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Thames Gateway Bridge

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the funding of the proposed Thames Gateway river crossings. [114606]

The Secretary of State has regular discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a wide range of issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made in developing plans for the Thames Gateway Bridge; and to what parliamentary procedures he expects the plans will be subject. [114604]

The Thames Gateway Bridge project is the responsibility of the Mayor of London and Transport for London. They are developing the plans and the business case for the scheme. The Mayor has asked the Government to promote a hybrid bill for the project. We are considering that request.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if toll revenues from the Dartford Bridge will be ring-fenced for the proposed Thames Gateway river crossings. [114605]

The Dartford net income forms part of the funding included in the 10 year transport plan. This income has not been ring-fenced for Thames Gateway river crossings.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether plans for the proposed Thames Gateway Bridge include segregated public transport lanes. [114602]

The Thames Gateway Bridge project is the responsibility of the Mayor of London and Transport for London. They are developing the plans and the business case for the scheme. Segregated public transport lanes are among the options being considered.