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Dartford MP Gareth Johnson meets with Transport Secretary over Lower Thames Crossing plans

PUBLISHED: 17:03 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 17:03 15 July 2013

The Dartford Crossing

The Dartford Crossing

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Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has met with the Transport Secretary to persuade him about pushing ahead with plans for a second Lower Thames Crossing ahead of the consultation closing tomorrow (July 16).

The proposed sites are at the existing A282 Dartford-Thurrock crossing; at Swanscombe, connecting the A2 with the A1089; and east of Gravesend, connecting the M2 with the A13 and the M25 between junctions 29 and 30.

But Mr Johnson met Patrick McLoughlin today (July 15), and told him it would ‘premature’ to consider a second crossing before the impact of removing the toll booths on the Dartford Crossing was assessed.

Mr Johnson said: “We have had enough of river crossings in Dartford and I do not want to see another one in this area. The meeting with Patrick McLoughlin was a good opportunity to lobby him about my concerns and the impact another crossing would have on Dartford.

“I made it clear that placing another crossing by the existing one would not offer the motorist a choice, it would simply widen the existing capacity. The option at Swanscombe would also end the potential of a theme park on the peninsula and the tens of thousands of jobs that would go with it.

“I have already made it very clear that I am firmly against the plans. The meeting was a very positive one and it was important that he heard first-hand the difficulties that would arise if another crossing was placed in Dartford.”

The government will make a final decision in the autumn after considering the results from the consultation.

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