Monday, July 15, 2024

Doyle-Price urges George Osborne to rethink proposals on Dartford Crossing.

THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price claims that Friday’s chaos proves that the Government needs to rethink its proposals for a new Lower Thames crossing.

The MP has written to the chancellor, George Osborne.

“Friday’s chaos proves there are not enough crossings east of Tower Bridge. As traffic is diverted to Blackwall, queues were as far back as Rainham. When the Dartford crossing closes vast areas become car parks causing misery for motorists.

But it also illustrates that the options under consideration are the wrong ones. They would simply add to congestion on the M25 and the A13. The Government needs to think again. A new crossing at Canvey offers the opportunity to link the M2 and the M11 and establish a new outer ring road. That would bring real resilience to the road network. Dependency on too few crossings brings real risk which is costing our economy badly.”


  1. I agree with JDP.

    A link from the M2, over the Hoo Peninsula and onto Canvey makes the most sense. You could then link up the new crossing with the A130, giving access to the A13, A127 and A12 (For East Anglia).

    As compensation a new road off Canvey should also be built linking Northwick Road to The Manorway, Corringham along with a new junction on Canvey so transport going to the oil refinaries on the island or to DP world have a quicker journey.

    Disruption wise a Hoo-Canvey link would make more sense. The villages on the Kent side of the river are much smaller and more sparsely populated than on the Essex side. There is wide expanses of greenery between them and a new motorway could be hidden well. On Canvey a new crossing would be a considerable distance from any houses as well unlike option C.

  2. Oh my, JD-P is very informal with her greeting, isn’t she? “Dear George”? If anyone else wrote to him like that they’d get ignored. But I do feel all warm and cozy inside knowing that my last reply from JD-P was signed off with a kiss, something that George can only dream about and I’ll eventually recover from.

  3. It’s actually fairly standard to address colleagues in the same organisation as you by their first name, even if you haven’t met them… Jackie has at least met the Chancellor, so her greeting is not in any way inappropriate.

  4. Descamisados – You obviously failed to grasp the sarcastic point I was making for comic effect; however, on a more serious note, JD-P is an extremely minor cog in the Tory machine who Gideon Osborne probably doesn’t even know exists and, as I’m sure his profile on the Government’s website doesn’t say that he likes to be referred to as George but at the very least Mr Osborne, courtesy demands a level of formality from colleagues of a much lower rank in the party.


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