Rail services and road traffic are currently disrupted after a lorry collided with the level crossing barriers at Manningtree, taking them completely off.

The road is currently closed while repairs take place to make the level crossing safe for trains and road vehicles to use. This is expected to take two hours but Network Rail's engineers are working as quickly as possible.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and follow diversions. Rail passengers should check how their journey might be affected.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We have engineers on site carrying out repairs as quickly as they can. I apologise to those affected and understand how frustrating this disruption is, especially as we approach home time on a Friday. It is vital that we make the level crossing safe for everyone before re-opening the road.”