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Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

Department for Transport written question – answered on 5th July 2019.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the duration of delays at the Dartford Crossing.

Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to reduce delays on (a) the A2, (b) Bob Dunn Way and (c) other roads approaching the M25 to cross the Dartford Crossing.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Highways England are working to deliver improvements to motorists’ journeys around the Dartford Crossing.

Work is nearly complete on the M25 Junction 2 scheme which has been designed to improve the traffic flows from the A2, through the junction and on the approach to the Dartford Crossing. Further junction improvements are also planned to the A2 at Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions. This includes a new bridge for southbound traffic at the Bean junction and a new slip road onto the A2 for eastbound traffic. Highways England will also widen the road that links the two roundabouts at Ebbsfleet junction. Work at these junctions is due to start in March 2020.

Highways England are also designing a scheme to improve A282 Junction 1a. The improvements include adding another lane on the link road between the two roundabouts at Littlebrook. This scheme will deliver benefits to the junction and help improve the flow of traffic on Bob Dunn Way.

A Dartford and Thurrock study has also been completed to identify solutions to reduce congestion which could be delivered in advance of the construction of the Lower Thames Crossing. Highways England is working with Kent County Council and Thurrock Council to fully review the findings.

Future plans for the new Lower Thames Crossing will provide an additional route across the Thames, significantly adding capacity to the road network.

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