MP Stephen Metcalfe to meet Prime Minister over Thames Crossing

Southend Standard: Mr Metcalfe has called on the Government to reject Option A and Option C Mr Metcalfe has called on the Government to reject Option A and Option C

THE MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock Stephen Metcalfe today secured a meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss options for a lower Thames crossing.

Mr Metcalfe called on the Government to reject Option A and Option C during Prime Minister’s Questions, adding the options would limit the ambition of South Essex and the country, while not maximising the potential of the Thames Gateway.

Option A would see another crossing built next to the current Dartford crossing, whereas Option C would land between Coalhouse and Tilbury forts and travel north towards the Orsett Cock junction of the A13, before meeting the M25 between junctions 29 and 30.

David Cameron said he is interested in seeing maximum economic growth, adding he understood the importance of considering all of the issues at stake with the current proposals for the crossing.

Mr Metcalfe said: “I am pleased that the Prime Minister has agreed to meet with me to discuss this extremely important local issue.

“An additional crossing in Thurrock would be detrimental to the local area, and I strongly believe that it would not be the best way to serve the country.

“Other options must be considered and I will continue to fight for this on behalf of my constituents in South Basildon and East Thurrock.”

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4:58pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Tunnels not a bridge. Then if it gets a little bit windy they won't have to shut it.....
Tunnels not a bridge. Then if it gets a little bit windy they won't have to shut it..... Howard Cháse
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8:15pm Wed 5 Feb 14

coddy says...

shouldn't this be JDP's job to talk to the pm as its in her constituency
shouldn't this be JDP's job to talk to the pm as its in her constituency coddy
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9:48pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

coddy wrote:
shouldn't this be JDP's job to talk to the pm as its in her constituency
As the crossing will serve the people of this area, there is no reason why other local MPs cannot have a say.
[quote][p][bold]coddy[/bold] wrote: shouldn't this be JDP's job to talk to the pm as its in her constituency[/p][/quote]As the crossing will serve the people of this area, there is no reason why other local MPs cannot have a say. Kim Gandy
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6:18pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Nebs says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Tunnels not a bridge. Then if it gets a little bit windy they won't have to shut it.....
Good idea. It could be paid for by imposing a toll on all the, currently, free ways to cross the Thames.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Tunnels not a bridge. Then if it gets a little bit windy they won't have to shut it.....[/p][/quote]Good idea. It could be paid for by imposing a toll on all the, currently, free ways to cross the Thames. Nebs
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