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Crossing News Welcome - But Dartford Needs Action On Gridlock Now

It’s good news that the new Lower Thames Crossing won’t be in Dartford – but we need urgent action right now to tackle our growing traffic gridlock.

The news that the government have finally recommended that Dartford should not be the location of the new Lower Thames Crossing is rare relief for everyone impacted by the pollution and congestion at the existing crossing. It’s also a victory for residents who kept up the campaign against a new crossing in Dartford over several years.

It’s taken far too long for the government to make this decision. Almost 2 ½ years after the start of the consultation on a new crossing and a year after local people were promised a decision would be made, it’s unacceptable that residents and businesses have had to put up with this uncertainty for so long.

Leader of Dartford Labour Cllr Jonathon Hawkes commented;

Building a new crossing away from Dartford is a step in the right direction. However, all the while the government have been dithering over this decision the problems at the existing crossing have got much worse and traffic gridlock is now a regular occurrence. With the new crossing not due to open for at least a decade, Dartford needs action right now to get our town moving again.

So while the news about the crossing is welcome, Dartford can’t afford complacency from the council or the MP. We desperately need a new traffic plan for Dartford to tackle to congestion and pollution we are living with right now. However, with a 37% cut in the Department of Transport budget and Kent County Council finances being slashed by £46m, there are real concerns that traffic chaos in Dartford is going to get worse under the Conservatives.”


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commented 2016-02-09 20:08:14 +0000
My son was supposed to be at work
commented 2016-02-09 20:07:00 +0000
Sorry about the typos but I’m sure you get the jist of what I’m saying

It should read operation stack

Suffer the mayhem day in and day out

Council tax preferred
commented 2016-02-09 20:03:20 +0000
After last night the situation has now become interlorable, my on Es upped to be at work for 7 and never got there till 9pm. Why don’t the government allow the highways a byways council

1. Have pertain stack when there is bother of any kind at the tunnel, as last night it was the lorries that didn’t help the situation as they were running out of hrs and caused more problems

2. Stop vehicles coming over the flyover by the a2 for the tunnel and when they see it’s blocked they come off at junction two just to go straight back down again

3. Cameras looking at the yellow grids as vehicles sit in this box causing mayhem

4. Shut the junction on the blue star roundabout going down to the tunnel at certain times or altogether as it isn’t needed there are four other routes for locals and other traffic to get to the tunnel.

Two of these routes are a bit long winded but it’s a small price to pay .

Local residents to the tunnel have to suffer this mayhem do in and day out, all for 20p a crossing which is a joke why about the residents that don’t use the tunnel or even drive , reduction in council tax would be oreferred, no it is a known fact that more people die in dartford from pollution related diseases the anywhere else in the uk

Disgruntled dartford resident

Lynne Catterall

Please can you tell me how I find out if thi h been registered, my email is lynnec58@sky.com


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