MP calls for river crossing at port

MP calls for river crossing at port

London's newest port will lose its chance of becoming an economic powerhouse unless a river crossing is built, an MP has claimed.

Conservative Jackie Doyle-Price told a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday that current plans to service the Thames Gateway with a new road are just "lines on a map".

Ms Doyle-Price warned hopes pinned on scrapping Dartford Crossing toll charges next year are "short termist". Motorists setting theirjourney planner to this locality have found routes even more jammed since the port's opening.

The Thurrock MP urged a new river crossing far to the east of Tower Bridge.

She said temporary options, including ferries, should be considered to smooth immediate congestion problems.

Ministers are continuing work on two likely sites for a new crossing.

One is on the existing A282 Dartford-Thurrock site, the other linking the M2 with the A13 and the M25 between junctions 29 and 30.

The second choice could also widen the A229 between the M2 and M20.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill told the debate that the Government is confined to these two options.

A third alternative to link the A2 Swanscombe Peninsula with the A1089 was scrapped late last year.

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