Yes, Thursday, December 20, is the last day you can submit your comments on Highways England’s plans for the new Lower Thames Crossing.
We know that the pollution, congestion and delays at the existing Dartford-Thurrock crossings are intolerable, and agree that action needs to be taken to protect the lives and livelihoods of people living and working nearby, as well as those who use the crossing. However, the proposals for the new crossing will not fix these problems. The planned new crossing is now simply a mechanism to ‘unlock growth potential’, which means encouraging ever-more road journeys – not managing congestion.
It takes very little scrutiny of the proposal documents to realise that if the proposed crossing east of Gravesend and Tilbury were to be built, it would make barely any improvement on conditions at Dartford or western Thurrock.
Instead of an expensive and damaging new infrastructure project, in an area of the country that is already massively constrained and over-stressed, and which will lock in another generation to damaging car-dependent domestic and commercial development, CPRE Kent wants a better solution. We are calling for a sustainable national transport strategy that does not encourage the ceaseless growth of road-based traffic but focuses on genuinely sustainable policies for the movement of people and goods.
We will be submitting our consultation response next week and we’ll post it on this website for anyone interested to check out.
Meanwhile, you might like to look at some of our earlier comments:
And here are thoughts of Alex Hills, our Dartford and Gravesham chairman:
Here is the consultation submission from the Dartford and Gravesham Cycling Forum:
Our friends at the Lower Thames Crossing Association have put together a useful ‘Don’t Panic’ guide to responding; you can find it here: https://ltca.org.uk/featured/a-guide-to-completing-the-consultation-questionnaire
You can see our response, submitted today (20th), here: CPRE Kent response to LTC Statutory Consultation
- Finally, and perhaps most importantly, if you would like to have your say, follow this link:
14th December 2018: Updated 20th December