THURROCK COUNCIL leader, John Kent has questioned the prime ministers decision to look at “privatising” parts of the roads system in the UK.
The government has decided that this week it wants to talk about building more toll roads across the country – and insists any new tolls would be collected through free flow tolling.
Thurrock Council has been addressing the government to make a decision on implementing free flow tolling at the Dartford crossing.
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr John Kent says: “We have been asking for free-flow tolling to be introduced at the crossing for ages, but the government just prevaricates.
“We said time and again, free-flow will slash the congestion, free-flow will boost business and free-flow will make our residents’ lives easier.
“Yet on Monday I saw the prime minister quoted as saying: ‘There’s nothing green about a traffic jam – and gridlock holds the economy back’.
“Exactly the point we’ve been making, so why the delay? I realise it can’t happen overnight, but the decision could be taken today and work started in a reasonable time.