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.
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