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Damian Green calls on government to move forward with third Thames Crossing works

By Paul Francis

Ashford MP Damian Green has urged the government to move ahead with building the third Thames crossing - saying it would give a significant boost to the economy.

He raised the issue during today’s PMQs where he said that the scheme was an example of the government’s commitment to large-scale infrastructure.

He said that as many as 6,000 jobs could be created during the building of the project and provide a significant boost to the economy.

The original artist's impression of the proposed tunnel at Option C of the Lower Thames Crossing
The original artist's impression of the proposed tunnel at Option C of the Lower Thames Crossing

“It’s vital for long-term prosperity that the government maintains infrastructure investment.

"With this in mind, can I encourage the government to a practical idea and make an early start on the Lower Thames Crossing between Kent and Essex which would create 5,000 jobs, relieve pressure and create an economic boost to the whole side of the east of England?”

The PM said the scheme would unlock economic and growth opportunities for the region and the country.

She also acknowledged that not all living in the area supported the project.

“It will offer better connections and journeys and it is part of the biggest roads investment for a generation.”

There would be “further opportunities” for people to have their say, she added.

Such schemes had the potential to make a huge impact on both the regional and national economy, she said.

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