Dartford Bridge To Be “Sold Off”?

The Prime Minister Gordon Brown is set to give details of an initial round of sales that could raise £3 billion including the Dartford crossing,

He plans to sell a ”portfolio of non-financial assets” held by Whitehall and local authorities for some £16bn,

The funds raised over the next two years will help finance new capital investment and pay down debt, according to the Prime Minister.

Aides said the sell-off marked the beginning of a “radical programme” to identify “non-core government business activities” that should be done in, or in partnership with, the private sector.

Mr Brown is set to indicate that such action is key to Labour’s “clear and credible” plans for halving the deficit over the next four years.

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