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Environmental campaign group calls for unity between Gravesham and Dartford against Lower Thames Crossing

PUBLISHED: 14:55 25 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:56 25 January 2016

QEII Bridge at Dartford

QEII Bridge at Dartford

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CPRE believes neither option is viable

A campaign group focussed on protecting rural land has continued its criticism of proposed sights for the Lower Thames Crossing.

CPRE Kent have called for a “wider, more resilient solution” believing investment in ports could help the cross-channel moment of freight.

In its criticism of Option C - a crossing built in Gravesham, a spokesperson said: “We fear this will destroy ancient woodland, destroy important wildlife habitats which are home to protected species and destroy productive farmland, needed to feed our growing population.

“It will ruin the beautiful landscapes and panoramic views which make Gravesham so special.”

The group has called for unity amongst Dartford and Gravesham residents.

The spokesperson said: “We need a better solution, including investment in ports north of the Thames to disperse the cross channel movement of freight.

“What is not sensible is for the residents of Dartford to campaign for the Gravesham crossing or vice versa - both communities need to be protected from the environment burden of a huge new bridge which would not solve the problem it set out to.”

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