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Dartford MP praises meeting over Dartford Crossing

PUBLISHED: 17:13 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:13 01 October 2015

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The urgent meeting was called by Gareth Johnson today

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson praised a meeting he called to discuss congestion problems over the Dartford Crossing.

The meeting, which was called today, was attended by Highways England, the Department for Transport, Kent Police, Kent County Council and Dartford Borough Council.

Mr Johnson said the meeting was “the first time we have ever got people round the table together as part of the ongoing process to improve traffic problems”

He went on to say: “No one is claiming there is a magic wand to solve the traffic problems at the Dartford Crossing but getting all parties responsible for running the crossing working together is important.

“There needs to be a review of the signage at the approach to the crossing but also to improve the management of traffic at the roundabouts at both University Way by junction 1a and the Bluestar roundabout on Princes Road.

“It has been known for some time that congestion at these roundabouts cause big traffic issues in the town and we need better traffic management and enforcement at these locations.

“We also discussed a need for better driver education and making it clear which lanes are better for lorries.”

Earlier this morning a car fire caused delays on the M25, and Mr Johnson said the incident “highlighted how congestion can build up quickly when there is a problem on any part of the M25.”

“This meeting is part of an ongoing process that will be needed to tackle traffic problems. These problems will not be completely resolved until another bridge is built which, in my opinion, needs to be located east of Gravesend.”

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