Council leader calls for crossing decision

Option C is favoured

Option C is favoured

First published in News Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

THE leader of Thurrock Council has written to the Government asking them what the delay is in announcing their preferred option for a new Lower Thames Crossing.

The Department for Transport had pledged to reveal its favoured crossing route in October after consulting on three options in June and July.

But as we approach mid-November, it is still not known which of the three options the Government will back.

Option A would see a new crossing built close to the QEII Bridge, option B would crossing be just to the east of Grays and west of Tilbury Docks, landing on the Dock Approach Road towards the A13 and option C would land between Coalhouse and Tilbury forts and travelling north towards the Orsett Cock junction of the A13.

Essex County Council recently announced that it preferred option C, along with Kent County Council, while Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price has stated her opposition to all three options and lobbied the Government to look at options further east.

In his letter to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, Labour’s John Kent said: “I am writing to express my disappointment about the delay in you announcing the outcome of the consultation on the Lower Thames Crossing, and to seek some clarity on when Thurrock’s fate will be announced.

“We had been led to believe that your decision was to have been made in the late summer, but I understand it is not now expected for quite some time.

“This is very disappointing for me personally, for the council as a whole and for the people of Thurrock. We need to know what the government is planning so we can fully consider our position.”

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said: "The location of the crossing is an important one and can not be rushed. With traffic levels expected to increase by a fifth over the next 30 years, there is no doubt that we need another crossing if our road network is able to meet the future economic needs of the country.

"Over 5,700 people responded to the Lower Thames Crossing consultation and it is vital that all of those responses are carefully considered before a decision is made by the end of the year."

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8:22am Thu 14 Nov 13

stuart695 says...

Great to see John Kent now taking a proactive approach to the crossing decision. But as numerous infrastructure 'plans' indicate, south essex is considered a service site for London by the government of all shades. It might have been stronger if he had negotiated a joint approach with Dartford/Gravesham council chiefs.Proactive campaigns when the idea was first raised would have been more useful; seems like now we should be putting efforts into making sure the decided option is primarily tunnelled and not overland.
Great to see John Kent now taking a proactive approach to the crossing decision. But as numerous infrastructure 'plans' indicate, south essex is considered a service site for London by the government of all shades. It might have been stronger if he had negotiated a joint approach with Dartford/Gravesham council chiefs.Proactive campaigns when the idea was first raised would have been more useful; seems like now we should be putting efforts into making sure the decided option is primarily tunnelled and not overland. stuart695
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11:46am Thu 14 Nov 13

Indred Cold says...

Late as ever
Late as ever Indred Cold
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12:54pm Fri 15 Nov 13

DannyButcher says...

Indred Cold wrote:
Late as ever
JDP is as useless as a chocolate teapot. She seems to change her tune with the weather!
[quote][p][bold]Indred Cold[/bold] wrote: Late as ever[/p][/quote]JDP is as useless as a chocolate teapot. She seems to change her tune with the weather! DannyButcher
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