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Option A could still be on for Lower Thames Crossing

PUBLISHED: 15:07 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:07 24 February 2016

QEII Bridge at Dartford

QEII Bridge at Dartford

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Option A would mean a second crossing at Dartford

The transport minister Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed a second Lower Thames Crossing is stil on the cards.

Mr McLoughlin refused to rule out the possibility of a second bridge at Dartford whilst at a meeting with leaders from Gravesham including MP Adam Holloway and council leader John Cubitt.

Highways England is currently consulting on a crossing based east of Gravesend.

Following the news, Cllr Cubitt said: “The minister said he wanted to put on record that Option A is still absolutely on the table.

“Highways England’s latest consultation certainly implies that a second bridge at Dartford is no longer under consideration but the Secretary of State – on whose shoulders the final decision rests – has made it clear that this is not the case.

“Highways England’s latest consultation is also disingenuous concerning the relative costs of the two options. Their view of option A is to include all the ancillary costs at Dartford but not for Option C.

“The previous consultation in 2013 came to precisely the opposite conclusion on costs and put Dartford as the best value for money option.”

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