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Two campaign groups voice concern over Gravesend Lower Thames Crossing, with similar concerns for Dartford

PUBLISHED: 16:43 12 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:44 12 January 2016

QEII Bridge at Dartford

QEII Bridge at Dartford

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The Campaign to Protect Rural England and abridge2far have criticised proposals

With a decision looming on which option to take for the Lower Thames Crossing, two campaign groups have thrown their thoughts into the mix, with concerns over both proposals.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England and abridge2far have both criticised plans to build a new Lower Thames Crossing east of Gravesend.

But the two groups are divided on what the best alternative could be.

CPRE believe the current crossing can be used more effectively, while current proposals to build at Dartford or Gravesend would have “major negative environmental impacts.”

And Bob Lane from abridge2far, has commented on the propsed site near Gravesend.

He said: “Another crossing 11 miles away east of Gravesend will not address this problem - the bottleneck on the M25 would remain, along with the traffic congestion, until the issue is addressed.

“The only solution to this problem is to build another bridge at Dartford, this is clearly demonstrated by the fact the bridge carrying traffic from Essex into Kent suffers no such delays or congestion - it is the inherent restrictive nature of tunnels themselves that are the cause of the congestion.”

But CPRE Kent and Essex both believe existing crossings could still be used to better deal with the M25 bottleneck.

A spokesman said: “We believe better operation of the existing Thames crossings within a sustainable transport strategy would be free from congestion; have acceptably low air pollution levels; be part of a dispersed strategic transport network and Channel crossing system, resilient to economic, security and weather issues; reduce the number of loaded trucks parking up overnight and at weekends on local roads; offer a partnership with fleet managers for an end to unsocial working conditions for drivers; promote more diversion to rail and unaccompanied trailer operations, and herald the beginning of a lower impact future for transport through Kent and Essex.

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