Before reading this post please consider reading Supplementary Consultation 2020 Step by Step if you haven’t already!
There is also further info on the official Highways England LTC consultation website, and on our website.
Please DO NOT copy and paste any content on our website (or anywhere else for that matter!) into your consultation response. In 2016 HE lumped together 13,000 responses as 1 response as they considered them to be an organised group response as they used a template with a free comments box. We do NOT want a repeat of that this time around, and they have warned us they will do the same again if they consider responses to be organised responses.
Walkers, cyclists and horse riders
Question 3a. Do you support or oppose HE’s proposals for walkers, cyclists and horse riders?
- Here you have a choice to select from Strongly Support to Strongly Oppose
Question 3b. Please let HE know the reasons for your response to Q3a and any other comments you have on any other comments you have on HE’s proposals for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
You may want to ask yourself (in no particular order):
- In 2018 HE made it clear that the LTC would not offer river crossing facility for cyclists, unlike the current Dartford Crossing, which offers a free service to take you and your bicycle across, because they said LTC was a motorway so cyclists couldn’t use it. Now that HE have started referring to LTC as an all purpose trunk road should they now be including river crossing access for cyclists?
- Where will all the horse riders keep their horses to be able to ride if LTC goes ahead? Many of the stables, yards, and grazing fields will be taken by LTC.
- With the extra pollution that LTC will bring who will want to use footpaths, cycle routes, and bridleways anywhere, especially near to the LTC?
- Will it be safe to use footpaths, cycle routes, and bridleways near to such a busy road?
- Whilst HE sell us the new ‘green’ bridges as an improvement do they not create a huge visual impact as they are much wider than a standard bridge?
- Will ‘green’ bridges that HE proposed actually be true green bridges or just wider bridges with footpath, cycle route and bridleway crossing them?
- Is it safe for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders to be sharing these joint paths, or could it become a risk with horses potentially being spooked by cyclists, or pedestrians not hearing cyclists coming along?
- What impact will LTC have on areas of countryside and forest that we already enjoy for walking, cycling, and riding now, that will be impacted and lost if LTC goes ahead?
These are not the only things you can comment on, if you think of anything else you feel is relevant and you wish to share, put it in!
Remember any updates we publish after this will be listed in STEP BY STEP UPDATES for quick reference if you wish to review and add further comments! We just haven’t managed to get answers of some stuff still!
Step by step
Click through in order, or to whichever part you wish to view.
Questions 3a and 3b – Walkers, cyclists and horse riders (this page!)
The other sections – Indentification questions and Equality and Diversity are not compulsory, fill in what you wish if you wish!
Remember to ensure you use one of the official channels to submit your Lower Thames Crossing Supplementary Consultation response by 23:59 on Wednesday 25th March 2020 Thursday 2nd April 2020.