MP asks minister for update on new Thames river crossing

WITH traffic once more thrown into chaos at the Dartford crossing, Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price rose to her feet to ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to the construction of a new Thames river crossing east of Blackwall to relieve traffic on the Dartford to Thurrock crossing.

Transport Minister, Mike Penning replied: “The Department for Transport published a report in April 2009 on the current and future capacity requirements at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing.

“The Department made clear in its spending review announcement that it would embark on a review of the options for future capacity in the Lower Thames. The Department is in the process of programming this work.

“Following that review, which is expected to take around 12 to 18 months to complete, the Department’s intention, as part of the statutory process, would be to publicly consult on the merits of the potential options.”

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