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Businesses have chance to give views on new Lower Thames Crossing

Lower Thames Crossing

Lower Thames Crossing

Businesses can give their views on the proposed route of a new Lower Thames Crossing at a special event being organised by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce,  the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP) and the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership.

The Lower Thames Crossing meeting, on Friday 18 March at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, will outline the key issues and the business case for the £7bn investment linking Kent with Essex, east of Gravesend.

Geoff Miles, Kent Chair of SE LEP, said: “Any further delay in delivering a new Thames Crossing will damage businesses on both sides of the Thames, undermine investment, and consign Dartford to many more years of transport misery.

Jo James who represents business on the SE LEP board and is Chief Executive of Kent Invicta Chamber, added: “We need to send the strongest possible message to government that a new crossing at Dartford, although already discounted by Highways England as inappropriate, would damage the county’s economy.

“A crossing east of Gravesend connecting with Tilbury and onwards to the M25 north of the river gives the widest possible benefit to Kent and at the same time strengthens the nation’s strategic road network. We are calling on businesses to raise their collective voice.”

Visitors to www.new-thamescrossing.co.uk will be able to leave their views on the preferred route directly with Highways England via a link.

As a business-focused organisation, SE LEP champions the economic wellbeing of

Kent, East Sussex, Essex, Medway, Southend and Thurrock, through the partnership of public and private sector organisations, including the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership. The consultation will close on Thursday 24 March, 2016.

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