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New River Thames crossing proposed by Kent council

The QE2 Thames bridge Dartford River Crossing

Plans to build a new River Thames crossing between Kent and Essex have moved a step closer.

Kent County Council said it planned a feasibility study with Essex County Council to build a bridge or tunnel.

The crossing could be sited between Gravesend and either Tilbury or Canvey Island.

The council said the crossing, which could cost £1 billion, could be built by a private company and paid for by a toll system.

Kent County Council leader Paul Carter said a new crossing could raise about £30m a year.

He believes the crossing should be an integral part of the council's infrastructure planning for the next 30 years.

The results of the feasibility study are expected to be known in the next few weeks.

The two counties are already linked by two road tunnels and the Queen Elizabeth II bridge between Dartford and Thurrock, which carry the M25 traffic across the Thames.

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