Nearly 30,000 online responses have been received to a consultation on proposals for a multi-billion pound road link across the River Thames.
The consultation, which closed last week after eight weeks, has also seen nearly 13,000 people visit public events to learn more about the options for the link between Essex and Kent.
All responses to the consultation will now be analysed before a final decision on a preferred route is made by the Government; this is expected later this year.
Responding the Highways England consultation, we have stressed that we are strongly opposed to option C (bored tunnels from Gravesend) but we would also oppose option A at Dartford because of the longer-term induced traffic growth, congestion and reduction in air quality.
Director Hilary Newport said: “The planned crossing would damage important areas of countryside that are a vital ‘green lung’ to the urban population of the Medway towns, providing recreation and the opportunity for quiet enjoyment of the countryside which is so important for physical and psychological health.”
These areas include ancient woodland and Metropolitan Green Belt. There would also be an impact on the wider area, a loss of amenity in and around Shorne Country Park and the open landscapes to the north.
Bob Lane, of the campaign group Abridge2far, said: “It is important for Gareth Johnson MP and the people of Dartford to understand that people in Shorne and the surrounding areas are extremely sympathetic to the congestion and pollution they are suffering.
“We are also well aware that the Dartford Crossing will still be there long after any new crossing is built, so it is extremely important that the problems they have are resolved.
“However, we do not believe that putting a new crossing east of Gravesend will do anything to address the problems at Dartford; all it will do will spread these problems to thousands of other people not currently affected, while leaving the same situation at Dartford.”
Former civil engineer has an alternative Option A for the lower Thames Crossing, and it's supported by Gravesham's council leader
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