Lower Thames Crossing

Earlier this month, Highways England launched a 10-week consultation on the latest plans for the Lower Thames Crossing.

The new crossing, which will be built between Gravesham in Kent and Thurrock in Essex, will boost road capacity by 90 percent and reduce traffic in Dartford by 22 percent.

The new designs show the crossing is set to be three lanes in each direction and traffic will be able to travel at 70mph.  Plans are also included on improvements with the junction of the A2 and a new design for the Tilbury junction.

Having another river crossing east of Dartford will not only improve journeys for motorists, it will add billions to the economy, create thousands of jobs and provide extra road capacity.

To my mind, this crossing cannot be built soon enough to alleviate the traffic problems for the people of Dartford. I have campaigned for years for the new crossing to be built well away from the existing crossing at Dartford so that motorists have more choice and an alternative river crossing. This location is also vital to ensure Dartford avoids years of roadworks near what are already heavily congested roads.

This crossing is long overdue and should have been commissioned 15 to 20 years ago.

The Dartford Crossing has been working well over capacity for many years and this new crossing will reduce the annual number of vehicles by around 14 million.

People in Dartford have had to bear the brunt of the problems at the crossing for many years, with the local roads congested whenever there is a problem at the crossing.

The consultation, which runs until December 20, gives details of all the plans for the crossing and I would encourage people to have a look online or go along to one of the many drop-in sessions.

The Lower Thames Crossing cannot come soon enough for the people of Dartford, who have suffered years of misery due to the Dartford Crossing.