DAVID CAMERON has rejected a plea by East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe to halt plans for a new Thames Crossing.
Mr Metcalfe asked taped the question at Prime Ministers questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday afternoon.
Mr Metcalfe said: "Highways England are consulting on a new Lower Thames Crossing, with the preferred option C, which will divert 14 per cent of traffic from the existing Dartford Crossing.
“Before spending billions on a new crossing, we should actually sort out the problems at the existing crossing, helping a greater number of motorists, improving illegal levels of poor air quality and improving the resilience of the M25 network.”
The prime minister replied: “My honorable friend makes an important point.
“We need to tackle congestion and air quality, and stationary traffic is more polluting than moving traffic.
“Sorting out problems at the existing crossing is important, but I do believe we have also got to look at options for the new crossing.
“Highways England have looked at options for the new crossing and the details for both locations, and we look forward to seeing what they recommend.
“I hope when they do, we can make progress. These are a vital set of arteries for our country’s economy and we need the traffic to be flowing smoothly.”