Businesses in Thurrock have vowed to support Thurrock Council in its opposition of the "wholly inadequate" Lower Thames Crossing proposals.
Thurrock Business Board discussed Highways England's proposed scheme at its latest meeting on Monday and, having previously given the plans its conditional support, its members concluded that the latest proposals now offered no tangible benefits for the borough's businesses.
Among the concerns raised were the absence of a Tilbury link road connecting the Lower Thames Crossing to the Port of Tilbury and the wider lack of connectivity with existing roads in Thurrock, as well as the likely environmental and health impacts.
Perry Glading, Chairman of Thurrock Business Board, said: "The Lower Thames Crossing will have a lasting impact on Thurrock and all who live and work here.
"Highways England simply haven't listened and the current proposals now appear to offer no real benefits for the hardworking businesses of Thurrock.
"Wherever possible, they seem intent on the road simply bypassing the borough, offering very little connectivity and preventing any possible economic benefits while also restricting other opportunities for growth.
"We will now be making strong representations on behalf of the business community and fully support Thurrock Council's opposition to this wholly inadequate scheme."
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "The council remains unanimously opposed to the Lower Thames Crossing scheme. I have made this position clear at every opportunity and presenting the facts as they are is influencing other major partners.
"I am very pleased that Thurrock Business Board supports our view that the proposals offer no benefits to our businesses or residents and will be making their objections loud and clear.
"This could be the final opportunity for residents, businesses or other bodies to have their say on the proposals so I would encourage everyone to also take part in the consultation, making clear this proposal does nothing but harm Thurrock."
Highways England launched its consultation on the proposed Lower Thames Crossing earlier this month and it closes on Thursday 20 December.
To complete the consultation online and find out about upcoming public information events, go to lowerthamescrossing.co.uk/haveyoursay