Thurrock leader slams decision failure in crossing announcement

Thurrock leader slams decision failure in crossing announcement

Thurrock leader slams decision failure in crossing announcement

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THE failure to make a decision on the location of the Lower Thames Crossing could blight business and homes in the borough.

These are the views of Thurrock Council leader John Kent, who reacted angrily to this morning’s news that Option B had been thrown out and a definitive decision on the new crossing’s location had not been made.

Councillor Kent said by delaying the decision, transport bosses are ‘showing that there are some very serious questions that still need answering’.

Mr Kent said: “Businesses are already telling us they are concerned by the uncertainty caused by the previous delays – now there are further delays.

“Business doesn’t know whether or where to invest, and home owners along both route corridors are also left not knowing the future – it’s not good enough.

The two remaining options are Option A, which would see another crossing built next to the current Dartford-Thurrock crossing and Option C, which would connect the M2 with the A13 and the M25 between junctions 29 and 30 and would land between Coalhouse and Tilbury forts and travel north towards the Orsett Cock junction of the A13.

The announcement means Options A and C will be kept open until more environmental studies are carried out, which include studying potential further improvements on the M25 and A13.

The failure to make a decision has also been met with criticism from Essex County Council, with Rodney Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transportation, describing the announcement as 'extremely disappointing'.

Mr Bass said: “The consultation on options for a new crossing closed in July, so there has been ample time for a decision to be taken. This delay will obviously impact on the programme for delivery of the new crossing, so we would urge the DfT to act quickly to reach a decision as swiftly as possible."

However, the county authority favours Option C, and option heavily criticised by Thurrock MPs, as it feels it would support economic growth and relieve congestion at the existing crossing, as well as deal with the 'air quality' at the existing crossing.

Mr Bass said: "We repeat that whatever is done to enhance capacity of Dartford Crossing will require appropriate action to be taken to address existing pinch points on our road network at the A13 and A12 with the M25, the A127 with the A130 and the A130 with the A12.”

Mr Kent added that although he was frustrated that the announcement failed to confirm the crossing would not affect Thurrock, he added the authority could now press their case further.

“While I’m happy the government has realised its original proposals are unworkable, I’m also saddened that they didn’t decide to look at options further to the east.

“Our Green Belt and villages are still under threat from Option C – along with the congestion and jams a bigger junction on the A13 and a new junction on the M25 will cause – and any increased crossing close to the present one will simply guarantee more pollution and more jams across the west of the borough.

“We will continue the fight for Thurrock jobs and Thurrock growth and we still do not believe a new river crossing in Thurrock is needed - there are better, quicker and cheaper options available.

He said with the end of Dartford toll booths and the proposed investment in the A13’s junction with the M25 then there is no need for a crossing.

“Not only will traffic flow more easily north to south along the motorway, it will also provide an extra boost for local businesses – the ones we have now and the ones we want to attract in the future.

“Thurrock is going to become the import-export engine of the country over the next few years as well as the creative heart of Britain and the UK’s entrepreneurial centre.

“Proper investment in the roads infrastructure – that’s the A13 where it’s just a two-lane dual carriageway, Junctions 30 and 31, and the Lakeside links – is needed quickly to support that private investment here."

Nigel Holdcroft, Leader of Southend on Sea Borough Council agreed not making a decision felt like a 'lost opportunity'.

He said: “I welcome the news that the government recognises the strategic importance of a new crossing, particularly for encouraging growth in the Thames Gateway South Essex area.

"We’ll now be reviewing the statement and report in more detail and looking forward to contributing to the next steps, whilst making a strong case for investment directly benefiting Southend.

"We’ll continue encouraging consideration of a more ambitious alternative further to the east linking to the M11 which gives better access to Southend and avoids the M25 altogether.”

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11:28am Thu 12 Dec 13

P Church says...

Is it just me or does anyone else think that this should wait until after the toll booths are removed, then see how bad the traffic levels are
Is it just me or does anyone else think that this should wait until after the toll booths are removed, then see how bad the traffic levels are P Church
  • Score: 6

11:31am Thu 12 Dec 13

stuart695 says...

Option B has been cancelled purely on the basis of potential leisure developments on the Kent side, not due to the blight on existing humal lives on the Thurrock side. The government continue to view Thurrock as a building site to do with as they wsh. Presumably it is impossible to make a judgement on the crossing until they have the resutls of the London airports consultation. The crossing location must be dependent on this making a case for Boris Island or Stansted expansion. Rumours are it suggests Stansted expansion which must favour option C.Thurrock should be making every effort to ensure as much as possible of the new route is tunnelled. If they can do crossrail by tunnel through London they can certainly build large parts of a thames crossing by tunnel. HS2 includes several long tunnels inc a 5.5mile one in west london and a 7.5mile one near manchester/ and 11 miles of tunnel and cutting through the chilterns area of natural beauty. Council needs to get a campaing underway with Dartford side and and wildlife groups and environmental groups to ensure any option C is primarily tunnel.
Option B has been cancelled purely on the basis of potential leisure developments on the Kent side, not due to the blight on existing humal lives on the Thurrock side. The government continue to view Thurrock as a building site to do with as they wsh. Presumably it is impossible to make a judgement on the crossing until they have the resutls of the London airports consultation. The crossing location must be dependent on this making a case for Boris Island or Stansted expansion. Rumours are it suggests Stansted expansion which must favour option C.Thurrock should be making every effort to ensure as much as possible of the new route is tunnelled. If they can do crossrail by tunnel through London they can certainly build large parts of a thames crossing by tunnel. HS2 includes several long tunnels inc a 5.5mile one in west london and a 7.5mile one near manchester/ and 11 miles of tunnel and cutting through the chilterns area of natural beauty. Council needs to get a campaing underway with Dartford side and and wildlife groups and environmental groups to ensure any option C is primarily tunnel. stuart695
  • Score: 4

1:22pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Bernard 87 says...

The best option is Option D.

A new motorway could be cut through the Hoo Peninsula in Kent with no need to go through villages (unlike the decimation of Orsett and West Tilbury with Option C) linking the M2 near Rochester with the A130 somewhere west of Canvey Island.

A new junction on the island itself could allow for a new road to be built to Corringham/DP World giving the residents of Canvey the much needed third road off the island. An enlarged A130 then links up to the A13 or A12.

That is is only route that makes sense to me. Ploughing a motorway through the most rural part of Thurrock to then feed traffic back along the M25 is a stupid idea devised by someone with no local knowledge or common sense.

John Kent needs to form a strong bond with Southends leader, Jackie Doyle Price, Stephen Metcalfe, Haverings leader, Dartfords leader and Graveshams leader to push an alternative option.

Thurrock needs to stop being the dumping ground.
The best option is Option D. A new motorway could be cut through the Hoo Peninsula in Kent with no need to go through villages (unlike the decimation of Orsett and West Tilbury with Option C) linking the M2 near Rochester with the A130 somewhere west of Canvey Island. A new junction on the island itself could allow for a new road to be built to Corringham/DP World giving the residents of Canvey the much needed third road off the island. An enlarged A130 then links up to the A13 or A12. That is is only route that makes sense to me. Ploughing a motorway through the most rural part of Thurrock to then feed traffic back along the M25 is a stupid idea devised by someone with no local knowledge or common sense. John Kent needs to form a strong bond with Southends leader, Jackie Doyle Price, Stephen Metcalfe, Haverings leader, Dartfords leader and Graveshams leader to push an alternative option. Thurrock needs to stop being the dumping ground. Bernard 87
  • Score: 4

1:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Rob-C100 says...

I agree that we should wait to see the impact of removing the toll booths - or are they contemplating another crossing to create yet another cash cow in the future just like the present one.
I agree that we should wait to see the impact of removing the toll booths - or are they contemplating another crossing to create yet another cash cow in the future just like the present one. Rob-C100
  • Score: 1

8:07pm Thu 12 Dec 13

aks123 says...

Bernard 87 wrote:
The best option is Option D.

A new motorway could be cut through the Hoo Peninsula in Kent with no need to go through villages (unlike the decimation of Orsett and West Tilbury with Option C) linking the M2 near Rochester with the A130 somewhere west of Canvey Island.

A new junction on the island itself could allow for a new road to be built to Corringham/DP World giving the residents of Canvey the much needed third road off the island. An enlarged A130 then links up to the A13 or A12.

That is is only route that makes sense to me. Ploughing a motorway through the most rural part of Thurrock to then feed traffic back along the M25 is a stupid idea devised by someone with no local knowledge or common sense.

John Kent needs to form a strong bond with Southends leader, Jackie Doyle Price, Stephen Metcalfe, Haverings leader, Dartfords leader and Graveshams leader to push an alternative option.

Thurrock needs to stop being the dumping ground.
I could not agree more.
[quote][p][bold]Bernard 87[/bold] wrote: The best option is Option D. A new motorway could be cut through the Hoo Peninsula in Kent with no need to go through villages (unlike the decimation of Orsett and West Tilbury with Option C) linking the M2 near Rochester with the A130 somewhere west of Canvey Island. A new junction on the island itself could allow for a new road to be built to Corringham/DP World giving the residents of Canvey the much needed third road off the island. An enlarged A130 then links up to the A13 or A12. That is is only route that makes sense to me. Ploughing a motorway through the most rural part of Thurrock to then feed traffic back along the M25 is a stupid idea devised by someone with no local knowledge or common sense. John Kent needs to form a strong bond with Southends leader, Jackie Doyle Price, Stephen Metcalfe, Haverings leader, Dartfords leader and Graveshams leader to push an alternative option. Thurrock needs to stop being the dumping ground.[/p][/quote]I could not agree more. aks123
  • Score: 3

8:47am Fri 13 Dec 13

Browser007200 says...

Without doubt thurock is a dump site for GLC migration because of the Olympic games amd any other reason they wish thurrock council has for years employed staff who have mo idea on what its like to love in a village. Continuing the trend to demonise anyone living in the east of the borough from Orsett to Corringham is fast becomimg a mass housimg project,the port project might be ok for jobs though i dount it will be that great for locals against the suffering endured by the lack of inferstructure to accomodate such a change, road wise we have had little support for foresite im building major roads in eastern essex amd beyond, i do not believe we need another bridge ot tunnel in thurrock at all, whatnwe need is free crossing for all, improved roads bigger lanes to A roads and M11 to at least Three Lanes to the north ie cambridge, A14 on we need locally three Lanes along the A13 the ridiculous roundabout at the Sorrells is already a nightmare in Progress, come on everyone please wake up ! Deadlock awaits, 8 uears ago we could see gridlock amd its more or less,here in the mornings from stanford to M25 amd on the A13 up to barking ! Glad im retired. Feel sorry for drivers and people going to work !must becostimg the country a fortune. Thats you and me folks!
Without doubt thurock is a dump site for GLC migration because of the Olympic games amd any other reason they wish thurrock council has for years employed staff who have mo idea on what its like to love in a village. Continuing the trend to demonise anyone living in the east of the borough from Orsett to Corringham is fast becomimg a mass housimg project,the port project might be ok for jobs though i dount it will be that great for locals against the suffering endured by the lack of inferstructure to accomodate such a change, road wise we have had little support for foresite im building major roads in eastern essex amd beyond, i do not believe we need another bridge ot tunnel in thurrock at all, whatnwe need is free crossing for all, improved roads bigger lanes to A roads and M11 to at least Three Lanes to the north ie cambridge, A14 on we need locally three Lanes along the A13 the ridiculous roundabout at the Sorrells is already a nightmare in Progress, come on everyone please wake up ! Deadlock awaits, 8 uears ago we could see gridlock amd its more or less,here in the mornings from stanford to M25 amd on the A13 up to barking ! Glad im retired. Feel sorry for drivers and people going to work !must becostimg the country a fortune. Thats you and me folks! Browser007200
  • Score: 1

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