Successive governments have been criticised for failing to come up with long term plans for bridge and tunnel projects by the Transport Committee, which claims that it has inhibited economic growth.
The Dartford Crossing was named the “least reliable section” of the strategic road network by a cross-party group of MPs, who cited a lack of political leadership as the main reason for the shortcomings.
The committee, which is chaired by Louise Ellman MP, has produced a report suggesting that resulting congestion costs the economy £15m, and arguing that a new crossing should be considered.
The inquiry – backed by the Freight Transport Association – says the government uses methodology that “consistently underestimates the usage of new crossings”, meaning that bridges and tunnels soon become inadequate for the volume of traffic.
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