Wait on crossing decision, MP urges minister

Thurrock Gazette: Free flow tolling comes into effect later this year Free flow tolling comes into effect later this year

THE MP for Thurrock has written to the transport secretary urging him to hold off on making a decision over where a new Thames river crossing is located until the full impact of free-flow tolling is known.

The cashless payment system which will mean motorists no longer have to stop pay for the crossing comes into effect in October this year.

And Jackie Doyle-Price is now asking transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin to wait until then before picking between Option A - a new crossing next to the existing one - and Option C - which would land a bridge or tunnel between Coalhouse Fort and Tilbury Fort.

The Gazette reported last week that Thurrock Council were expecting an announcement in the next couple of weeks - despite news that the Transport Committee will conducting a detailed study into new crossings in the Autumn.

In her letter, Ms Doyle-Price said: “I am aware that it was your intention to make a decision imminently. I am writing to suggest that you pause before making a decision. The department is shortly to introduce free flow tolling at the exisisting Dartford-Thurrock crossing.

“It is worth taking the time to reflect upon the impact of free flow tolling and consider whether these options are the most appropriate ones for consideration.”

Ms Doyle-Price added that “there is a real missed opportunity in looking at the potential of options D and E”, which would see a new crossing land on Canvey Island or Southend.

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9:37am Wed 25 Jun 14

ebagumtrebor says...

Please Mr minister don't make it even more likely I'll be kicked out at the next election. Wait until June next year at least.
Please Mr minister don't make it even more likely I'll be kicked out at the next election. Wait until June next year at least. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 7

10:21am Wed 25 Jun 14

woodsider says...

There are so many moving parts around this decision as well as limited political consensus at a time when no party can expect to win a overall majority at the next election. The choice of routes A & C seem to reflect short term cost issues rather than long term economic benefits. including potential Stansted Airport expansion. It also ignores the significant air quality concerns in Thurrock causing meaningful local health issues that have to be addressed to comply with EU regulations. The previous review is clearly a debacle that should be scrapped. A fully independent, comprehensive and professional review should be undertaken post the next election. By which time the results of free-flow at the existing crossing will be known.
There are so many moving parts around this decision as well as limited political consensus at a time when no party can expect to win a overall majority at the next election. The choice of routes A & C seem to reflect short term cost issues rather than long term economic benefits. including potential Stansted Airport expansion. It also ignores the significant air quality concerns in Thurrock causing meaningful local health issues that have to be addressed to comply with EU regulations. The previous review is clearly a debacle that should be scrapped. A fully independent, comprehensive and professional review should be undertaken post the next election. By which time the results of free-flow at the existing crossing will be known. woodsider
  • Score: 2

11:13am Wed 25 Jun 14

Bernard 87 says...

I have commented about this before and my reasoning for neither crossing still stands. A new crossing next to the existing one would be pointless, however it does have some benefits. The M25 could be widened both sides of the river, it will contain traffic to a small corridor through Thurrock, must be the cheapest option and would have the least impact on our already terrible air quality.

Option C would ruin the most rural parts of Thurrock and would cause widescale destruction of our farmland and villages including Orsett, West Tilbury and Bulphan.

The BEST option would be a M2 link road through the Hoo Peninsula (which is sparsely populated in comparison to Thurrock) a crossing in the form of tunnels rather than bridges, although these would have to be quite deep due to DP World being nearby. This crossing could then link up with the A130 which joins the A13 at Sadlers Farm. The A13 Orsett to Pitsea stretch should also be widened with any new crossing. The A130 would then take traffic up to Chelmsford connecting with the A12.

Very little destruction would occur on Canvey, the crossing will not be as close to homes as the current crossing is and a new link road could be built linking Canvey with Corringham and the superports. Lorries to the superports would have a quick journey from Dover, air quality issues would be less of a problem as there would be less people living within close proximity of this crossing and wider Essex and Kent would be better connected.

Whilst I think the National Tories are all completely stupid and have very little time for the voters in marginal Thurrock (a seat I think they are happy to lose) I have to give credit to Jackie Doyle Price for continuously fighting Thurrocks corner over this issue.
I have commented about this before and my reasoning for neither crossing still stands. A new crossing next to the existing one would be pointless, however it does have some benefits. The M25 could be widened both sides of the river, it will contain traffic to a small corridor through Thurrock, must be the cheapest option and would have the least impact on our already terrible air quality. Option C would ruin the most rural parts of Thurrock and would cause widescale destruction of our farmland and villages including Orsett, West Tilbury and Bulphan. The BEST option would be a M2 link road through the Hoo Peninsula (which is sparsely populated in comparison to Thurrock) a crossing in the form of tunnels rather than bridges, although these would have to be quite deep due to DP World being nearby. This crossing could then link up with the A130 which joins the A13 at Sadlers Farm. The A13 Orsett to Pitsea stretch should also be widened with any new crossing. The A130 would then take traffic up to Chelmsford connecting with the A12. Very little destruction would occur on Canvey, the crossing will not be as close to homes as the current crossing is and a new link road could be built linking Canvey with Corringham and the superports. Lorries to the superports would have a quick journey from Dover, air quality issues would be less of a problem as there would be less people living within close proximity of this crossing and wider Essex and Kent would be better connected. Whilst I think the National Tories are all completely stupid and have very little time for the voters in marginal Thurrock (a seat I think they are happy to lose) I have to give credit to Jackie Doyle Price for continuously fighting Thurrocks corner over this issue. Bernard 87
  • Score: 3

2:24pm Wed 25 Jun 14

danzig1939 says...

Go thru the manorway to canvey where the new port is .
Go thru the manorway to canvey where the new port is . danzig1939
  • Score: 3

9:16pm Thu 26 Jun 14

dave42 says...

I believe option c is the best for thurrock and the new port. I use dartford tunnels every day and I don't think the free flow tolls will make much diffence. Not read about the canvey option that may work as well.
I believe option c is the best for thurrock and the new port. I use dartford tunnels every day and I don't think the free flow tolls will make much diffence. Not read about the canvey option that may work as well. dave42
  • Score: -2
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