New crossing plans for Dartford

The Government has launched a consultation on plans to build a second crossing over the River Thames in Dartford, Kent.

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MP discusses plans for new Thames Crossing

Patrick McLoughlin and Jackie Doyle-Price Credit: ITV Meridian

The MP for Thurrock has met the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss plans for a new Thames crossing. Also on the agenda were improvements to the roads leading to the Dartford Crossing, and free-flow tolling.

The MP has repeated a call for local residents to get free passes for the bridge and tunnel.

REPORT: Bridging the future at Dartford?

The government has announced the start of consultations over building a new Thames Crossing. There are three options: Dartford, Swanscombe and a site near Gravesend. The cost could top £5 billion.

We speak to Roads Minister Stephen Hammond, Richard Knox-Johnston from CPRE Protect Kent, Cllr Bryan Sweetland from Kent County Council and Natalie Chapman from the Freight Transport Association.

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Consultation on second Dartford crossing launched

Traffic heads towards the Dartford River Crossing near Darenth, Kent, as the bank holiday getaway begins.
Traffic heads towards the Dartford River Crossing near Darenth, Kent, as the bank holiday getaway begins. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Government has today begun consulting on a second Dartford Crossing. The options are:

(1) at the site of the existing A282 Dartford-Thurrock crossing;

(2) connecting the A2 Swanscombe Peninsula with the A1089 in Essex; o

(3) linking the M2 with the A13 and the M25 between junctions 29 and 30.

The Freight Transport Association says it's long overdue but environmentalists say they're not convinced it's needed.