By Ben Riley-Smith, Political Correspondent
Chancellor invests £75 million into plans for one of the longest road tunnels in the world despite fears it may cause "psychological difficulties"
Britain is to build one of the longest road tunnels in the world, under plans to be announced in George Osborne's Budget.
The Chancellor will pledge an initial £75 million to fund the 18-mile Trans-Pennine tunnel beneath the Peak District to better connect Sheffield and Manchester.
Bob Lane, of the campaign group Abridge2far, said: “It is important for Gareth Johnson MP and the people of Dartford to understand that people in Shorne and the surrounding areas are extremely sympathetic to the congestion and pollution they are suffering.
“We are also well aware that the Dartford Crossing will still be there long after any new crossing is built, so it is extremely important that the problems they have are resolved.
“However, we do not believe that putting a new crossing east of Gravesend will do anything to address the problems at Dartford; all it will do will spread these problems to thousands of other people not currently affected, while leaving the same situation at Dartford.”
Former civil engineer has an alternative Option A for the lower Thames Crossing, and it's supported by Gravesham's council leader
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