Freight News, Road

Ports call for action on Thames crossing

[ October 21, 2016   //   ]

A business coalition, including DP World London Gateway, Port of Tilbury, Port of Dover, Port of London Authority, Navigator Terminals, Eurotunnel, Claridon Group, the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association have written to the Chancellor calling for an urgent ministerial decision on the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) scheme. They say a ministerial decision on the LTC route alignment is imminent.

They say that the ports in the area have made major extensions and cross-Channel freight is also growing 10% year on year. However, trade, currently flows through the “highly unreliable Dartford crossings, which suffer from over 300 standstill delays per annum”. The Department for Transport estimates that traffic through the corridor will grow by 41% over the next 20 years and high quality infrastructure is vital to alleviate this bottleneck.

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