Prime minister urged to prioritise pollution at Dartford Crossing over 'Option C'

PUBLISHED: 13:50 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:51 16 March 2016

The Dartford Crossing

The Dartford Crossing


David Cameron was challenged by Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe at PMQs today

David Cameron has been urged to put plans for a new Thames crossing to one side, and instead focus on tackling pollution in Dartford.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe said: “Before spending billions on a new crossing we should consider sorting out the problems at the existing crossing, not only helping a greater number of motorists, but to improve illegal levels of poor air quality and bring more resilience to the M25 motorway network.”

The prime minister said in response: “We need to tackle congestion and air quality.

“Stationary traffic is more polluting than moving traffic and so sorting out the existing problems at Dartford is important but we need to look at the options for a new crossing.

“Highways England has looked in detail at both locations in terms of their economic and community impact and I look forward to seeing what they recommend.

“This is a vital set of arteries for our country’s economy and we need the traffic to be flowing smoothly.”

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