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Planning permission granted for new Erith road bridge

PUBLISHED: 17:02 06 September 2011

A new bridge is hoped to ease the congestion at this crossing

A new bridge is hoped to ease the congestion at this crossing

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A multi-million pound road bridge has been given the go ahead by councillors despite the funding not being in place.

Bexley councillors granted planning permission for a new bridge to be built next to the two existing bridges over the railway lines at the junction of Bexley Road and Queens Road, Erith in a bid to reduce gridlock and accidents, last Thursday (1).

It would mean the crossing would have three lanes east-bound and two west-bound.

But no funding for the project, estimated to cost between £6m to £8m, is in place.

A spokesman for the council said: “We will continue to look at sources of funding. None have been identified so far so we are unable to say when or where applications will be made.

“No council money has been identified for this scheme. We have no way of knowing how successful funding applications would be.”

Council bosses hope they will have a better chance of getting funding from central government now they have been granted planning permission which lasts five years.

Pedestrians would also be able to use the bridge and there will be a traffic island in the middle to ensure a safe crossing.

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