"Nobody wants to leave their child in nursery until 7 o’clock and that is not something I ever wanted to"Michelle: Uses the Dartford Crossing every day for work
Hours in traffic, late to school, cancelled plans, missed appointments and delays to or from work.
Millions of people rely on roads to get to work, school and to see family and friends. The Dartford Crossing has one of the largest specialist traffic management teams of its kind dedicated to keeping it moving 24/7, but due to the huge volume of traffic it is one of the most unreliable roads in the UK and causes daily gridlock across the region.
Over 80% of people we asked support the need for a new crossing. You can hear their stories on how much of a problem it is for them, and how much they need the Lower Thames Crossing below.
"It’s very exhausting just thinking about traffic all day"Richard: A teacher in Dartford, the traffic makes recruiting staff challenging
Hear stories about how traffic from the Dartford Crossing impacts people's lives...
A new connection...
The Lower Thames Crossing will create a new reliable route over the Thames and tackle congestion for the crossing and on nearby roads such as busy sections of the A2, M2 and A13 and relieve congestion on local roads – easing traffic and making journeys quicker and more reliable.
It will also better connect the region and unlock growth with better access to jobs, work and education.
"It becomes a childcare problem, a caring problem. If you’ve got to get an appointment… We’re always checking..."Sarah: She likes living in Dartford but the traffic makes it difficult
"The cohort of students we’ve got in now they’ve had quite a disrupted time… Any missed opportunity for learning is a further hinderance for those kids"Alex: talks about the impacts traffic can have on his students, as well an emergency item he keeps in his car for those dreaded moments he’s delayed