BBC Radio Kent debate on new Thames river crossing
BBC Radio Kent has hosted a debate on plans for a new Thames river crossing between Kent and Essex.
The government has said a new Lower Thames road crossing, costing up to £5bn, is necessary to tackle congestion.
Three locations have been put forward as possible sites:
- The site of the existing A282 Dartford to Thurrock crossing
- Connecting the A2 at Swanscombe in Kent with the A1089 in Essex
- Connecting the M2 in Kent with the A13 and the M25 in Essex between junctions 29 and 30
- Variant to option three would also widen the A229 in Kent between the M2 and M20
A panel of guests debated and took questions from listeners at the Hilton Dartford Bridge Hotel at 18.00 BST on 8 July.
BBC Radio Kent also wants to know what you think about the plans for the crossing. Is it needed and if so where should it go?
- David Burch, Essex Chambers of Commerce
- Paul Carter, Conservative Leader of Kent County Council
- Natalie Chapman, the Freight Transport Association
- John Kent, Labour Leader of Thurrock Borough Council
- Richard Knox-Johnston, CPRE Protect Kent
- Mike Stephens, Institution of Civil Engineers