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  • "this is bad news for anyone in South Essex and Dartford/Gravesham. A further bridge crossing within 5-10 miles of the current site will be subject to the same or more closures that affects the current bridge -high wind, terror etc. When both close on a windy day the traffic gridlock will extend across all of Thurrock, and beyond into Basildon, Upminster etc. Lakeside, Bluewater and the ports will all suffer. Big business in Sth Essex and East London, South Essex councils and Havering, Dartford & Gravesham and environmental groups should be harnessed by Thurrock council in pushing to ensure the new crossing is a tunnel that extends well beyond the riverside, almost to the proposed Motorway joining points. That solves the congestion, air quality and environmental issues in a single solution. And gives a boost to the UK tunnelling industry."
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New river crossing will land in Thurrock, Government confirms

New river crossing will land in Thurrock, Government confirms

The Government confirms it will not look again at options D and E, meaning any new crossing will land in Thurrock

The Government confirms it will not look again at options D and E, meaning any new crossing will land in Thurrock

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Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

A NEW river crossing WILL land in Thurrock, the Government has confirmed.

Despite pleas from Thurrock’s MPs, ministers have refused to look again at options D and E, which would link Kent with Canvey Island or Southend.

At a debate in Westminster, Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price revealed a new crossing next to the current Thurrock to Dartford one - option A - would fail to deal with the borough’s clogged up road network and could lead to the closure of Vopak’s vital West Thurrock fuel terminal - causing problems for the regions fuel supply.

She added option C, landing between Tilbury Fort and Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury, would also add to traffic woes on the A13.

Ms Doyle-Price criticised Thurrock Council and Essex County Council for their lack of vision, saying “poor leadership” had “let residents down”.

Stephen Metcalfe, the South Basildon and East Thurrock MP, said options D and E could help the growth of Southend Airport.

But transport minister Robert Goodwill, said options D and E would not be revisited. The government is taking a closer look at concerns over options A and C, such as further improvements which may be required on the M25 and A13.

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