Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

Department for Transport written question – answered on 28th November 2016.

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Photo of Adam Holloway Adam Holloway Conservative, Gravesham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times per month traffic is stopped at the Dartford River Crossing to allow crossing control vehicles to escort hazardous vehicles through the tunnels for each of the last 12 months for which information is available; and what estimate he has made of the number of escorts per month that will be required following the construction of a Lower Thames Crossing by each crossing option currently under consideration for the Lower Thames Crossing.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The total number of occasions where traffic was stopped at the Dartford Tunnel Crossing to allow crossing control vehicles to escort hazardous vehicles in the last 12 months are as follows:

Nov-15

Dec-15

Jan-16

Feb-16

Mar-16

Apr-16

2306

2410

2410

2340

2537

2238

May-16

Jun-16

Jul-16

Aug-16

Sep-16

Oct-16

2230

2197

2248

2144

1920

1932

It is important to note however that when possible Highways England will escort hazardous vehicles when the tunnel is already closed to remove oversize vehicles from the carriageway, avoiding the need for additional closures. Such occasions are included in the above figures.

Highways England ensures that every opportunity to escort hazardous vehicles, without the need for additional closures, is utilised.

The Lower Thames Crossing has not yet modelled the potential reduction in the number of escorted vehicles per day. This is something which would be part of future work.

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