Transport Association hits out at Government's "failure to provide definite answer" on crossing

Free flow tolling will help, says Mr Bingham, but a long term solution is needed

Free flow tolling will help, says Mr Bingham, but a long term solution is needed

First published in News Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

ONE of the UK's largest trade associations has hit out at the Government's "failure to provide a definite answer" over a new river crossing and urged it to make a decision "sooner rather than later".

The Freight Transport Association said congestion at the crossing needs tackling now as it is costing firms with 44 tonne trucks £1 for every minute they are stuck in traffic.

Malcolm Bingham, FTA’s Head of Road Network Management Policy said:

“Once again the DfT’s announcement today brings us no closer to building the much needed new Lower Thames Crossing.

Congestion needs tackling now, and this appraisal appears to add further delay to the process building of the crossing.

"There is absolutely no doubt that improving capacity and easing congestion at Dartford is essential in the longer term and while the introduction of free flow tolling in October will bring FTA members recognise the need for a longer term solution.

"FTA has consulted with our members at length on the issue of what the best crossing would be.

"As a result it was widely considered that Option C would bring the most benefits to the freight industry, and would help tackle congestion at Dartford, and therefore we feel that today’s announcement is simply slowing down the process."

 

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1:47pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Paul_Grays says...

Is it just me, or has the congestion got really bad the last month at the crossing. I know its always been bad but most days I seem to be joining queing on the A13 and I don't even want to crossing and want to go anti-clockwise on the M25.
Is it just me, or has the congestion got really bad the last month at the crossing. I know its always been bad but most days I seem to be joining queing on the A13 and I don't even want to crossing and want to go anti-clockwise on the M25. Paul_Grays
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