Government to look in more detail at new crossing options before making decision

The current Thurrock-Dartford crossing

The current Thurrock-Dartford crossing

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THE Government is to take a closer look at the options for a new Thames river crossing before announcing a preference.

Results of the consultation carried out last year have been published today.

And Patrick McCloughlin, the transport secretary, has announced that the Government will now look in more detail at options A, which would see a new crossing built next to the current Thurrock-Dartford one, and C which would land a new crossing somewhere between Coalhouse Fort and Tilbury Fort.

He added that the impact of free-flow tolling, which comes into force in October, will also be looked at before a decision is made.

He said: "We will now develop and appraise route options at both locations (options A and C) in order to identify a proposed solution.

"We will observe the actual effects of Dart Charge once it is introduced and work with local government, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, businesses and other key parties to better understand aspirations for growth and implications for the road network."

"By undertaking more detailed work on route options at both locations, we will identify solutions that best meet the aspirations of Government and stakeholders, whilst demonstrating value for money."

He insisted though, that by stalling on the decision, the opening of the crossing will not be delayed. If the crossing is publicly funded, he said, then it is tsill estimated to be open by 2025.

The Government's consultation on three new river crossing options started in May last year. In December 2013, option B, which would have landed a new crossing near to Grays Beach Park, was scrapped.

A decision on which of the remaining options was preferred had been expected imminiently - with the Government coming under pressure from local politicians.

John Kent, the leader of Thurrock Council, said: "In some ways it’s pleasing to note the government is now taking the advice we’ve been giving since at least 2011 – analyse the effect of free-flow tolling before taking any decision of whether or not a new crossing is needed.

"On the other hand, because our common sense proposals were ignored initially, it has left Thurrock in limbo not knowing what the government is really thinking - a clearer steer on that thinking would have been very useful.

"This means we’ll have to maintain our campaign against both the current proposals – Option A and Option C – and we’ll keep up the pressure on government to look at alternative routes away from Thurrock and I would again urge everyone who is concerned about this to sign our online petition.

"We are putting together our detailed evidence for the Transport Select Committee investigation into strategic river crossings, but I have to emphasise, our reaction is not a NIMBY one."

 

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12:28pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Ian P says...

Wherever the next crossing is built it needs to be a tunnel rather than a bridge. Tunnels operate in high winds, but bridges have to be closed leading to major congestion.
Wherever the next crossing is built it needs to be a tunnel rather than a bridge. Tunnels operate in high winds, but bridges have to be closed leading to major congestion. Ian P
  • Score: 23

12:57pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Nice pair of six lane per carriageway tunnels side by side.
Nice pair of six lane per carriageway tunnels side by side. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 9

1:30pm Tue 15 Jul 14

rayleighrunner says...

tilbury fort to Gravesend........tha
t's where it is needed.
tilbury fort to Gravesend........tha t's where it is needed. rayleighrunner
  • Score: 1

2:15pm Tue 15 Jul 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Canvey would be the ideal location, flat underused and cheap.
Canvey would be the ideal location, flat underused and cheap. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 17

5:02pm Tue 15 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

Quite frankly the delays created on the crossing of the Thames is a public embarrassment of the first degree.
Often it is quicker to go to London to cross the Thames due to the appalling traffic congestion.

It is often so bad that the amount that it must cost per hour to the nation is frightening.

We open a Channel tunnel which attracts millions of travellers that will probably experience the traffic jams at Dartford and decide 'never again'

My company no longer accept work on the Kent side due to the traffic jams, which must now include 1000's of companies and individuals sick and tired of the delays.

Governments talk about modernisation yet they ignore Dartford SURELY like the bridge across to Wales and the bridge over the River Orwell in Suffolk plus other which are now free, paid for by central taxes.

Dartford must be free !

No excuses like the UK pays for many bridges why not this bridge the one that is without doubt a public disgrace.
Quite frankly the delays created on the crossing of the Thames is a public embarrassment of the first degree. Often it is quicker to go to London to cross the Thames due to the appalling traffic congestion. It is often so bad that the amount that it must cost per hour to the nation is frightening. We open a Channel tunnel which attracts millions of travellers that will probably experience the traffic jams at Dartford and decide 'never again' My company no longer accept work on the Kent side due to the traffic jams, which must now include 1000's of companies and individuals sick and tired of the delays. Governments talk about modernisation yet they ignore Dartford SURELY like the bridge across to Wales and the bridge over the River Orwell in Suffolk plus other which are now free, paid for by central taxes. Dartford must be free ! No excuses like the UK pays for many bridges why not this bridge the one that is without doubt a public disgrace. alarminstaller
  • Score: 11

5:11pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

It was supposed to be free, after it paid for itself, eg 10 years ago.
It was supposed to be free, after it paid for itself, eg 10 years ago. Maddogg
  • Score: 7

7:58pm Tue 15 Jul 14

whateverhappened says...

I take it that the picture shown is a goverment issue propaganda computer generation as i can say i have never seen the bridge that clear during daylight hours..
also this quote sums up why this country is failing..
"He insisted though, that by stalling on the decision, the opening of the crossing will not be delayed. If the crossing is publicly funded, he said, then it is tsill estimated to be open by 2025.".
.
this crossing is already 10 years late yet we have to wait at least 10 years more. china will have 30 new airports, world record bridges and a million miles of motorway by then. No wonder DP world build their own port to get stuff in.
I take it that the picture shown is a goverment issue propaganda computer generation as i can say i have never seen the bridge that clear during daylight hours.. also this quote sums up why this country is failing.. "He insisted though, that by stalling on the decision, the opening of the crossing will not be delayed. If the crossing is publicly funded, he said, then it is tsill estimated to be open by 2025.". . this crossing is already 10 years late yet we have to wait at least 10 years more. china will have 30 new airports, world record bridges and a million miles of motorway by then. No wonder DP world build their own port to get stuff in. whateverhappened
  • Score: 2

10:49am Wed 16 Jul 14

OckendonPaul says...

Agree with all of the above. Patrick McCloughlin sounds depressingly like any other career politician, spouting clever sounding but ultimately meaningless claptrap designed to impress the gullible.
I can't somehow imagine Brunel talking about stakeholder aspirations...
Agree with all of the above. Patrick McCloughlin sounds depressingly like any other career politician, spouting clever sounding but ultimately meaningless claptrap designed to impress the gullible. I can't somehow imagine Brunel talking about stakeholder aspirations... OckendonPaul
  • Score: 1

1:21pm Wed 16 Jul 14

woodsider says...

presume the delay reflects the election due within 12 mths and any decision on A or C puts 4 Tory MP's at risk at a time when they are behind in the polls. On the same day they announced 8 locations for a possible spaceport, 6 of which are in Scotland (to try and win Scot votes in referendum?) and a bunch of women ministers to try and placate women voters. They also ditched the unpopular environment and education secretaries. But at least it gives free-flow a chance to perform. At a slight tangent, if this crossing is so strategically important for the nation, why is there a fee to use it at all?
presume the delay reflects the election due within 12 mths and any decision on A or C puts 4 Tory MP's at risk at a time when they are behind in the polls. On the same day they announced 8 locations for a possible spaceport, 6 of which are in Scotland (to try and win Scot votes in referendum?) and a bunch of women ministers to try and placate women voters. They also ditched the unpopular environment and education secretaries. But at least it gives free-flow a chance to perform. At a slight tangent, if this crossing is so strategically important for the nation, why is there a fee to use it at all? woodsider
  • Score: 4

8:36pm Wed 16 Jul 14

GekkoTech says...

alarminstaller wrote:
Quite frankly the delays created on the crossing of the Thames is a public embarrassment of the first degree.
Often it is quicker to go to London to cross the Thames due to the appalling traffic congestion.

It is often so bad that the amount that it must cost per hour to the nation is frightening.

We open a Channel tunnel which attracts millions of travellers that will probably experience the traffic jams at Dartford and decide 'never again'

My company no longer accept work on the Kent side due to the traffic jams, which must now include 1000's of companies and individuals sick and tired of the delays.

Governments talk about modernisation yet they ignore Dartford SURELY like the bridge across to Wales and the bridge over the River Orwell in Suffolk plus other which are now free, paid for by central taxes.

Dartford must be free !

No excuses like the UK pays for many bridges why not this bridge the one that is without doubt a public disgrace.
Sorry to be pedantic, but far from being free, the Severn Crossing Bridge into Wales carries a charge of £6.20 for cars, £12.80 for vans and £19.20 for buses and lorries (a tax on entry to Wales, but don't get me started on that!).

Incidentally, the Cleddau Bridge in Pembrokeshire costs 75p and annually generates approximately £3m for Pembrokeshite County Council. The bridge cost £11.83 million to construct and was finished in 1975. I'll leave you to do the maths...
[quote][p][bold]alarminstaller[/bold] wrote: Quite frankly the delays created on the crossing of the Thames is a public embarrassment of the first degree. Often it is quicker to go to London to cross the Thames due to the appalling traffic congestion. It is often so bad that the amount that it must cost per hour to the nation is frightening. We open a Channel tunnel which attracts millions of travellers that will probably experience the traffic jams at Dartford and decide 'never again' My company no longer accept work on the Kent side due to the traffic jams, which must now include 1000's of companies and individuals sick and tired of the delays. Governments talk about modernisation yet they ignore Dartford SURELY like the bridge across to Wales and the bridge over the River Orwell in Suffolk plus other which are now free, paid for by central taxes. Dartford must be free ! No excuses like the UK pays for many bridges why not this bridge the one that is without doubt a public disgrace.[/p][/quote]Sorry to be pedantic, but far from being free, the Severn Crossing Bridge into Wales carries a charge of £6.20 for cars, £12.80 for vans and £19.20 for buses and lorries (a tax on entry to Wales, but don't get me started on that!). Incidentally, the Cleddau Bridge in Pembrokeshire costs 75p and annually generates approximately £3m for Pembrokeshite County Council. The bridge cost £11.83 million to construct and was finished in 1975. I'll leave you to do the maths... GekkoTech
  • Score: 2

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