Lower Thames Crossing

This week Highways England announced its preferred option for the Lower Thames Crossing.

After years of uncertainty, the agency announced it had a preference for one option namely Option C, east of Gravesend, with three local road variations.

I welcome this decision as I have always said that any new crossing should be well away from the existing one at Dartford, which is already one of the most congested stretches of road in the UK.

Since I was elected as Dartford’s MP in 2010, I have been fighting against another crossing at Dartford and I am delighted that Highways England has listened and realised this is not a viable option.

Option C, east of Gravesend is the only credible route for a new Lower Thames Crossing, which will be of benefit to all motorists as it offers an alternative route.

As the report states, Option C has been proposed because it will unlock significant economic growth in the area and offer higher transport performance in terms of safety, capacity and resilience.

It will also tackle the huge problems that exist with pollution in the area around Dartford and the proposal is good news for everyone needing to cross the Thames.

This consultation is set to last eight weeks and I would urge everyone to look at the plans and have their say on the issue.

This announcement brings certainty for Dartford’s future and I hope to see the new crossing built as quickly as possible.