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Dartford-Thurrock Crossing

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on its study on a second Dartford crossing; and if he will make a statement. (250912)

The Department for Transport commissioned in February 2008 a study to provide advice on the future need for additional crossing capacity in the lower Thames and identify possible future options.

The study looks to make best use of available transport models to better understand the impacts of current and future demand, and review previous work on what can be done to improve traffic flow through the existing Dartford crossing in the short to medium term.

The study work is nearing completion and we expect to receive the report of the study shortly. Following receipt, Ministers will consider the findings and recommendations of the study, to inform decisions on options to address the short, medium and longer term transport challenges associated with current cross-Thames movements in the area.