Monday, April 22, 2024

Light at The End Of The Tunnel

Interviewing South Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe at the Orsett Show this week gave us the opportunity to remind him of one of his election promises which he made last year at the same show.

Stephen is a very likeable man and he repeated that his ultimate pledge would be to scrap the tolls altogether at the Dartford Crossing but being a realist then perhaps this is never going to happen.

He has had talks with former Essex Firefighter, and now Minister for Transport Mike Penning and there are a number of options to be considered including temporary barrier lifting and more automation.

We shall see but let us hope this government doesn’t copy the mistakes made with the M6 toll road, which at birth was a huge success then was throttled by the brilliant decision to increase the toll by an extravagant amount and it is now , of course, deserted.


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