M25 closure chaos sparks new crossing calls

THE Thurrock MP has called on the Government to rethink plans for a Lower Thames Crossing after motorists had to endure seven-hour delays following a security scare at the Dartford Crossing.

Jackie Doyle-Price has long been an advocate of another crossing linking Kent and Essex and has been critical of plans to build one that would cut across Thurrock.

She said she has used last Friday’s incident to show Government that options D – an M2 link to Canvey Island and E – an Isle of Grain link to the east of Southend.

Thousands of motorists travelling between Essex and Kent on the M25 ground to a halt on Friday, September 6 as police closed both the bridge and the tunnel at 4pm following reports of suspicious activity.

Army bomb disposal experts, ambulances and emergency service vehicles attended the scene after a device with wires was found on a Dover-bound coach after a man got off just after it had gone through the toll booths.

The man was later detained under the Mental Health Act.

The knock-on effects were felt in London, with severe delays in East Ham, Beckton, Bow, Woolwich, at the Blackwall Tunnel and all approaches to the M25.

The A11, A12 and A13 also experienced heavy traffic.

Ms Doyle Price said she had spoken to the Chancellor about funding implications linked to the issue.

She said: “Friday’s chaos proves there are not enough crossings east of Tower Bridge.

“When the Dartford Crossing closes vast areas become car parks causing misery for motorists.

“It also illustrates the options under consideration are the wrong ones. They would simply add to congestion on the M25 and the A13.

“The Government needs to think again. A new crossing at Canvey offers the opportunity to link the M2 and the M11 and establish a new outer ring road. Dependency on too few crossings brings real risk which is costing our economy badly.”

“I have used the incident on Friday to ask the Government to look again at options D and E – a crossing at Canvey or at Southend.”

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said on a recent visit to Thurrock that Option C – that would connect the M2 with the A13 and the M25 between junctions 29 and 30 – had “attractions”.

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9:00am Fri 13 Sep 13

Bernard 87 says...

If an event like last weekend was to happen again option C would be heavily affected as well.

A Kent to Canvey crossing, linking up the M2 with the A130 and A13 is the best solution and the least destructive. Thurrock simply cannot handle another crossing.
If an event like last weekend was to happen again option C would be heavily affected as well. A Kent to Canvey crossing, linking up the M2 with the A130 and A13 is the best solution and the least destructive. Thurrock simply cannot handle another crossing. Bernard 87

11:59am Fri 13 Sep 13

stuart695 says...

From 6pm last Friday. Thurrock through roads west of the Treacle Mine roundabout at Nth Grays were pretty much in gridlock, inc the A13, A concurrent event on a further crossing under the, B or C option would also gridlock everything west of this point. ie all through roads in the borough, blocking the Thames gateway inc the 2 key ports.. As terroist threats or false alarms are likely to affedt all the crossings at once, a futher crossing in Thurrock is putting all your eggs in one basket and offering those groups determined to disrupt the econonmy a great way to achieve it.
From 6pm last Friday. Thurrock through roads west of the Treacle Mine roundabout at Nth Grays were pretty much in gridlock, inc the A13, A concurrent event on a further crossing under the, B or C option would also gridlock everything west of this point. ie all through roads in the borough, blocking the Thames gateway inc the 2 key ports.. As terroist threats or false alarms are likely to affedt all the crossings at once, a futher crossing in Thurrock is putting all your eggs in one basket and offering those groups determined to disrupt the econonmy a great way to achieve it. stuart695

11:59am Fri 13 Sep 13

stuart695 says...

From 6pm last Friday. Thurrock through roads west of the Treacle Mine roundabout at Nth Grays were pretty much in gridlock, inc the A13, A concurrent event on a further crossing under the, B or C option would also gridlock everything west of this point. ie all through roads in the borough, blocking the Thames gateway inc the 2 key ports.. As terroist threats or false alarms are likely to affedt all the crossings at once, a futher crossing in Thurrock is putting all your eggs in one basket and offering those groups determined to disrupt the econonmy a great way to achieve it.
From 6pm last Friday. Thurrock through roads west of the Treacle Mine roundabout at Nth Grays were pretty much in gridlock, inc the A13, A concurrent event on a further crossing under the, B or C option would also gridlock everything west of this point. ie all through roads in the borough, blocking the Thames gateway inc the 2 key ports.. As terroist threats or false alarms are likely to affedt all the crossings at once, a futher crossing in Thurrock is putting all your eggs in one basket and offering those groups determined to disrupt the econonmy a great way to achieve it. stuart695

3:18pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Dave_ says...

If the poice and or highways agency actually applied some commonsense and instigated diversions for different locations at different junctions, there wouldn't be or a lessened effect in terms of roads being gridlocked. If you chose to ignore the diversion, that would your perogative.
I have been coming home from different places and heard that there are problems on the M25 and taken a different route and diverted if I've come into problems, rather than just sit in traffic for hours, all without the aid of a sat nav.
Putting another crossing in would create the same problems elsewhere and if there were incidents at both simultaneously (not impossible), it would be a total nightmare.
If the poice and or highways agency actually applied some commonsense and instigated diversions for different locations at different junctions, there wouldn't be or a lessened effect in terms of roads being gridlocked. If you chose to ignore the diversion, that would your perogative. I have been coming home from different places and heard that there are problems on the M25 and taken a different route and diverted if I've come into problems, rather than just sit in traffic for hours, all without the aid of a sat nav. Putting another crossing in would create the same problems elsewhere and if there were incidents at both simultaneously (not impossible), it would be a total nightmare. Dave_

3:42am Sat 14 Sep 13

Figgis1965 says...

call me a cynic but was that convenient timing having an incident like that just when the biggest call was to wait to see what result would be of the high speed tolls. And forgive me saying but the crossing was supposed to revert to free once it was paid for or have people forgotten that? If they want another crossing then it has to be written in stone that after it has paid for itself then both crossings become free instead of the cash cows they are now! We discovered last year that it is indeed the tolls that cause the congestion when they had the power outage and had to raise the barriers.
call me a cynic but was that convenient timing having an incident like that just when the biggest call was to wait to see what result would be of the high speed tolls. And forgive me saying but the crossing was supposed to revert to free once it was paid for or have people forgotten that? If they want another crossing then it has to be written in stone that after it has paid for itself then both crossings become free instead of the cash cows they are now! We discovered last year that it is indeed the tolls that cause the congestion when they had the power outage and had to raise the barriers. Figgis1965

6:30pm Sat 14 Sep 13

d_2da_ougle says...

im not saying the crossing don't cause a lot of chaos but i really don't think it has devalued homes, if anything it would of added value by making thurrock more accessible to people and attractive to business to come here if you do a simple bit of research into the planning applications for lakeside and the history of the ch afford puts you would see that there was little interest in developing the land there until the crossing bridge came along
im not saying the crossing don't cause a lot of chaos but i really don't think it has devalued homes, if anything it would of added value by making thurrock more accessible to people and attractive to business to come here if you do a simple bit of research into the planning applications for lakeside and the history of the ch afford puts you would see that there was little interest in developing the land there until the crossing bridge came along d_2da_ougle

1:37pm Fri 27 Sep 13

The Hog says...

The tolls have paid for the bridge twice over,it should now be free.
Another crossing is needed but can it incorporate rail. Why do I have to travel to London and then back out again,too travel to the south coast.
There has been this big promised plan to put more freight on to the rail network which will have to travel into London and back out again to travel south... Listening to our MP is not really a good idea. If she knows her time as MP is over here in Thurrock. She will just move back to Sheffield or parachuted into her next safe seat,That she will confess to love the local area and the people in it....Local jobs for local people,doesn't work the same if your an MP.
The tolls have paid for the bridge twice over,it should now be free. Another crossing is needed but can it incorporate rail. Why do I have to travel to London and then back out again,too travel to the south coast. There has been this big promised plan to put more freight on to the rail network which will have to travel into London and back out again to travel south... Listening to our MP is not really a good idea. If she knows her time as MP is over here in Thurrock. She will just move back to Sheffield or parachuted into her next safe seat,That she will confess to love the local area and the people in it....Local jobs for local people,doesn't work the same if your an MP. The Hog

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