asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what representations he has so far received about the proposal to double the Dartford Tunnel tolls; and what reply he has given;(2) whether he will order a local public inquiry into the proposal of the Kent and Essex County Councils to double the Dartford Tunnel tolls;(3) whether he has made any estimate of the volume of additional traffic likely to use other Thames crossings as a consequence of a doubling of the Dartford Tunnel tolls; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend has received 161 letters of objection, including 10 from local authorities, and 11 petitions signed in all by 2,950 people. Objectors have been told that a public local inquiry has been arranged for Tuesday 7th October. The extent of any diversion to other routes is a factor which will, no doubt, emerge during this inquiry.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many vehicles used the Dartford Tunnel in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
The information is as follows: