Campaign for clean air in Kent & Essex with better public transport across the Thames
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It seems likely that Dartford and Gravesham's traffic and congestion problems along with the long-term impact of pollution on all of North Kent residents' health cannot be solved by the new Lower Thames Crossing alone. It is widely expected that the new crossing will offset just 14% of the traffic at the current Dartford Crossing. That traffic is increasing rapidly, as shown by the rising £60 million revenue generated by the crossing last year.
More effective, less pollutive and less destructive sustainable options such as public transport have been ruled out by the government far too early. At present, there is a small ferry and an often slow bus service that crosses the Thames taking less than 1% of crossing traffic.
A decent public transport scheme would likely;-
- Cost 10% of the cost of Lower Thames Crossing
- Carry 5-10% of crossing traffic (around 6 million)
- Produce virtually nil at-source pollution (as could be electric)
- Help link Kent and Essex economies
Sign this petition to ask the Government to look into public transport options meaning cleaner air for the residents of Dartford and Gravesham.
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