Concern over new river crossing at Thurrock

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A COUNCILLOR has hit out at plans for a new river crossing to the east of Thurrock.

The Government has launched a consultation asking residents to choose one of three options.

John Purkiss, who represents East Tilbury, said he feared the area could face years of misery if a new crossing was built in his ward.

He said: “In four to seven years’ time East Tilbury was hoping to be free of lorries, with Cory and Walsh finishing.

“But now, unless we put forward a strong protest, more years of misery are to come.

“Thurrock residents should be looking forward to walking or cycling from Tilbury Fort to Coalhouse and on to the new nature park, but instead they could be looking up to a bridge and crossing a motorway which can be seen for miles.”

Transport minister Stephen Hammond said there is great demand for a new crossing.

The cheapest option suggests a new route close to the current one.

Another 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.

The final option would cross the river between Tilbury and Coalhouse forts then through green belt land, before crossing the A13 at the Orsett Cock.

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4:20pm Fri 7 Jun 13

Jubilation says...

Trouble is, it's going to be needed, once all the many builds, as well as D/P world start to wreak havoc, on the already overloaded QE2 bridge.
Anyway not much to lose building there in Thurrock, seems the ideal location as well.
Trouble is, it's going to be needed, once all the many builds, as well as D/P world start to wreak havoc, on the already overloaded QE2 bridge. Anyway not much to lose building there in Thurrock, seems the ideal location as well. Jubilation

4:37pm Fri 7 Jun 13

Ivadda Goodhump says...

East Tilbury and Linford look more like 1960's Soviet Siberian Gulag towns - a big bridge / road through the middle can only improve them....
East Tilbury and Linford look more like 1960's Soviet Siberian Gulag towns - a big bridge / road through the middle can only improve them.... Ivadda Goodhump

4:38pm Fri 7 Jun 13

keepitreal says...

Any one been to east tilbury; 10000 lorries an hour would improve the area
Any one been to east tilbury; 10000 lorries an hour would improve the area keepitreal

4:39pm Fri 7 Jun 13

upset says...

Another NIMBY councillor, I bet he uses QE2 bridge to get to Kent, I bet he voted against a bridge to Canvey as well.
Another NIMBY councillor, I bet he uses QE2 bridge to get to Kent, I bet he voted against a bridge to Canvey as well. upset

4:43pm Fri 7 Jun 13

GentleGiant says...

Better to build it in Tilbury :)

Pointless having it in Thurrock itself.

Or better still extend the A130 south over Canvey.
Better to build it in Tilbury :) Pointless having it in Thurrock itself. Or better still extend the A130 south over Canvey. GentleGiant

5:10pm Fri 7 Jun 13

rayleigh123 says...

Bottom line - linked to cost they will always choose the option with the "narrowest" part of the Thames.

Canvey will always be a non-starter due to the width of the Thames at that point.
Bottom line - linked to cost they will always choose the option with the "narrowest" part of the Thames. Canvey will always be a non-starter due to the width of the Thames at that point. rayleigh123

5:51pm Fri 7 Jun 13

Life in a seaside town says...

Why build a bridge? Why not a tunnel from the A130, like the one from Denmark to Sweden. If they can do it why not us.
Reason: It may be the best, but not the cheapest and now days the powers that be only want the cheapest and damm the future
Why build a bridge? Why not a tunnel from the A130, like the one from Denmark to Sweden. If they can do it why not us. Reason: It may be the best, but not the cheapest and now days the powers that be only want the cheapest and damm the future Life in a seaside town

6:02pm Fri 7 Jun 13

TherealIndiana says...

Many years ago there were plans to build one across from Beckton. There still exist a road that leads up a ramp to nowhere to this day!
Many years ago there were plans to build one across from Beckton. There still exist a road that leads up a ramp to nowhere to this day! TherealIndiana

6:12pm Fri 7 Jun 13

MHWoods says...

Scrap the tolls for the tunnel/bridge - which I understand was paid for years ago - and see whether that cuts down the congestion.
Scrap the tolls for the tunnel/bridge - which I understand was paid for years ago - and see whether that cuts down the congestion. MHWoods

6:41pm Fri 7 Jun 13

Nebs says...

MHWoods wrote:
Scrap the tolls for the tunnel/bridge - which I understand was paid for years ago - and see whether that cuts down the congestion.
Or make it fair, and charge a toll on every bridge across the Thames.
[quote][p][bold]MHWoods[/bold] wrote: Scrap the tolls for the tunnel/bridge - which I understand was paid for years ago - and see whether that cuts down the congestion.[/p][/quote]Or make it fair, and charge a toll on every bridge across the Thames. Nebs

7:49pm Fri 7 Jun 13

WhateverS says...

Canvey crossing for sure
ps...... It's a tunnel
Canvey crossing for sure ps...... It's a tunnel WhateverS

10:23am Sat 8 Jun 13

shallotman says...

It is only a consulting if it agrees with what the government is going to do anyway.
It is only a consulting if it agrees with what the government is going to do anyway. shallotman

1:29pm Sat 8 Jun 13

max zorin says...

another crossing is not really needed, conjestion would decrease if they got rid of the tolls..but oh i forgot we live in a country full of greedy scrounging vile MP's who look to scrounge off the tax payer in any way they can.
another crossing is not really needed, conjestion would decrease if they got rid of the tolls..but oh i forgot we live in a country full of greedy scrounging vile MP's who look to scrounge off the tax payer in any way they can. max zorin

2:45pm Sat 8 Jun 13

Nebs says...

rayleigh123 wrote:
Bottom line - linked to cost they will always choose the option with the "narrowest" part of the Thames.

Canvey will always be a non-starter due to the width of the Thames at that point.
Bit of a long detour to Oxford.
[quote][p][bold]rayleigh123[/bold] wrote: Bottom line - linked to cost they will always choose the option with the "narrowest" part of the Thames. Canvey will always be a non-starter due to the width of the Thames at that point.[/p][/quote]Bit of a long detour to Oxford. Nebs

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