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Transport secretary Chris Grayling stuck in notorious traffic by Dartford Crossing on way to announce new Lower Thames Crossing

PUBLISHED: 17:26 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:28 12 April 2017

Transport secretary Chris Grayling

Transport secretary Chris Grayling

Paul Toeman

He was meant to arrive at 4.30pm, but has still failed to show, blaming his lateness on traffic

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Transport secretary Chris Grayling is reportedly stuck in traffic, on his way to officially announce the new Lower Thames Crossing perferred route.

He was meant to arrive at 4.30pm, but is almost an hour late.

The government released a statement this morning stating that it has backed a £6billion crossing east of Gravesend.

The planned route will run from the M25 near North Ockendon, cross the A13 at Orsett before crossing under the Thames east of Tilbury and Gravesend.

A new link road will then take traffic to the A2 near Shorne, close to where the route becomes the M2.

Expected to reduce the burden on the Dartford Crossing, government figures suggest the bored tunnel could carry up to 4.5million heavy goods vehicles in its first year.

Speaking, this morning, Mr Grayling said: ““We are making the big decisions for Britain. The new Lower Thames Crossing, and other improvements in and around Dartford and Thurrock announced today, will further strengthen our economy while also creating thousands of jobs.

“Our £23 billion investment into our roads is already making a difference, with schemes being completed across the country, including the M1 Catthorpe junction and A556 at Knutsford, cutting journey times for millions of motorists.

“The schemes announced today not only show we are taking decisions, we are planning upgrades and we are completing roads – making the lives of millions of motorists better.”

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