Friday, February 23, 2024

MP keeps pressure on over Dartford crossing congestion

THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle-Price rose on the floor of the House of Commons to quiz the government minister on the congestion on the Dartford crossing.

Ms Doyle-Price said: “What steps is he taking to reduce congestion on Highways Agency roads.

Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon, Conservative)

“This Government are committed to accelerating the delivery of roads infrastructure. Spending on the major roads programme to October 2012 was just over £1.9 billion. A £217 million programme of pinch point schemes is being progressed, as is a £3.5 billion programme of 20 major road schemes.

Jackie Doyle-Price (Thurrock, Conservative)

“As my hon. Friend knows, the Dartford crossing causes motorists in my constituency a lot of grief, and although it is part of the national road infrastructure, the congestion impact is very much local. Will he give me an undertaking that he will do everything he can to tackle the congestion at the Dartford crossing and at junction 31 with the A13 and the M25 so that the jobs and economic growth that can be generated in south Essex will materialise?

Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon, Conservative)

“I can give my hon. Friend that assurance. As she knows, we are already progressing free flow through the Dartford tunnel. Also, we are in discussions with the Highways Agency about the junction that she refers to.”


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