Why I believe the Thames Crossing proposal should be scrapped
Jill Seymour MEP, UKIP’s Transport Spokesman, has called on the Government to reject the proposed third Thames Crossing in Thurrock. She is the first national figure from any of the major political parties to call for the Thames Crossing proposal to be scrapped.
She said: “Air pollution in Thurrock is already appalling high. According to Government statistics, 6% of deaths are attributed to air pollution and these proposals are only likely to worsen the situation.
“Thurrock’s roads network is already over stretched, in many cases the increases in traffic is putting Thurrock in a dangerous position if emergency services are required to cross the borough quickly.
“The business case is flawed. The cost of £6bn returning only 5,000 jobs is not value for money at £1.2m per job. UKIP have previously called on Conservative to cut other failed transport policies such as HS2 and this appears to be another one of their white elephants.
“I call on Patrick McLoughlin MP and Lilian Greenwood MP to announce where their parties stand on the issue. I have a feeling the calls will be met with silence. It is a shame that only UKIP are willing to show national support against the project.”