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Bonkers Blog May 2013

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21 May (Part 1) - Bexley’s uniquely splendid isolation

You wait ages for a new proposal for crossing the river and then two come along at once. You could follow the south bank of the Thames by car from Gloucestershire to Dartford and be free to cross to the north bank in any local authority area you fancied, bar one of course. And now that list of boroughs could be extended to Gravesham, for this morning the Department of Transport (DfT) announced its consultation on a bridge downstream of Dartford. For residents of Kent and for cross channel freight a crossing as far east as possible would be an enormous step forward.

As Roads Minister Stephen Hammond says, “There are some tough decisions to be made, but this is the first step in making sure that the residents, businesses and motorists who rely on the crossing receive the service they expect and deserve in the years to come”. Surely Bexley deserves the same, not the Medieval solution of resiting the Woolwich ferry? Where are the far sighted Bexley politicians prepared to make ‘tough decisions’? At the risk of appearing partisan, locally, they are all in the Labour party.

The consultation ends on 16th July and may be accessed via the Dft’s Press Release.

The London borough of Bexley. It’s unique. No Accident & Emergency service, no Underground, no Overground, no DLR, no river crossings. Not Listening!



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