Essex County Council back Option C

Essex County Council back Option C

Option C has been favoured by ECC. Option C variant is no longer an option.

The current crossing at Dartford is regularly congested.

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a Lower Thames Crossing have received a major boost after they were backed by Essex County Council.

Out of the four options available, the authority’s chiefs feel Option C is the way forward.

It would connect the M2 with the A13 and the M25, between junctions 29 and 30, and would pass very close to South Ockendon, Orsett, Chadwell St Mary, West Tilbury, East Tilbury, cutting across West Tilbury Marshes.

However the county council bosses warned the Department for Transport must evaluate the impact this would have on local infrastructure.

A spokesman said: “Option C provides the greatest economic benefit to Essex.

“It relieves congestion at the existing Dartford Crossing and provides a new strategic link between the Channel Ports, Essex and much of the UK.

“However, we have noted in our consultation response that further work is necessary to ensure the new crossing ,and its approach roads, have a minimal impact on the environment, local residents and the local road network adjacent to the proposed crossing.”

London mayor Boris Johnson has already said he favours Option C, but South Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe said it is the worst possible option for Thurrock.

He said: “The county council’s announcement doesn’t come as any surprise to me.

“Option C will be of huge detriment and is the most invasive to Thurrock.

“The environmental impacts would be huge and I have met with ministers and the secretary of state to express my views.

“We need to look east or west of the existing crossing.

“The M25 will have reached capacity in the next 30 years so maybe we should be looking at an outer London orbital road now.”

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price has been quite clear with her stance that Thurrock can simply not cope with anymore pressure on its infrastructure. She prefers option D which will link the M2 link to Canvey.

 

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A WILDLIFE care home could close if a new Thames crossing becomes a reality, it is feared.

South Essex Wildlife Hospital, in Orsett Road, Orsett, was founded in 1995 by Sue Schwar as there was no alternative wildlife care centre in the area.

However, it could face closure as the new crossing will cut right through Orsett - dividing much of the borough.

Mrs Schwar said: “This will cause us a huge problem.

“It will destroy a couple of towns and leave our business in a very bad way. Ican’t just up sticks and move.

“We have got a very raw deal, but I am concerned a lot of local people don’t understand the consequences.”

Mrs Schwar said she was speaking with local residents associations in an attempt to form a plan of action.

She added: “We can’t afford to sit and wait for this to happen. We need to stop it.”

 

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WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Option A: new road at the site of the existing A282 Dartford-Thurrock crossing

Option B: new road connecting the A2 with the A1089

Option C: new road connecting the M2 with the A13 and the M25 between junctions 29 and 30

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4:26pm Sat 9 Nov 13

Sheridan Farquhar says...

Excuse my ignorance, but Thurrock is independent of Essex County Council, so what jurisdiction does Essex County Council have?
Excuse my ignorance, but Thurrock is independent of Essex County Council, so what jurisdiction does Essex County Council have? Sheridan Farquhar
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6:50pm Sat 9 Nov 13

Thurrock bus man says...

All of the options aren't great but Option A is pointless, Option B sounds 'reasonable' and Option C would help alleviate traffic at the Lakeside end of Thurrock but they should think about the effect it would have on local people and on the wildlife inparticular.
All of the options aren't great but Option A is pointless, Option B sounds 'reasonable' and Option C would help alleviate traffic at the Lakeside end of Thurrock but they should think about the effect it would have on local people and on the wildlife inparticular. Thurrock bus man
  • Score: 1

11:11pm Sat 9 Nov 13

d_2da_ougle says...

Sheridan Farquhar wrote:
Excuse my ignorance, but Thurrock is independent of Essex County Council, so what jurisdiction does Essex County Council have?
not sure if you are aware of this essex county council still control our budget for big road schemes we still have to lobby them for monies if we want any improvements to the a13, not sure if your aware that dp world have put in 10 million into a scheme for widening the a13 in thurrock its all black and white really option c will happen
[quote][p][bold]Sheridan Farquhar[/bold] wrote: Excuse my ignorance, but Thurrock is independent of Essex County Council, so what jurisdiction does Essex County Council have?[/p][/quote]not sure if you are aware of this essex county council still control our budget for big road schemes we still have to lobby them for monies if we want any improvements to the a13, not sure if your aware that dp world have put in 10 million into a scheme for widening the a13 in thurrock its all black and white really option c will happen d_2da_ougle
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8:39pm Sun 10 Nov 13

Bernard 87 says...

Essex County Council will not doubt prefer Option C as it goes closest to their jurisdiction without ruining any of their council area.

Option C is the worst option as will effectively cut Thurrock in half. The borough would be the only authority to have so much damage done to its countryside and villages. Orsett and historic West Tilbury would be obliterated, South Ockendon would be hemmed in by two motorways and North Ockendon in Havering would cease to be a village if the junction is built on top of it.

The best option would be linking Canvey with Medway, via the Hoo Peninsula and then through to the A130 and onto the A12. This would mean heavily populated places would not have to have their countryside ruined, a much shorter section of new road would need to be laid and better connections made for residents on Canvey and Hoo.

All the Thurrock options should be discarded
Essex County Council will not doubt prefer Option C as it goes closest to their jurisdiction without ruining any of their council area. Option C is the worst option as will effectively cut Thurrock in half. The borough would be the only authority to have so much damage done to its countryside and villages. Orsett and historic West Tilbury would be obliterated, South Ockendon would be hemmed in by two motorways and North Ockendon in Havering would cease to be a village if the junction is built on top of it. The best option would be linking Canvey with Medway, via the Hoo Peninsula and then through to the A130 and onto the A12. This would mean heavily populated places would not have to have their countryside ruined, a much shorter section of new road would need to be laid and better connections made for residents on Canvey and Hoo. All the Thurrock options should be discarded Bernard 87
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10:40am Mon 11 Nov 13

OckendonPaul says...

Option C is nuts. Apart from destroying the only fenland in Essex it merely moves the junction for the M2 from Kent into Essex.
It uses 15 miles of road and bridges to do a job currently done by 300yds of road in Kent.
The vast majority of traffic driving south from the crossing currently sails straight past this junction or turns right into London - and will continue to do so.
Madness. The worlds most expensive sliproad?
Option C is nuts. Apart from destroying the only fenland in Essex it merely moves the junction for the M2 from Kent into Essex. It uses 15 miles of road and bridges to do a job currently done by 300yds of road in Kent. The vast majority of traffic driving south from the crossing currently sails straight past this junction or turns right into London - and will continue to do so. Madness. The worlds most expensive sliproad? OckendonPaul
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4:28pm Mon 11 Nov 13

Mattster says...

As above, ECC want C as it destroys Thurrock without any fear of reprisals at the ballot box as Thurrock dosent have any wards that can elect any ECC Councilors. Calling it a transparent decision dosent even come close.

But at least Thurrock will get to keep their street lights next year!
As above, ECC want C as it destroys Thurrock without any fear of reprisals at the ballot box as Thurrock dosent have any wards that can elect any ECC Councilors. Calling it a transparent decision dosent even come close. But at least Thurrock will get to keep their street lights next year! Mattster
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2:28pm Mon 2 Dec 13

LadyOr says...

I have to say that none of the options makes any sense. A Thames crossing between A249 and the A127 would remove entirely the congestion and provide more value. The other three options are to close together and will not encourage alternative routes. Connect Westcliff on Sea, Essex with Sheerness, Kent and open the doors between the costal areas.

Also I think that tunnelling might cost more but would provide a better solution unless the bridge worked as a flood defence and hydro powered.
I have to say that none of the options makes any sense. A Thames crossing between A249 and the A127 would remove entirely the congestion and provide more value. The other three options are to close together and will not encourage alternative routes. Connect Westcliff on Sea, Essex with Sheerness, Kent and open the doors between the costal areas. Also I think that tunnelling might cost more but would provide a better solution unless the bridge worked as a flood defence and hydro powered. LadyOr
  • Score: 0

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