§ The Minister for Local Government and Development (Mr. Graham Page)
Yesterday the Dartford Tunnel Joint Committee was informed of my right hon. Friend's agreement to its building a second tunnel. It hopes to start building the tunnel next year with a view to its completion by the end of 1976.
§ Mr. Trew
I am grateful for my hon. Friend's announcement, which will be warmly welcomed. In view of the speed with which traffic is building up in the existing tunnel, will my hon. Friend say what can be done to shorten the estimated construction period? Second, will he encourage the tunnel committee to raise the finance for this project on the open market?
§ Mr. McCrindle
Would my hon. Friend note that from the Essex side we 401 give a warm welcome to the announcement. But, in view of the growing pressure of traffic on that side of the existing tunnel, would he bear in mind the possibility of improving existing approach roads from the Essex side of the tunnel, thereby eliminating the mistakes committed in the first instance?