Lower Thames Crossing announcement

This week the Government announced its preferred option of the new Lower Thames Crossing at Option C east of Gravesend.

I am delighted with this decision which will be welcomed by residents in Dartford who have suffered years of misery caused by the congestion in and around the town from the Dartford Crossing.

This decision is possibly the most significant to affect Dartford in a generation and investing up to £6.2 billion into a new Lower Thames Crossing east of Gravesend is the right approach as it will not only give motorists choice, it will also open up the whole area to new investment.

In its announcement, the Government said the new crossing could create more than 6000 jobs and boost the economy by £8 billion. It should be completed by 2027 and will have a 70mph restriction placed on it compared with 50mph at the existing crossing.

The decision comes after 47 000 people responded to the consultation exercise making it the largest consultation for a road project ever held by the Department for Transport. Option C was chosen by the majority of respondents.

The Secretary of State has also announced plans for £10 million to be spent in the area on measures to ease some of the existing problems.

There has been uncertainty about where this crossing would be for years and now the decision has been made we must get on with the task of building it.