Prime Minister David Cameron dismisses pleas to fix Dartford pollution before spending billions on new Thames Crossing

Pleas to fix Dartford’s pollution problems before spending billions on a new Thames crossing have been dismissed by the Prime Minister.

Speaking in response to concerns raised by the MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe, David Cameron stressed the importance of moving forward when the public consultation closes next Thursday (March 24).Highways bosses want to build a second tunnel linking Gravesend with Tilbury in Essex, referred to in the consultation as option C, to ease Dartford’s traffic woes.

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, Mr Metcalfe said: “Highways England are consulting on a new Lower Thames Crossing, with the preferred option C, which will divert 14 per cent of traffic from the existing Dartford Crossing.

“Before spending billions on a new crossing, we should actually sort out the problems at the existing crossing, helping a greater number of motorists, improving illegal levels of poor air quality and improving the resilience of the M25 network.”
(News Shopper)

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