New crossing needed in spite of free-flow at Dartford crossing, claims transport minister

New crossing needed in spite of free-flow at Dartford crossing, claims transport minister

New crossing needed in spite of free-flow at Dartford crossing, claims transport minister

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Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

FREE-flow tolls at the Dartford crossing will not cancel out the need for a new Lower Thames crossing, the transport minister said.

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price met with minister Robert Goodwill recently to discuss the free-flow tolling scheme, which is being introduced at the current river crossing in October.

The move will see the crossing’s toll booths removed, with charges being collected electronically.

After their meeting Ms Doyle-Price hailed the introduction of free-flow tolling, but said Mr Goodwill had reiterated the need for a new crossing, in spite of the free-flow measures being introduced.

The crossing is currently operating beyond capacity and although free-flow is expected to increase capacity overall, it will still be over-capacity at peak times.

One of the opposing arguments to a new Lower Thames Crossing is that the government should wait to see the effects if free flow, before making a decision on a new crossing.

The government is currently pondering over option A, which would see a new crossing next to the current one and option C, which would land a new crossing between Port of Tilbury and Coalhouse Fort.

Ms Doyle-Price said: "Those who pretend the introduction of free flow will solve all our traffic problems are kidding themselves and ducking the question as to where a new Lower Thames crossing should be sited.

"The failure by Thurrock Council to engage in this debate beyond saying 'none of the above' has meant that everyone else can trample all over us."

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8:59am Tue 18 Feb 14

stuart695 says...

Be very interesting to get the Governments view on how they intend to add an additional road crossing in Thurrock and deal with the issue of it having the 4th highest air pollution in the country. Are they going to move the entire population to East Anglia and formally turn Thurrock into the giant car park it often resembles?
Be very interesting to get the Governments view on how they intend to add an additional road crossing in Thurrock and deal with the issue of it having the 4th highest air pollution in the country. Are they going to move the entire population to East Anglia and formally turn Thurrock into the giant car park it often resembles? stuart695
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10:20am Tue 18 Feb 14

PoorFleet says...

How exactly is revenue collected from non-UK registered vehicles if they introduce a free flow system?
For example, HGV's from overseas.
How exactly is revenue collected from non-UK registered vehicles if they introduce a free flow system? For example, HGV's from overseas. PoorFleet
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5:37pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Thurrock bus man says...

stuart695 - Perhaps the way forward if the Government must build another crossing in Thurrock is to have a Thurrock Low Emission Zone? Both have to go hand in hand otherwise the air quality will go well beyond EU limits.
stuart695 - Perhaps the way forward if the Government must build another crossing in Thurrock is to have a Thurrock Low Emission Zone? Both have to go hand in hand otherwise the air quality will go well beyond EU limits. Thurrock bus man
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11:58am Wed 19 Feb 14

triple j says...

Jackie Doyle Price has been M.P. for Thurrock for nearly 4 years under a Tory lead government so for her to try and blame everyone else if we are to believe that there is only Options A and C for a new Bridge is playing the NOT ME GOV. card, in other words not her fault. With the weather so changeable, only an idiot would chose another bridge, shutting one is horrendous but two beggars belief. The money is there for a tunnel unless the toll receipts over the last decades has been syphoned of somewhere else. This part of Essex and in Kent are all blue so lets have less of the crap and a real alternative.
Jackie Doyle Price has been M.P. for Thurrock for nearly 4 years under a Tory lead government so for her to try and blame everyone else if we are to believe that there is only Options A and C for a new Bridge is playing the NOT ME GOV. card, in other words not her fault. With the weather so changeable, only an idiot would chose another bridge, shutting one is horrendous but two beggars belief. The money is there for a tunnel unless the toll receipts over the last decades has been syphoned of somewhere else. This part of Essex and in Kent are all blue so lets have less of the crap and a real alternative. triple j
  • Score: 7

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