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Department for Transport statement

The current consultation is seeking the views of local communities on the options for the new Thames Crossing. The Government will take all these views into account before making any decision
The Government recognises the concerns of local communities when considering any major infrastructure improvement such as the new Lower Thames Crossing. A new crossing is necessary to reduce congestion at the existing Dartford crossing and unlock economic growth, supporting the development of new homes and jobs in the region.
Since 2009 a number of options for the new crossing have been considered. In July 2014, following a public consultation in 2013, the Government asked Highways England to develop the two most promising options which are the subject of the current public consultation. This current consultation is seeking the views of the local communities to inform subsequent recommendations from Highways England expected later this year.
The Government will review these recommendations carefully and take all of this into account before making any decision on a preferred option later this year.
Any preferred option would then be subject to the provisions of the Planning Act 2008 and be considered as a nationally significant infrastructure project under the National Networks National Policy Statement (NN NPS) published in December 2014.
This statutory planning process requires the scheme promoter to make an application for a Development Consent Order which includes further statutory public consultation. The NN NPS provides planning guidance for promoters of nationally significant infrastructure projects on the road and rail networks, and the basis for the examination by the Examining Authority and decisions by the Secretary of State.

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Pray for...

  • Jackie Doyle-Price MP (Con., Thurrock)
  • Stephen Metcalfe MP (Con., East Thurrock & South Basildon)
  • Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council (Lab.)
  • Thurrock Councillors, with all parties united in opposition
  • Tim Aker MEP (UKIP)
  • George Abbot, spokesperson for Thames Crossing Action Group
  • Highways England and their consultation
  • the borough of Thurrock and people affected by proposals, especially Option C - South Ockendon, Orsett (see map below), Chadwell St Mary, West Tilbury, East Tilbury etc.
  • the people of the North Kent villages of Chalk, Thong, Shorne & Higham which are also affected
  • What is God saying?
Orsett junction jpeg


Tim Harrold, 21/03/2016

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