A report commissioned by Thurrock Council highlights the possible economic and social harm that could be done to Thurrock if Highways England goes ahead with its current proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing route.
The report, which was published today (Friday 28 February), finds that possible harm caused by the current proposals includes:
- potential losses of £51million for local businesses during the construction phase
- up to 1,400 homes impacted by proposals
- the loss of land which could be used to provide 3,500 new homes for local residents
- up to £150million worth of land lost to construction of the tunnel and roads
Cllr Mark Coxshall, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: "As they stand, the proposals will create an unnatural division splitting the borough in half and, as this report makes clear, they do not offer any benefits to the borough or its residents.
"We will continue to challenge these proposals and the findings of this report will give us a great deal to talk to Highways England about.
"Highways England have launched a new consultation on their updated proposals. I would urge everyone to read this report and then take part in the consultation and make their voice heard on this issue."
For the full report and non-technical summary, go to Lower Thames Crossing proposals.
To take part in the consultation online, go to Highways England: Lower Thames Crossing consultation 2020.