Public meeting called to discuss new crossing latest

The current Thurrock-Dartford crossing

The current Thurrock-Dartford crossing

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

A PUBLIC meeting has been called to discuss the latest on the Government's proposals for a new Lower Thames Crossing.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, September 11 at the Culver Centre in South Ockendon.

It follows on from a successful gathering at Orsett Hall in April.

The Department for Transport is currently weighing up which route out of Option A - a new crossing next to the current one - or Option C, a new crossing landing between Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury and Tilbury Fort is best.

Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, announced last month, following a period of consultation, that the Government would wait to see the impact free-flow tolling has on the current crossing when it is introduced in October, before making any decision.

He added that refinements would be made to the current proposals.

At the April meeting, residents suggested the council set up a petition against the proposals. That has so far attracted just 974 signatures.

John Kent, the Labour leader of Thurrock Council, said: "We want everyone else – those affected by Option A as well as C – to join in and enable us to show the powers that be that we don’t want or need another Thames crossing in Thurrock. Just go to the council’s website, click on ‘travel and transport’ and follow the links.

"This isn’t simply a NIMBY knee-jerk reaction, it’s a well-argued and considered position and one the council has been pushing for over four years now.

"We seem to be slowly winning the argument as the government has agreed to postponed decisions until after its considered the effects of the free-flow tolls which start in October – something we’ve been calling for from the beginning.

"But the danger of the crossing going ahead hasn’t disappeared. Thurrock as a community must unite and keep up the pressure and this meeting is the next step."

Mr Kent said Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price had been invited.

He added: "In recent months the call for more crossings between here and the City of London has increased and the impact these will have on our roads also need to be considered.

"One option – the Belvedere Bridge at Rainham – for example, is expected to take 800 vehicle movements off the current crossing during its busiest morning hour alone. All these proposals must be looked at and we must also continue asking the government to look at the crossing options to the east; the crossings known as Options D and E."

 

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6:44am Tue 12 Aug 14

cynic all says...

Whatever the decision is its already signed and sealed . Do you really think they would ask the publics opinion and act on it ,Of course not its just for show .
Whatever the decision is its already signed and sealed . Do you really think they would ask the publics opinion and act on it ,Of course not its just for show . cynic all
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9:02am Tue 12 Aug 14

stuart695 says...

I fear the decision is only deferred because 4 Tory MP's are at risk in the Essex/Kent districts affected, with the 2015 general election appearing a close run thing and UKIP snapping at the heels. The key is what the election winners policy is on this crossing and I hear Labour currently claim to be opposed. But if they win the election; who knows? The real crime is the low number of signatires on the councils petition. This should be on the streets not hidden on the councils web site hoping people will log on to find it.
I fear the decision is only deferred because 4 Tory MP's are at risk in the Essex/Kent districts affected, with the 2015 general election appearing a close run thing and UKIP snapping at the heels. The key is what the election winners policy is on this crossing and I hear Labour currently claim to be opposed. But if they win the election; who knows? The real crime is the low number of signatires on the councils petition. This should be on the streets not hidden on the councils web site hoping people will log on to find it. stuart695
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10:35am Tue 12 Aug 14

poortaxpayer says...

stuart695 wrote:
I fear the decision is only deferred because 4 Tory MP's are at risk in the Essex/Kent districts affected, with the 2015 general election appearing a close run thing and UKIP snapping at the heels. The key is what the election winners policy is on this crossing and I hear Labour currently claim to be opposed. But if they win the election; who knows? The real crime is the low number of signatires on the councils petition. This should be on the streets not hidden on the councils web site hoping people will log on to find it.
We should remember these plans started under the previous Labour Government and continued by the current Coalition Government. It is a case of when not if. I think they will go for Option C as it will join up with developments across the water in Kent.
[quote][p][bold]stuart695[/bold] wrote: I fear the decision is only deferred because 4 Tory MP's are at risk in the Essex/Kent districts affected, with the 2015 general election appearing a close run thing and UKIP snapping at the heels. The key is what the election winners policy is on this crossing and I hear Labour currently claim to be opposed. But if they win the election; who knows? The real crime is the low number of signatires on the councils petition. This should be on the streets not hidden on the councils web site hoping people will log on to find it.[/p][/quote]We should remember these plans started under the previous Labour Government and continued by the current Coalition Government. It is a case of when not if. I think they will go for Option C as it will join up with developments across the water in Kent. poortaxpayer
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10:38am Tue 12 Aug 14

peteetee says...

Option C has already been decided, no number of public forums is going to stop it!
Option C has already been decided, no number of public forums is going to stop it! peteetee
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8:49pm Tue 12 Aug 14

dave42 says...

I live in chadwell and I use the bridge every day. Free flow will not ease the traffic, we need anther crossing and c seems to be the best idea or a crossing further down near Stanford le hope or Basildon .
I live in chadwell and I use the bridge every day. Free flow will not ease the traffic, we need anther crossing and c seems to be the best idea or a crossing further down near Stanford le hope or Basildon . dave42
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