MP secures Dartford Crossing debate to maintain pressure on the Government ahead of its Lower Thames Crossing decision

DARTFORD MP Gareth Johnson has secured a debate in the House of Commons on ‘Congestion at the Dartford Crossing’ in order to keep up the pressure on the Government on where it will build the new Lower Thames Crossing.

The debate, which will be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday, December 7 at 4.30pm, is Mr Johnson’s second debate on this issue this year.

He said: “There have been a number of debates on this issue which illustrates how important it is for people. We are soon to have the announcement from the Department for Transport over the location of the new Lower Thames Crossing and it is essential that we keep the pressure up on them to locate this new crossing East of Gravesend and away from Dartford. 

I have previously said the approach to the Dartford crossing is Britain’s worst stretch of road in the UK and without action, it is only going to get worse. In October, a Tom Tom survey found the approach to the Dartford Crossing tunnels was the slowest stretch of road in the UK at an average speed of 7.8mph. This is unacceptable.

Motorists have no alternative and so drivers are forced to sit on this miserable stretch of road.

The problems at the Dartford Crossing are a national disgrace and much more needs to be done to mitigate the congestion. Motorists have no alternative and I hope that a decision on building a new Lower Thames Crossing, East of Gravesend, well away from the Dartford Crossing, will be made soon and ultimately provide that alternative.

I am fortunate to have been picked out of the ballot for this debate for the second time this year so this important issue can be addressed by the Government again.”