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Second crossing critical'

PUBLISHED: 18:31 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:41 23 August 2010

A SECOND Dartford crossing has been identified as critical for the region s transport network in a new strategy for the south-east. The revised South East Plan sets out a framework for sustainable growth that will support long-term economic performance i

A SECOND Dartford crossing has been identified as critical for the region's transport network in a new strategy for the south-east.

The revised South East Plan sets out a framework for sustainable growth that will support long-term economic performance in the region, jobs and housing.

Increased capacity on three major transport corridors were seen as critical, including the A2/A282/M2 link and a new Thames crossing.

The plan, released last Thursday, calls for further work in reducing demand through controversial road pricing.

Last month the Reporter revealed the Department for Transport had outlined details for three possible sites for another crossing, including one east of Gravesend. Increasing the supply of housing provision remains critical to the plan despite current difficulties in the housing market, which sets out to deliver 654,000 new homes until 2026 to meet the region's long-term housing needs. Plans for a new Thames Barrier could be integrated into the Highways Agency plans for a new Dartford Crossing, the Environment Agency said this week. The Environment Agency's Thames Estuary 2100 strategy document suggests a new barrier will be needed from 2070.

It favours a location at Long Reach, close to the Dartford crossing. An alternative site at Tilbury is also under consideration, in line with options for a new Thames crossing.

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