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Dartford River Crossing Study into Capacity Requirement

Study objectives

The Department for Transport (DfT) commissioned a study into ways to address capacity constraints at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing.

The Study had the following objectives:

  • To advise the DfT about the future requirement for crossing capacity across the lower Thames over 30 years to 2037. This should include an initial evaluation of what role other modes (e.g. light / heavy rail, bus) might play in any plans for new capacity, leading to agreed options for evaluation. The study should look at demand and the consequential impacts (environmental and economic) of meeting that demand with new infrastructure.
  • To investigate what may be done to improve traffic flow through the existing Dartford Crossing in the short to medium term, known as ‘making better use’ of the Crossing. This work should take into account existing Highways Agency plans for the Crossing and the motorway network in the immediate vicinity.
  • To make best use of available traffic models to help understand the nature of current demand at the Crossing, the likely evolution of that demand and the impact that various options might have.

The Study fulfils the above objectives by reviewing previous reports and appraisals that have been carried out at the Dartford Crossing over the last 15 years. Where appropriate, this information has been assimilated and brought up to date, while recommendations have been made for further work where necessary. The output from this Study is designed to inform any future investigatory work on potential interventions for making better use of the existing Crossing and where necessary, options to provide additional future crossing capacity.

Chapter 1 - Executive summary (156 kb)

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Chapter 2 - Introduction (167 kb)

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Chapter 3 - Origins of the study (62 kb)

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Chapter 4 - Transportation Modelling (116 kb)

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Chapter 5 - Understanding the problem road (2 Mb)

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Chapter 6 - Understanding the problem rail (255 kb)

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Chapter 7 - Business as usual (489 kb)

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Chapter 8 - Making better use of the Dartford (283 kb)

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Chapter 9 - Summary of Stakeholder Engagement (110 kb)

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Chapter 10 - Additional Capacity Options (1 Mb)

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Chapter 11 - Conclusions and Recommendations (83 kb)

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Appendices (3 Mb)

Dartford River Crossing Study into Capacity Requirement.

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