Crossing decision may be delayed, says Thurrock MP

Crossing decision may be delayed, says Thurrock MP

Crossing decision may be delayed, says Thurrock MP

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

THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle- Price says she has bought the borough more time to oppose a proposed new river crossing.

It comes after the House of Commons transport committee, a cross-party group chaired by Labour MP Louise Ellam, announced on Monday it would look at how river crossings are planned and financed.

The MP’s view is in contrast to that of the council, which insists a decision on where a new crossing will land could be announced within weeks.

Ms Doyle-Price said it would be sensible for the Government to delay making a decision until at least the autumn, when the MPs will report their findings.

She said: “I have been lobbying members of this committee for many months to encourage them to look at the congestion effects of the Dartford Crossing and to look at whether the proposed locations for the new Lower Thames crossing are adequate.

“I am sure the inquiry will inform the location of future crossings and it would be sensible for the Government to await the outcome of that inquiry before making a decision on the location of a new one.”

The Government is considering whether Option A, which would see a new crossing built next to the current one at Dartford, or Option C, which would land between Coalhouse Fort and Tilbury Fort, should be pursued.

Speaking at last week’s council meeting, leader John Kent said: “We’re expecting the Government to announce its final proposal for the new Thames crossing in the next fewweeks – which means it’s all the more important everyone signs our online petitions soon.”

A council spokesman said later: “Officers at the council have been advised that civil servants are looking for a decision to be made before Parliamentary recess on July 22.”

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7:12am Fri 20 Jun 14

m. kennedy says...

I am sure the inquiry will inform the location of future crossings and it would be sensible for the Government to await the outcome of that inquiry before making a decision on the location of a new one.”

So after Jackie Doyle Price latest piece of, psychobabble just like the rest of us she has not got a Danny LaRue where the crossing is going to be
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Well done Jackie when the government tells you you can tell us, I think that sums it up.

Why didn’t you just say that instead of all that toffee,

Just wish it was May already, and maybe we will get somebody that is fit for purpose
I am sure the inquiry will inform the location of future crossings and it would be sensible for the Government to await the outcome of that inquiry before making a decision on the location of a new one.” So after Jackie Doyle Price latest piece of, psychobabble just like the rest of us she has not got a Danny LaRue where the crossing is going to be . Well done Jackie when the government tells you you can tell us, I think that sums it up. Why didn’t you just say that instead of all that toffee, Just wish it was May already, and maybe we will get somebody that is fit for purpose m. kennedy
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10:26am Fri 20 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

Will the decision be delayed until after the next General Election?
Will the decision be delayed until after the next General Election? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 3

10:43am Fri 20 Jun 14

woodsider says...

Quite obviously the government realises a decision to put any further crossing in Thurrock is tantamount to the tories losing their marginal seat of Thurrock and also East Thurrock & Basildon South. They can ill afford to lose any seats given polls have Labour ahead and UKIP snapping at the tories heels in Essex. With Labour currently claiming to be opposed to a new crossing in Thurrock (may of course change their mind if in government) the delay is nothing more than political, which is playing with the lives of Thurrock people. The government needs to have the balls to make an announcement and live with the electoral consequences. They should drop the project entirely.
Quite obviously the government realises a decision to put any further crossing in Thurrock is tantamount to the tories losing their marginal seat of Thurrock and also East Thurrock & Basildon South. They can ill afford to lose any seats given polls have Labour ahead and UKIP snapping at the tories heels in Essex. With Labour currently claiming to be opposed to a new crossing in Thurrock (may of course change their mind if in government) the delay is nothing more than political, which is playing with the lives of Thurrock people. The government needs to have the balls to make an announcement and live with the electoral consequences. They should drop the project entirely. woodsider
  • Score: 6

10:55am Fri 20 Jun 14

Thurrock WAS nice says...

Why can't they wait until the "free flowing" system at the current crossing has been running for a while, as a new one might not be needed - but if a new one is needed, share out the traffic problems by building it FROM Canvey, they are always moaning they need a new exit from the island
Why can't they wait until the "free flowing" system at the current crossing has been running for a while, as a new one might not be needed - but if a new one is needed, share out the traffic problems by building it FROM Canvey, they are always moaning they need a new exit from the island Thurrock WAS nice
  • Score: 4

10:47pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Muggle999 says...

Jackie,

Not everyone in your constituency is opposed to an additional river crossing.

I live in Thurrock and I want a new crossing.

I am fed up with perpetual gridlock every time there is a slight problem with the current bridge or tunnel.

A new crossing would benefit your constituents; less congestion, making the borough more attractive to new businesses, meaning more (much needed) jobs.
Jackie, Not everyone in your constituency is opposed to an additional river crossing. I live in Thurrock and I want a new crossing. I am fed up with perpetual gridlock every time there is a slight problem with the current bridge or tunnel. A new crossing would benefit your constituents; less congestion, making the borough more attractive to new businesses, meaning more (much needed) jobs. Muggle999
  • Score: 2

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