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Campaigner slams claims that Lower Thames Crossing will 'make Gravesend a more prosperous and attractive place to live'

PUBLISHED: 17:31 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:31 24 May 2017

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The crossing is expected to open in 2025

A campaigner against the Lower Thames Crossing has rubbished claims from a property developer that the tunnel will cut traffic and make the town more attractive to investors.

In April, the government gave its backing to Option C, a new £6billion road travelling through the Gravesham countryside leading to a bored tunnel crossing into Essex, where a new road will join the M25.

Department for Transport figures suggest the new crossing could bring £8billion to the UK economy and create 6,000 jobs as it looks to create an alternative for motorists and freight transport currently using the heavily-congested Dartford Crossing.

Chris Moore is the managing director for Bellway Kent, which is building 156 new homes near Dalefield Way in Gravesend, and has given his full support to the crossing, expected to open in 2025.

He said: “Option C will make commuting from the east of Kent to Essex much easier and cut traffic on the already congested Dartford Crossing.

“This project will bring jobs in to the county and we believe it will make Gravesend a more prosperous and attractive place to live.”

Bob Lane has campaigned heavily against Option C as part of the Lower Thames Crossing Association, and dismissed suggestions the crossing will improve the town.

He said: “Gravesend’s got a lot going for it in terms of traffic links into London, but I really don’t believe the town will improve thanks to Option C.

“I’m not surprised the MD of a property company sees it as a good thing, this approval was always about releasing land for development.

“If we’re not careful, the east of Gravesend could soon become like the east of Dartford with developments and pollution.

“All of the lorries and businesses will benefit from the crossing, but Gravesend will definitely see an increase in air and noise pollution.

“Highways England’s own figures suggest the Dartford Crossing won’t be relieved, and will in fact be running at the same capacity as it is now when the new crossing opens.”

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