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President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Adam Holloway: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Adam Holloway: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, although the proposed ban is clearly completely absurd, there is something quite refreshing about a politician actually doing what they said they would do before they were elected? The ban is ridiculous, but it is a reaction to the chaos caused in the middle east by previous generations of politicians, which in my view is far worse than anything that Trump...

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: Absolutely. I completely accept what my right hon. Friend says about Ministers, but I do think that Highways England’s mind is probably closed. That was well demonstrated by the fact that the so-called consultation we had, which 49,000 people answered, did not, I think, even mention option A.

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: Would my right hon. Friend also commend it to those officials that they answer the questions of Mr Steve Gooding, who is the director of the RAC Foundation, and a former very senior official at the Department for Transport? He and the head of another very large motoring organisation have concerns that this has morphed from something just about roads and transport into something much wider. Mr...

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: rose—

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: Absolutely. However, I urge the Minister to have a look—this is in my file, but I cannot find it now—at how the criteria have changed. They were originally about the capacity to rescue the constituents of my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Gareth Johnson) and everyone else from sitting in the traffic, but they are now about all sorts of other things, including wider economic...

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: The Minister talked about affordability, value, resilience, safety, minimum impact and capacity, and then mentioned the long term, but what is desperately needed now is capacity. Option C does not provide the capacity that is needed right now by the tens of millions of people who are suffering in traffic queues. Once we have sorted out capacity, by all means let us go for some of those other...

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: I am extremely sorry that the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West (Rob Marris) did not get his way and see the previous debate continue for a further three hours, because that would have given me time to actually write a speech. It is a bit of a disaster, but I am sure that my hon. Friends the Members for Dartford (Gareth Johnson) and for Thurrock (Jackie Doyle-Price) will be delighted.

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: I’ll need all of it. This debate has been rather boringly titled “M25: Dartford” but this is not a boring subject at all—I and my hon. Friends the Members for Dartford, for Thurrock and for South Basildon and East Thurrock (Stephen Metcalfe) have been looking at this for several years. What we do about another Thames crossing will affect tens of millions of journeys...

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: I would love to give way to my hon. Friend, although I am not so sure about the others.

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: I completely agree. There is no solution if it adds to the problems faced by the people of Dartford and Thurrock. I shall come back to that.

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: Absolutely—100%. A few months ago, I had Mr Potts of the Highways Agency in my office, and I got quite heated with him. I got him to admit that, however many crossings he built to the east of the existing crossing, he would at some point have to come back and fix the M25 at Dartford. It is possible to fix the problems of the M25 only if they are fixed at Dartford. Let me explain why....

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: I thank my hon. Friend for that. I am about to provide an even longer list of people who are in favour of option C, so I shall answer his question then.

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: Yes. There is only one real option now— option C—but I think that if option A were accepted that should be the case, and, indeed, the same would apply to any of the other options, historically.

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: Yes, once more.

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: Again, I completely agree with my hon. Friend. I also think that it is crazy for all those freight trains to offload at Ashford when they could easily trundle on for another two hours and be well north of the affected area.

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: Of course. I thank my hon. Friends for making my speech for me.

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: I am really enjoying agreeing with everyone so far this evening. As I have said, for many years no one really thought that option B, C, D or E would be chosen. I remember one of my friends, who was the roads Minister at the time, saying, “Don’t worry; it will be option A, another bridge at Dartford.” I have every sympathy with my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford, and I...

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: I think that the solution lies in any number of measures, but there certainly needs to be further capacity. I agree that we cannot try to squeeze more and more stuff into that collision of long-range national, regional and local traffic. I think that we need to seriously revisit the idea of taking Dartford and Thurrock out of the equation. I have spoken to tunnelling experts who say that that...

Technical and Further Education Bill: M25: Dartford (14 Nov 2016)

Adam Holloway: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker; of course you are right and I am sure you have also experienced the nightmare at the Dartford crossing. For argument’s sake, let us say that the national long-range through-traffic going from the area around Gatwick, along the M25 and then up to the north of England without going anywhere near the exits at Dartford and Thurrock is 40%. If we could...


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