More than 2,000 back calls for ban on oversized and hazardous vehicles at Dartford Crossing
PUBLISHED: 11:06 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:06 06 November 2017
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The idea, however, was criticised by Highways England and borough council leader Jeremy Kite
More than 2,000 people have now backed a ban on oversized and hazardous vehicles at the Dartford Crossing.
Dartford firm Europa Worldwide Group, based near the crossing in Albion Road, said last month it has “officially had enough” of delays at the troubled M25 crossing, sparking calls from managing director Andrew Baxter to ban some lorries altogether.
The MD said that convoy vehicles represent less than one per cent of the total traffic through the tunnel, claiming, therefore, it is “unjust” that the other 99 per cent of vehicles are delayed to accommodate them.
Instead, he proposes the trucks be diverted around the motorway, believing the proposal could remove up to two-and-a-half hours of northbound traffic jams at the tunnel each day.
However, Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite said it would not provide a solution, and would only move the problem to Heathrow or other pinch points on the M25, while Highways England added that the suggestion has “several issues which would make it hard to implement”.
The petition, which has some 2,100 signatures, is available to view here.
At 10,000 signatures, the government is obliged to issue a response.