Miles of queues on M25 and Dartford crossing yet again today

For pretty much the fifth day out of five this week there are miles of queues in Kent heading to the Dartford crossing.

Knock-on effects are seeing traffic backed up around Dartford and Greenwich.

While varying incidents have caused congestion this past week, it come against a backdrop of ever increasing traffic levels which clearly are not sustainable.

Traffic levels are already back to pre-lockdown levels despite many employees still on furlough – including 500,000 in London. Across the country it’s 1.3 million people.

Cuts to London transport are coming

Last weekend traffic numbers were already above pre-lockdown levels, while figures for buses, trains and tubes were all around 40-60 per cent.

The road network was at capacity before lockdown. It simply cannot cope with a mass switch of people from public transport to cars.

Despite that obvious fact, Government have this week insisted upon further above-inflation fare increases on London transport as part of a measure which will see £300 million of cuts and further fare increases this year alone, rising to £730 million in 2023. Public transport is deregulated in Kent with no input from Government on bus fares.

There seems little effort to encourage people back onto public transport right now. Initiatives seen in many other nations such as reduced fares for a limited time are nowhere to be seen.

In France, five million cheap tickets have gone on sale.

Belgium gave away 10 free tickets to every citizen last year.

In the UK, traffic is rising quickly with no apparent strategy in place to prevent gridlock.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Miles of queues on M25 and Dartford crossing yet again today

  • June 4, 2021 at 12:57 pm
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    Totally agree John, and local spin off traffic will be all blamed on cyclists and cycle lanes! Govt policy non existent to help. And soon enough there’ll be two tunnels feeding into the same size roads, so then they’ll expand the roads by yet another lane no doubt, knock down a load of trees and rows of houses with compulsory purchase and bump fares on PT up even more to finance it.

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  • June 5, 2021 at 7:40 am
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    With London already overpriced transport system and people making less money, guys shall we make it more expensive yet again.
    In Paris the mayoral candidate wanted to make the whole network free for all, I guess à middle have to be found

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  • June 6, 2021 at 7:10 am
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    Think they should trial a 70 mph on the bridge. And the tunnel on the right 60mph.get let the tankers just go. Without a escorts and the traffic lights. The tanker drivers a professional driver. Sure they can drive a mile safely through the tunnel.

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