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Potential for third Thames crossing at Swanscombe Peninsula

PUBLISHED: 13:30 16 October 2012

The proposed Paramount theme park should not obstruct the Swanscombe Peninsula being chosen for a third Thames crossing, Kent County Council has said.

The Department for Transport is looking at three options: to the east of Gravesend, on the peninsula and at Dartford.

KCC leader Paul Carter said he backed the need for another crossing.

“I have been in dialogue with the Department for Transport to make sure that this proposed leisure scheme on Swanscombe Peninsula doesn’t adversely affect that as a location for the new crossing,” he said.

“The road network needs to be improved, which is why I am trying to accelerate progress for this third crossing.”

Cllr Bryan Sweetland, KKC cabinet member for transport, has suggested the Swanscombe Peninsula is likely to be selected.

He said: “It is quite possible that a second Thames crossing might be Swanscombe. The government has not yet decided which route to choose but this announcement may have a bearing on that decision.”

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