New Thames crossing would cost billions

New Thames crossing would cost billions

New Thames crossing would cost billions

First published in Echo News

A NEW crossing over or under the River Thames could cost billions of pounds.

The Government is proposing three options, which were put up for public consultation yesterday, wit any new crossing likely to cost between £900million and £3.6billion.

It is thought Option C would provide the greatest benefit to the economy and motorists, but at great cost to Thurrock’s green belt land, between Chadwell St Mary and East and WestTilbury, at a cost of up to £3.6billion.

According to the Government’s own report, the impact on the surrounding area’s land and townscape would be “moderate to adverse”.

The Government is asking residents in south Essex to register their views on all three options and speaking at the consultation launch Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said there was great demand andneed for a new crossing.

Mr Hammond said: “We’ve done detailed analysis of demand predictions for this area and the need for a crossing in this part of the country to boost the strategic network and boost economic growth.

“It is quite clear that over the next 25 years you’re going to see an increase in traffic of something like 25 per cent and that’s why the need is there.”

The cheapest crossing, Option A, suggests a new route over or under the river close to the current one, while Option B suggests a new crossing passing through Grays Beach Park and between the docks, ASDA Tilbury and the Thurrock Park estate to the Dock Approach Road.

Mr Hammond said: “The Government has no preference and we have clearly set out in the document the reality of merits and problems with each route.

“We absolutely accept with route C there are huge economic benefits, but there are huge problems with the environment and that’s one of the things we will have to take into consideration.

“This is a genuine consultation and so what will happen at the end of this is the Government and the Department for Transport will assess the evidence before making an announcement on the preferred option in the autumn.”

Thurrock MP Jackie DoylePrice said: “There is a need for more river crossings east of Tower Bridge.I am,however, disappointed at the options we have before us.

“I have said any new crossing must not lead to more motorways in Thurrock, must not add to Thurrock’s already congested road network and must alleviate congestionat the Dartford crossing.I don’t believe any of the options meets all the three criteria and I will continue to make these points to ministers.

“I will also be working with colleagues in Parliament to highlight the business case for additional crossings in East London instead.”

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8:36pm Thu 23 May 13

maxell says...

use the billions that have been havested since the bridge was paid for as after paid it was supposed to be free
use the billions that have been havested since the bridge was paid for as after paid it was supposed to be free maxell
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8:52pm Thu 23 May 13

Steve H says...

Billions is OK, just make the users pay for it, just say it'll be free once it's paid for..........oh where have we heard that before????
Billions is OK, just make the users pay for it, just say it'll be free once it's paid for..........oh where have we heard that before???? Steve H
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10:29pm Thu 23 May 13

notinwestcliffanymore says...

How about option D from the A130 round canvey onto boris island then down to M2 connecting to the M25, now google Gulf of Jiaozhou Bridge and you will see that if we get the chinese in to do it it will cost around 500 million for 3.6 billion they could do boris island as well , id imagine
How about option D from the A130 round canvey onto boris island then down to M2 connecting to the M25, now google Gulf of Jiaozhou Bridge and you will see that if we get the chinese in to do it it will cost around 500 million for 3.6 billion they could do boris island as well , id imagine notinwestcliffanymore
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10:53pm Thu 23 May 13

Nebs says...

Canvey to Kent. Paid for by imposing a £2 toll for crossing the Thames at ANY bridge or tunnel.
Canvey to Kent. Paid for by imposing a £2 toll for crossing the Thames at ANY bridge or tunnel. Nebs
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10:56pm Thu 23 May 13

jack0305 says...

What's option C?
What's option C? jack0305
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11:04pm Thu 23 May 13

perini says...

Option D: do away with the tolls and just watch the traffic flow!!
Option D: do away with the tolls and just watch the traffic flow!! perini
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7:31am Sun 26 May 13

Essex_uk says...

Why did the Echo NOT include the link so that South Essex residents could register their views?
Here it is
https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/organisati
ons/department-for-t
ransport/series/lowe
r-thames-crossing
Why did the Echo NOT include the link so that South Essex residents could register their views? Here it is https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/organisati ons/department-for-t ransport/series/lowe r-thames-crossing Essex_uk
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