It’s reported that Labour will reconsider the government’s plans for the Lower Thames Crossing if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister next week.
Andy McDonald, the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, has told kentonline.co.uk that “all options” would be considered again despite current transport secretary’s go-ahead for the scheme.
It quotes Mr McDonald as saying, “Before we agree to spending £6.5 billion we have to be sure that we will actually resolve the problem of congestion around the existing crossing and that is then done in a way that does as little damage as possible.”
The route would run from the M25 near North Ockendon, cross the A13 at Orsett before crossing under the Thames east of Tilbury and Gravesend, with a new link road taking traffic to the A2 near Shorne, close to where the route becomes the M2.
Meanwhile Conservative Gareth Johnson, who is hoping to be re-elected MP for Dartford, told the website going back on the plans would be ‘a disaster’ for the area, “This is another reason why a Labour government would be a disaster for our town as it’s now party policy to scrap our plans to have another crossing away from Dartford and to potentially have another crossing at Dartford. It flies in the face of common sense and everything we have been saying on this.”