Sevenoaks MP Sir Michael Fallon has today urged the Chancellor of the Exchequer to accelerate work on the Lower Thames Crossing.
The Lower Thames Crossing, which will take away 20 per cent of the Dartford Crossing traffic, is currently scheduled to open in 2027. Sir Michael has urged HM Treasury to speed up purchase of the tunnelling machines and compensation for property owners by indemnifying the Highways Agency against the risk of project cancellation.
Sir Michael said: “The Lower Thames Crossing should be considered as a national priority. Long queues at the Dartford Crossing are frustrating for everybody and are damaging our businesses. We cannot wait nine years for relief.”