MP calls for new look at traffic on Dartford crossing

MP calls for new look at traffic on Dartford crossing

MP calls for new look at traffic on Dartford crossing

First published in News

AN MP called on ministers to act after closures of the Dartford crossing left thousands of motorists stranded.

Jackie Doyle-Price, Tory MP for Thurrock, wants the Government to assess the road network after the QE2 bridge was closed on three separate occassions in recent weeks because of high winds.

The M25 and roads across Thurrock were left gridlocked over the festive season because of the closures.

Ensignbus, Thurrock’s leading bus firm, which runs 15 services in the borough, is also demanding the Highways Authority sorts out problems.

Stormy weather forced the crossing, which links Thurrock to Dartford in Kent, to shut down for long periods on Monday, December 23, Monday, December 30 and New Year’s Day.

It led to serious delays of up to six hours around Lakeside shopping centre.

Ms Doyle-Price wants the Government’s emergency planning committee – Cobra – to look into the situation.

She said: “It is important that a proper assessment of the impact of the weather on the road network is made at the highest levels of Government and that is why I want Cobra to look at this.

“I am convinced if a proper look is taken, the Government would conclude we need a new outer ring road to complement the M25 and ensure there is resilience in the road network.”

Furious motorists questioned why the toll barriers at the Dartford Tunnel were not lifted to improve traffic flowwhen the bridge closed.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said the existing barriers would never be lifted permanently as they control traffic.

Queues need to be ten miles long on the M25 for charges to be lifted, which they were not on either of the three occasions.

He said: “Suspending the charge is to provide congestion relief in and around Dartford and Thurrock, not just on the M25. In order to apply the protocol consistently we monitor traffic build up on the M25.”

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11:41am Thu 9 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

Take the bridge down, lots of scrap there, let them use the tunnels free of charge
Take the bridge down, lots of scrap there, let them use the tunnels free of charge LastLaugh2
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11:44am Thu 9 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

The simplest solution to traffic problems at the crossing is to completely remove the bottleneck that is the toll plaza. Allow free useage of the crossing at all times.

The diference this would make would immediately be noticeable.
The simplest solution to traffic problems at the crossing is to completely remove the bottleneck that is the toll plaza. Allow free useage of the crossing at all times. The diference this would make would immediately be noticeable. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 6

12:10pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Ian P says...

If we ever do get a third crossing it should be based on tunnels rather than a bridge, so that it can operate in high winds. With a tunnel third crossing it might also be possible to restrict highsided vehicles, the biggest issue in high winds, to the tunnels only. This could leave the bridge open for cars only, which are less affected by the wind.
If we ever do get a third crossing it should be based on tunnels rather than a bridge, so that it can operate in high winds. With a tunnel third crossing it might also be possible to restrict highsided vehicles, the biggest issue in high winds, to the tunnels only. This could leave the bridge open for cars only, which are less affected by the wind. Ian P
  • Score: 2

12:58pm Thu 9 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

"A spokesman for the Highways Agency said the existing barriers would never be lifted permanently as they control traffic"
Since when do the highways agency have a say in it ? It's a private consortium that's doing the fleecing......
"A spokesman for the Highways Agency said the existing barriers would never be lifted permanently as they control traffic" Since when do the highways agency have a say in it ? It's a private consortium that's doing the fleecing...... pembury53
  • Score: 6

7:46pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

We don't need her to have a "new look"... we just need the tolls scrapped and the barriers opened.

Job done!
We don't need her to have a "new look"... we just need the tolls scrapped and the barriers opened. Job done! Kim Gandy
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12:45pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Ian P says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
We don't need her to have a "new look"... we just need the tolls scrapped and the barriers opened. Job done!
While it would be nice and assist with the congestion at other times, it will not resolve the issue of the bridge having to be closed in high winds.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: We don't need her to have a "new look"... we just need the tolls scrapped and the barriers opened. Job done![/p][/quote]While it would be nice and assist with the congestion at other times, it will not resolve the issue of the bridge having to be closed in high winds. Ian P
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