumps on the 1st attendance and then many Relief Crews from all over London there for many Days causing traffic problem for that area. casper999
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3:27pm Wed 7 Dec 11

leopard49 says...

I saw the fire on Saturday evening from Sandy Lane. It looked literally like a house on fire. Thankfully Sandy Lane is our usual route out, though we use Sevenoaks Way on our return. We saw hoses being played onto the flames, and were not surprised, or put out that the road was closed... just went back around the roundabout to Sandy Lane.
My question is : Why was so much rubbish allowed to build up in this patch of green belt ? Action should be taken by Bromley or Bexley Council against the Skip Yard.
I saw the fire on Saturday evening from Sandy Lane. It looked literally like a house on fire. Thankfully Sandy Lane is our usual route out, though we use Sevenoaks Way on our return. We saw hoses being played onto the flames, and were not surprised, or put out that the road was closed... just went back around the roundabout to Sandy Lane. My question is : Why was so much rubbish allowed to build up in this patch of green belt ? Action should be taken by Bromley or Bexley Council against the Skip Yard. leopard49
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