Dartford Crossing: Revenue

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at on 2 May 2019.

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Photo of Teresa Pearce Teresa Pearce Labour, Erith and Thamesmead

I thank the Minister for his response, but according to my reading of the legislation and the accounts, the income from the Dartford crossing is paid to the Department for Transport with no ring fence, so it can be spent anywhere on anything transport related. Will the Minister confirm whether that is the case? Given the crossing’s adverse effect on Bexley and Dartford residents in terms of air pollution, congestion, extended journey times and often complete gridlock—the hospital is on one side of the Dartford bridge and residents are on the other—what percentage of the income has been and will be spent on improving transport for those residents?