Disagreements over Dartford Crossing after thousands get stranded in high winds

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A POLITICIAN has called on ministers to act after closures of the Dartford Crossing left thousands of motorists stranded over the festive period.

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price 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 nearby roads were left gridlocked over the festive season because of the closures.

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

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

She said: "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."

Other politicians were not as convinced of a need for committee intervention.

This Is Local London: Dartford MP Gareth Johnson

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson said: “Closures of the crossing are always very frustrating.

“It’s difficult to see how we can prevent the bridge being closed in very high winds but removing the toll booths will vastly improve the flow of traffic. For me that can’t come soon enough.”

Gravesham MP Adam Holloway said: "There are always those two tunnels if in some sorts of wind you can’t use the bridge.

"As for additional crossings, let’s wait until the tolls come off at Dartford to see if we need one."

Motorists questioned why the toll barriers at the Dartford Tunnel were not lifted to improve traffic flow when the bridge closed.

This Is Local London: Adam Holloway expressed concern over the cost of a new crossing.

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

"Queues need to be 10 miles long on the M25 for charges to be lifted, which they were not on either of the three occasions.

"Suspending the charge is to provide congestion relief in and around Dartford and Thurrock, not just on the M25."

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4:36pm Mon 13 Jan 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

"As for additional crossings, let’s wait until the tolls come off at Dartford to see if we need one."

HA HA - Blair sold it to the French, so we will always have to pay to cross the bridge that the British taxpayer originally funded.
"As for additional crossings, let’s wait until the tolls come off at Dartford to see if we need one." HA HA - Blair sold it to the French, so we will always have to pay to cross the bridge that the British taxpayer originally funded. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 16

6:07pm Mon 13 Jan 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

Something needs to be done about the crossings further in to London, the Silvertown tunnel is a bad idea, the A2 struggles with traffic as it is, the gateway bridge, though flawed was a better idea.

Tfl really don't care that much about the South east, as someone that was part of the blackwall tunnel protest group it was pretty obvious that all they were worried about was people using the O2 and not people wanting to get home.

Add the total mismanagement of dartford crossing and all we are destined for is more toll roads and it will all be too little too late as usual anyway.

Perhaps if there were better public transport links between Essex and kent.....
Something needs to be done about the crossings further in to London, the Silvertown tunnel is a bad idea, the A2 struggles with traffic as it is, the gateway bridge, though flawed was a better idea. Tfl really don't care that much about the South east, as someone that was part of the blackwall tunnel protest group it was pretty obvious that all they were worried about was people using the O2 and not people wanting to get home. Add the total mismanagement of dartford crossing and all we are destined for is more toll roads and it will all be too little too late as usual anyway. Perhaps if there were better public transport links between Essex and kent..... oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 16

10:24pm Mon 13 Jan 14

danm5577 says...

There is always congestion here its awfull.
And im not too sure how the free flowing toll will work?
But by building another crossing will just move the problem with another toll?
There is always congestion here its awfull. And im not too sure how the free flowing toll will work? But by building another crossing will just move the problem with another toll? danm5577
  • Score: 1

10:35pm Mon 13 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

Isn't the plan to have an electronic gadget in your car and when you drive through the toll it takes the money, like an oyster card but wireless, so you can drive straight through?
Isn't the plan to have an electronic gadget in your car and when you drive through the toll it takes the money, like an oyster card but wireless, so you can drive straight through? white rabbit9
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10:37pm Mon 13 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

The Fozziest of Bears wrote:
"As for additional crossings, let’s wait until the tolls come off at Dartford to see if we need one."

HA HA - Blair sold it to the French, so we will always have to pay to cross the bridge that the British taxpayer originally funded.
I didn't know that. Is their a man so EVIL.
[quote][p][bold]The Fozziest of Bears[/bold] wrote: "As for additional crossings, let’s wait until the tolls come off at Dartford to see if we need one." HA HA - Blair sold it to the French, so we will always have to pay to cross the bridge that the British taxpayer originally funded.[/p][/quote]I didn't know that. Is their a man so EVIL. white rabbit9
  • Score: 4

11:03pm Mon 13 Jan 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

danm5577 wrote:
There is always congestion here its awfull.
And im not too sure how the free flowing toll will work?
But by building another crossing will just move the problem with another toll?
Wherever a road is built there will be traffic to fill it but ignoring the problem is not the answer either.

Other than saying we need better public transport and that we are becoming massively over populated (stating the obvious I know) I don't know the answer.

Maybe I meet the criteria to become minister for transport ;-)
[quote][p][bold]danm5577[/bold] wrote: There is always congestion here its awfull. And im not too sure how the free flowing toll will work? But by building another crossing will just move the problem with another toll?[/p][/quote]Wherever a road is built there will be traffic to fill it but ignoring the problem is not the answer either. Other than saying we need better public transport and that we are becoming massively over populated (stating the obvious I know) I don't know the answer. Maybe I meet the criteria to become minister for transport ;-) oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 2

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