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Call to widen M25

A GOVERNMENT-commissioned report on the future of the M25 out this week recommends widening of the motorway and a new Thames crossing east of Dartford.

Carried out by consultant Halliburton KBR, the report warns that, if nothing is done, the M25 will see a 33 per cent increase in traffic by 2016.

Better management of roadworks on the M25 could improve traffic conditions, it adds.

Support for major rail infrastructure developments such as CrossRail and Thameslink 2000, alongside improvements to orbital lines such as the North Downs Line, are also recommended.

Final recommendations will be submitted to regional planning bodies and London mayor Ken Livingstone in the autumn.