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Traffic at Dartford Crossing set to be topic of Commons debate ahead of Lower Thames Crossing decision

PUBLISHED: 15:44 05 December 2016 | UPDATED: 15:44 05 December 2016

The Dartford Crossing will face closures this week

The Dartford Crossing will face closures this week

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A decision on the Lower Thames Crossing is expected before the end of the year

Pressure is being kept on the government to make a decision on a Lower Thames Crossing.

This week politicians will discuss congestion at the Dartford Crossing at a debate organised by Dartford MP Gareth Johnson.

North Kent has been waiting for most of the year on a decision to come on a second crossing, which would aim to relieve some of the pressure currently on Dartford.

A decision will see the government pick either a second crossing in the town or a new crossing in the Gravesham countryside.

“It is essential we keep the pressure on the Department for Transport to locate this new crossing east of Gravesend and away from Dartford” said Mr Johnson.

“I have previously said the approach to the Dartford crossing is Britain’s worst stretch of road in the UK and without action, it is only going to get worse.”

“In October, a Tom Tom survey found the approach to the Dartford Crossing tunnels was the slowest stretch of road in the UK at an average speed of 7.8mph. This is unacceptable.

“Motorists have no alternative and so drivers are forced to sit on this miserable stretch of road.

“The problems at the Dartford Crossing are a national disgrace and much more needs to be done to mitigate the congestion. Motorists have no alternative and I hope that a decision on building a new Lower Thames Crossing, east of Gravesend, well away from the Dartford Crossing, will be made soon and ultimately provide that alternative.

“I am fortunate to have been picked out of the ballot for this debate for the second time this year so this important issue can be addressed by the government again.”

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