Project key to eco­nomic growth

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Crossing Business Boost -

The de­ci­sion has been wel­comed by na­tional busi­ness groups.

Mike Cherry, na­tional chair­man of the Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses, said: “It is good to see a spe­cific com­mit­ment from the govern­ment on this project, which will have ben­e­fits not just for the South East and Lon­don, but for trade and travellers far be­yond.

“While there have been dif- fer­ences of opin­ion over where the new cross­ing should be lo­cated, we wel­come the fact that a choice has been made and money com­mit­ted.

“How­ever, we urge all au­thor­i­ties to get on and build the cross­ing as fast as pos­si­ble.”

Ed­die Cur­zon, Lon­don direc­tor of the CBI, said: “With of­fi­cial pro­jec­tions show­ing that the vol­ume of ve­hi­cle traf­fic is set to in­crease by 34% on cur­rent lev­els by 2041, the con­struc­tion of a Lower Thames Cross­ing is an es­sen­tial long-term so­lu­tion to re­duc­ing con­ges­tion at the ex­ist­ing Dart­ford Cross­ing.

“A new cross­ing will boost ca­pac­ity on the strate­gic road net­work, en­abling a greater flow of pas­sen­ger and freight traf­fic from A to B, thereby un­lock­ing eco­nomic growth across the UK.”

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