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Hundreds queue to scrutinise new Thames Crossing proposals

It's ludicrous - that's the reaction of many people living near the proposed site of a new tunnel beneath the Thames. It would run under the river east of Gravesend, with roads cutting through at least two villages. It's the preferred option for a new crossing between Kent and Essex. It was among proposals on show at the first public exhibition in Kent which had hundreds of people queuing today. Andrea Thomas was there. She spoke to Martin Potts from Highways England.

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Minster says "right decision will be made" on Thames Crossing.

It's a route used by more than a hundred thousand drivers a day. The Dartford Crossing is one of the biggest pinch-points for the south-east road network. Today the Government said it will do a detailed study of two final options for a new crossing over the Thames.

But some debate whether it's needed. David Johns reports, speaking to Roads Minister Robert Goodwill and Thurrock Council leader John Kent (Lab).

Does Reading need a third bridge over the River Thames?

It's a debate that's divided opinion in Berkshire and Oxfordshire for more than 50 years and it's been re-ignited following the recent bad weather. Should there be a third bridge over the River Thames in Reading to ease traffic congestion?

There's support for the plan in Reading but as Mel Bloor reports, people across the border in South Oxfordshire aren't so convinced.

Interviewees: Petition creator Adele Harbor, Cllr Keith Baker from Wokingham Borough Council and Reading East MP Rob Wilson.

Reaction decision ruling out Swanscombe as an option for a new Thames Crossing

The environmental watchdog Protect Kent has reacted to the news that Swanscombe has been ruled out as a potential location for a new Thames Crossing.

Richard Knox-Johnston from the organisation said that while one option had been taken off the table, questions remained about the two other potential locations.