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.
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.
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.