The Dartford Crossing was closed for more than seven hours after a bomb hoax. This report from BBC News suggested that a cylindrical device with wires was found on a Dover-bound coach after a man got off just after it had gone through the toll booths. As a consequence, traffic was gridlocked around the neighbouring areas.
Several days later, Gareth Johnson MP for Dartford, asked in Parliament ‘Last week, a security scare closed the Dartford crossing and led to six-hour tailbacks along the M25 for local residents. Will the Minister explore ways of mitigating such problems in the future and helping the residents of Dartford, who are sick to the back teeth of problems arising from the Dartford crossing?’. The response was that the Secretary of State had already called for an in-depth report into the incident, the implications, and what can be done to mitigate such effects in the future.
One year on, I am not sure what the results of this ‘in-depth report’ were and whether these were ever published. However, there are still issues at the Dartford Crossing which cause traffic problems in the surrounding areas and there still appears to be no plans to mitigate such effects in the future. Here at Dartford Matters, we have covered this subject in some depth and below I have included links to some of these articles. Although one local Councillor has agreed to give some thought to these matters, our other elected representatives appear reluctant to get involved or take responsibility for a problem which affects many Dartford residents.