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River Thames: Bridges

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which stakeholders have been included in the discussion on a new Lower Thames Crossing; and if she will make a statement. (160230)

The first part of the study will include extensive consultation with both public and private sector stakeholders. In addition the study will have access to the comments made on capacity issues included in the response to the consultation on "Changes to Charges at the Dartford Crossing" carried out earlier this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the impact of a new Lower Thames Crossing on (a) access to and (b) congestion in Castle Point. (160231)

No detailed work has been carried out on the access and congestion implications of any specific option.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on commissioning a Lower Thames Crossing; and whether any locations have been ruled out. (160232)

Detailed work on the specification of the study has been completed in house and the project is now out to tender with consultants. No locations have been ruled out.