Commenting on the government decision to rule out Swanscombe as an option Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, said:
“We were promised that there would be a quick turnaround on the decision for a third Thames crossing and I am disappointed that no decision has been made.
“It is a massively important project to unlock significant growth in the Thames gateway and we will be asking ministers for a rapid decision on the two options that remain. It is too vital a project to be allowed to drift any longer.
“Option C represents the best long-term logical solution to the transport challenges we face in Kent and the South East – by combining the greatest economic benefits for the residents of Kent, with a route that alleviates pressure on the M25 and our network.
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