Plans for a new Thames tunnel that could give a huge boost to our region's economy have been firmed up by Highways England.
The planned new road linking the M25 in Essex and the M2 in Kent will cost billions but should relieve congestion on the Dartford Crossing.
Click below to watch a report on the proposed new crossing by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers
Shortlisted proposals have been put forward for a new tunnel under the River Thames in Essex to ease pressure on the Dartford Crossing.
The new tunnel will link a new junction on the M25 with Tilbury in Essex and Gravesend in Kent.
After looking at various options Highways England is recommending a tunnel from East Tilbury in Essex under the river to Chalk in Kent.
A new junction would be built on the M25 between junctions 29 and 30 with a road leading through to Orsett and then onto the new tunnel.
It would be the first new crossing of the Thames east of London since the Queen Elizabeth II bridge opened at Dartford 25 years ago.
A female Romanian lorry driver has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
A motorcyclist , in his 50s, died following the crash on the M25 near the Dartford Crossing on Friday.
Stana Caltun, 35, from Romania, has been remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on November 23.
There is very slow traffic on the Dartford Crossing bridge from Essex into Kent because of severe weather conditions.
Two lanes are closed due to strong winds on M25 clockwise at A282 (QE2 Bridge). Lanes one and three of the four lanes are closed on the bridge for safety, as lorries are getting blown around in the gusts.
Elsewhere, there are reports of a tree blocking the A140 Norwich to Ipswich road at Tasburgh near Long Stratton in Norfolk. Trees have also been brought down in other parts of the region with warnings for drivers to take care on the roads.
Wind gusts of 61mph were recorded at Marham in Norfolk and Wittering in Cambridgeshire at 10am on Saturday.
The Highways Agency has released a time-lapse video of work to make it quicker and easier to pay the toll for using the Dartford Crossing between Essex and Kent.
The video shows the installation of five new gantries that have been installed at the entrance to the Dartford tunnels and on the Queen Elizabeth II bridge.
The gantries will hold cameras and sensors for the new Dart Charge being introduced in October. That will allow drivers to pre-pay the charge or pay online so they won't need to stop at the toll booths.
The Highways Agency says 170,000 vehicles a day use the crossing and the new system will improve journeys and reduce congestion.
Two lanes closed due to strong winds on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise from A282 (Dartford River Crossing toll booths).All traffic is using one tunnel due to the closure of the QE2 Bridge.
Every day thousands of motorists use either the Queen Elizabeth the 2nd bridge or the Dartford tunnel to get to and from Essex to Kent.
But from this weekend, there's going to be a big rise in toll charges. And there'll be another in two years time to help fund a £500m scheme to remove the tolls - increases that have been criticised by local haulage companies. Malcolm Robertson reports.
From Sunday, motorists using the Dartford crossing between Essex and Kent face increases in the toll charges.
They'll be going up by more than 30% - and a further rise is planned in two years time.
It's to pay for an estimated £500m scheme that'll do away with the toll booths. Inevitably, these increases are proving unpopular - as Malcolm Robertson reports.
Charges are to be changed for the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing in a move the Government say will reduce congestion and improve journey times.
From October it'll cost an extra 50p if you pay by cash and travel by car. Those using the dart-tag charge will also see an increase - but not as much - from £1.00 to £1.33.
The government say free-flow charging will help traffic to flow faster. It should be introduced by Autumn 2014.
The Roads Minister's plans include:
- A full review of the Local Residents' Discount Scheme
- The option for a new Lower Thames crossing
- Commitment to introducing free-flow charging