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Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price today met with Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, at the Dartford Crossing to discuss proposals for Junction 30 improvements, free flow tolling and the options for new river crossings.  Jackie took the opportunity to repeat her calls for free tolls for Thurrock residents and for the residents scheme to be extended to small vans.  The Minister also visited all the proposed locations accompanied by Highways Agency officials.

Jackie said, "I am pleased that Patrick took the time to see for himself the potential impact of the options.  I was able to highlight the issues raised with me by local residents about the impact on local traffic, the green belt and the A13.  I also expressed my desire to see proper assessment of the potential impact of new London crossings and for the Department to properly consider the option of a new outer ring further downstream.  I am pleased that the Secretary of State was sympathetic to my representations regarding the residents discount scheme.

Mr McLoughlin said, "I saw for myself the congestion at the Dartford crossing which confirmed to me that new crossings are necessary, to alleviate current traffic problems and make new capacity available to support the local economy for future decades.  Jackie has explained to me her concerns regarding the impact on the environment, the local road network and in particular the A13.  We will of course consider these issues fully before taking any decision.  In the meantime we will press on with plans to improve Junction 30 and introduce free flow tolling."


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