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There's been mixed reaction to the Government's announcement that the new Thames crossing will not be built at Swanscombe. The decision paves the way for the possible building of a movie theme park.
We speak to John Burden of Gravesham Council, Paul Carter of Kent County Council and Richard Knox-Johnson from CPRE Protect Kent.
Phil Hornby, Meridian,s Political Correspondent, has been speaking to Jackie Doyle-Price MP, and the Transport Minister. She's critical of the decision to delay a final decision on the route across the Thames; Robert Goodwill defends the need for more time.
The environmental watchdog Protect Kent has reacted to the news that Swanscombe has been ruled out as a potential location for a new Thames Crossing.
Richard Knox-Johnston from the organisation said that while one option had been taken off the table, questions remained about the two other potential locations.
Commenting on the government decision to rule out Swanscombe as an option Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, said:
“We were promised that there would be a quick turnaround on the decision for a third Thames crossing and I am disappointed that no decision has been made.
“It is a massively important project to unlock significant growth in the Thames gateway and we will be asking ministers for a rapid decision on the two options that remain. It is too vital a project to be allowed to drift any longer.
“Option C represents the best long-term logical solution to the transport challenges we face in Kent and the South East – by combining the greatest economic benefits for the residents of Kent, with a route that alleviates pressure on the M25 and our network.
The Government will drop one of the options for a new Lower Thames crossing and will carry out further work on the remaining two options, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced today.
The original proposals for a new crossing in the Lower Thames included:
• Option A at the site of the existing A282 Dartford-Thurrock crossing;
• Option B which would connect the A2 Swanscombe Peninsula with the A1089;
• Option C connecting the M2 with the A13 and the M25 between junctions 29 and 30; and a variant to Option C that would additionally widen the A229 between the M2 and M20.
It 's been decided that ‘Option B’ will be discarded and further work will be done to choose between options A and C.
The government's decision to rule out the Swanscombe peninsula as the site for a new Thames Crossing safeguards the area for a possible movie theme park.
Tony Sefton, project leader, said: ''This is great news. We are over the moon for the project and the area. And we are working towards a major announcement in the New Year.''
The new Thames Crossing will not go through the Swanscombe peninsula in Kent, the government has announced.
The decision leaves two options for a new crossing - next to the current crossing at Dartford or to the east of Gravesend.