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Members of action group fighting against the Lower Thames Crossing development appear on ITV News

PUBLISHED: 08:11 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:11 26 October 2018

View looking north of the M25 junction where the Lower Thames Crossing development will take place. Picture: Highways England

View looking north of the M25 junction where the Lower Thames Crossing development will take place. Picture: Highways England

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Members of a campaign group fighting against the Lower Thames Crossing plan appeared on ITV News this week.

Laura Blake of the Lower Thames Crossing Action Group, as well as other residents who will be affected by the proposal, were featured on the Monday night show, describing how the development would impact their lives.

During the interview, Laura said: “They’re just trying to save money, they’ve taken the link road out of Tilbury because of costs evidently.”

“The fewer houses they have to compulsory purchase, it saves on their bill.”

The 13-mile route, which is expected to cost around £6billion, will connect drivers to the M25, near North Ockendon, A13 and A2 near Kent.

It is set to open in less than 10 years and is being built in a bid to ease the pressure on the Dartford Crossing and double the capacity across the Thames.

The programme highlighted the issues that some residents are facing including Andy Thomas, of Ockendon Road, Upminster, whose house will fall between the Lower Thames Crossing and the M25.

At first, Highways England told him that the house was going to be compulsory purchased but this will no longer be the case.

The father-of-two’s back garden will be 17.5m away from the new motorway.

He said: “We’ve put our lives on hold and we don’t know where to go with it.

“Now we’re going to be left in the middle of two motorways, the new one on the left of us, with the M25 on the right.

“They’re [Highways England} saying there’s no reason to purchase the property but it’s awfully close to a motorway when I’m bringing up young children.”

A spokesman for the action group said: “As a group we are shocked that Andy and the other families have been put in this position, and that Highways England haven’t even had the guts to show them on their ‘fairy tale’ fly through video, instead choosing to show the area as trees.

“If Highways England are hiding things like this in their video, then what else could they be hiding?”

Visit thamescrossingactiongroup.com

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