Good news for Cross­ing users... in about eight years

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - School Report -

About 55 mil­lion jour­neys are made each year on the Dart­ford Cross­ing.

At peak times, it of­ten ex­ceeds 141,000 cross­ings per day, which has long ex­ceeded its de­signed ca­pac­ity of 135,000 ve­hi­cles a day.

High­ways Eng­land pre­dicts with­out a new Lower Thames Cross­ing, which was ap­proved last year, this would have in­creased to 159,300 per day by 2025 and 163,000 per day by 2041.

The £4.4 bil­lion Lower Thames Cross­ing, due to be built to the east of Gravesend near Chalk, will in­crease ve­hi­cle-cross­ing ca­pac­ity east of Lon­don by 70%.

High­ways Eng­land fore­casts it will carry 78,500 ve­hi­cles a day in its opening year and would re­duce traf­fic at the Dart­ford Cross­ing by 14%.

How­ever, it is not ex­pected to open un­til at least 2025.

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