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FTA welcomes consultation into new lower Thames crossing to ease congestion

  • 21 May 2013
  • By Ashleigh Wight

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed plans to develop a new lower Thames crossing to help tackle congestion and capacity issues at Dartford.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation into the location of the proposed crossing, revealing three possible options:

  • The site of the existing A282 Dartford-Thurrock crossing;
  • Connecting the A1089 at Grays, Essex, with the A2 Swanscombe Peninsula;
  • Connecting the M2 and the A13 with the M25 between junctions 29 and 30.

The DfT is also considering a variation of the third option, widening the A229 in Kent between the M2 and M20.

FTA head of road network management policy Malcolm Bingham said: “There is absolutely no doubt that improving capacity and easing congestion at Dartford is essential, but we have to ensure that the best option is selected, providing real relief on this important national artery.”

The FTA estimated that current queues at the Dartford and Blackwall crossings costs a 44-tonne truck an average of £1 per minute.

Roads minister Stephen Hammond said: “I encourage anyone who uses the existing crossing or has an interest in the location of the new crossing to let us have their views on these proposals. This will enable us to make the right decision on the location of the new crossing.”

The DfT will be holding public information events throughout June to for anyone who wants to find out more information. 

The consultation closes on 16 July.

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