Alternative Route – Option A14

Alternative route Option A14

Yes the A14 is a road in it’s own right running through East Anglia.  However, did you know that Option A14 is also an alternative route for the new Thames Crossing?

As you can see in the map below Route A14 would be a tunnel that runs from around junction 2 of the M25 in Kent, surfacing between junctions 29 and 30 in Essex.

lower thames crossing A14
greenbelt | Option A Route 14
The main facts in favour of option A14
  • Being a tunnel means that air pollution from traffic would be filtered and cleansed.
  • There would be no need for anybody to lose their homes.
  • No green belt land would be destroyed.
  • It would by-pass the hot spots of congestion with a long tunnel.
  • It would complete the M25 as a motorway orbital, bypassing the current A282 crossings (ie the current bridge and tunnels).
  • The current proposed Route C3 is estimated to reduce traffic on the current crossing by around 14%, compared to 40% that Option A14 would provide.

And that’s the tip of the iceberg.  See the information provided in the chart below, which has been extracted from the 2016 Highways England Consultation Pack. Found here > Highways Consultation 2016

Lower Thames Crossing Alternative Option A14 Merits
Lower Thames Crossing Alternative Option A14 Merits
Why haven’t I heard about this before?

Option A14 was one of many that Highways England came up with, but it was well buried and hidden by the time the last consultation happened.  It was possible to comment about Option A14 in the last consultation, but of course first you had to know it exists.  Sadly many didn’t and still don’t know that this preferable option is out there.

As a group we question why this option hasn’t been more prominent as a valuable, safer, cleaner option for a new crossing.

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