Which Will Win? Two Options for Lower Thames Crossing
After confirming a brand new Thames crossing in East London the Department for Transport (Dft) are carrying out detailed appraisals for two alternative routes.
The two options are as follow:
– Bridge or tunnel near existing Dartford Crossing
– Completely new link east of Gravesend
A recent public consultation garnered widespread feedback from more than 5700 people; however no clear consensus was reached. The only thing people could agree on was something needs to be done regarding the misery people experience with the harsh congestion on the Dartford crossing a Dft spokeswoman said.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: As part of the M25 orbital route around London the Dartford Crossing is a crucial part of the countrys strategic road network.
We are committed to a new Lower Thames Crossing but whichever location is chosen it will have a big impact on people in the area and we must make the right decision.
This work will not delay the delivery of the crossing but allows us to choose the best option for local people and the regions economy so that it helps boost transport links and economic growth.
A further consultation on a proposed solution in late 2015 or early 2016 will be carried out for a route near the Darford Crossing and one connecting the A2 and M2 to the M25 via the A13.
The introduction of a new dart charge remote payment system for the Dartford Crossing will not be delayed in October due to these complications. However the Dft still predict this new ITS hardware while cutting congestion down will still not stop the surge of traffic predicted to overwhelm the area by 2015 confirming the need for a new crossing a spokeswoman said..
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