George Carey Primary School closes following traffic disruptions caused by blaze at Barking recycling plant

River Road has been cordoned off due to the fire Picture: Liam Coleman

River Road has been cordoned off due to the fire Picture: Liam Coleman - Credit: Archant

George Carey Primary School Primary is closing for the day after it took some children four hours to get in this morning.

Buses are queued up in Barking centre as a result of the traffic disruptions. Picture: Sophie Morton

Buses are queued up in Barking centre as a result of the traffic disruptions. Picture: Sophie Morton - Credit: Archant

A fire at a recycling plant in River Road has been causing huge traffic disruptions all morning.

The road has been cordoned off, and Transport for London has said that routes EL1, EL2 and EL3 are experiencing heavy delays on River Road, Movers Lane and Thames Road, and that users should expect “bus curtailments” in both directions.

Thames View Infants School has also tweeted, saying parents can collect their children early due to the “chronic congestion”. No after school clubs will be running.

A spokeswoman from George Carey said: “It’s because of lots of traffic in the area, which is causing huge disruption to staff and pupils trying to get in, that we’ve made the decision to close the school.


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“It’s for the safety of the children but it’s not because of the fire. Parents are coming in to collect their children and we should be open as normal tomorrow.”

Around 100 firefighters are still tackling the blaze after being called at 6.25am. An exclusion zone has been set up as a precaution.

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