Thurrock committee to probe new Thames Crossing plans

Thurrock Gazette: Thurrock committee to probe new Thames Crossing plans Thurrock committee to probe new Thames Crossing plans

A COMMITTEE of councillors, ministers and other officials will meet to discuss plans for a new Thames Crossing in Thurrock. 

Thurrock Council is inviting the representatives to the borough to discuss proposals for another Lower Thames Crossing on Monday, July 1. 

The meeting will be open to the public and will have two sessions - one in the afternoon and one in the evening. 

The afternoon session, starting at 2pm, will include discussions with experts and interest groups from inside and outside the borough. Among those invited are the Highways Agency, Department for Transport, MPs and senior councilors from areas affected by the proposals - Thurrock, Dartford, Gravesham and Medway.

At 7pm there will be a public meeting for residents, community groups and other Thurrock councillors.

The government is running a consultation on three proposed options for a new crossing which is available here: www.thurrock.gov.uk

Councillor Gerard Rice said: “It is important that the council and local people have as much information as possible before they respond to the consultation.

“We must be able to say no to the three options and either suggest an alternative route or explain why a crossing isn't needed.

“Simply saying no is not the way to go, we need a reasoned approach.”

Council leader, John Kent, added: “It seems like a great idea. We should ask civil servants and politicians to come here and explain the reasons they are support or objecting these options.”

Residents are invited to have their say and anybody interested in taking part in the evening session is asked to email tfurber@thurrock.gov.uk so arrangements can be made.

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2:55pm Tue 18 Jun 13

FullSP says...

Reason for the congestion on the M25.....the tolls at Dartford! Get rid of them and you won't need another crossing! Sorry if I'm missing something other than the government bleeding us dry!!
Reason for the congestion on the M25.....the tolls at Dartford! Get rid of them and you won't need another crossing! Sorry if I'm missing something other than the government bleeding us dry!! FullSP

10:51am Wed 19 Jun 13

Bernard 87 says...

One thing you have to say about Thatcher was that she was a woman of her word. I can't help but think if her government or another Tory government were in power in 2002-3 when the bridge was paid off, then they would have scrapped the tolls rather than converting it into a congestion charge - which is what Labour did.

Fast forward 10 years and we now have a government who are proving to be a continuation of the last one who are simply ignoring the real reason behind all the traffic.

After reading the governments report on the matter I conclude that Thurrock/Dartford/Gr
avesend will get another crossing regardless of what anyone says at this meeting as a new flood defence is needed for London and this will be incorporated into the new bridge. This is also the reason why a tunnel has not been suggested.

These meetings/consultatio
ns are nothing more than a damage limitation exercise while the Tories are giving more and more people in South Essex and North Kent a reason to abandon them and head for Mr Farage's club.
One thing you have to say about Thatcher was that she was a woman of her word. I can't help but think if her government or another Tory government were in power in 2002-3 when the bridge was paid off, then they would have scrapped the tolls rather than converting it into a congestion charge - which is what Labour did. Fast forward 10 years and we now have a government who are proving to be a continuation of the last one who are simply ignoring the real reason behind all the traffic. After reading the governments report on the matter I conclude that Thurrock/Dartford/Gr avesend will get another crossing regardless of what anyone says at this meeting as a new flood defence is needed for London and this will be incorporated into the new bridge. This is also the reason why a tunnel has not been suggested. These meetings/consultatio ns are nothing more than a damage limitation exercise while the Tories are giving more and more people in South Essex and North Kent a reason to abandon them and head for Mr Farage's club. Bernard 87

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