What Can I Do?

Here you will find some suggestions on ways you can help the fight against LTC.  This page will be update as things progress and other options to help arise, so please check back regularly. (last updated 18 Jan 2020)

Together we are stronger!

 

Current Calls for action

These are some of the things you can help with now!

URGENT – Share your experience/comments on Westminster debate on air pollution

There will be an Air Pollution debate in Westminster at 16:50 on 27 Apr 2021 secured by Munira Wilson MP. She wants to hear about how air pollution has affected you and your local area, wherever you are in the UK. Share your comments before noon 26 Aprilhttps://houseofcommons.shorthandstories.com/air-pollution-in-london/index.html.

Here’s what TCAG shared with Munira Wilson MP:

We represent thousands of people who are opposed to the proposed Lower Thames Crossing.  There are many reasons for opposition to the LTC, but in this instance we wanted to share with you the main points that are relevant to air quality.

The original task of a new Thames Crossing between Kent and Thurrock/Essex was due to the problems caused by the current Dartford Crossing, the congestion and pollution.  Yet the project has now morphed into a project predominantly about economic benefit and growth.  We have not seen any data to support the claims of economic benefits, and HE refuse to share info we have requested.  However, we have seen data that proves that the Dartford Crossing will still be over capacity even if the LTC goes ahead, and therefore the congestion and pollution issues will remain.

Not only would it not solve those problems, it would add to them. Highways England are not giving any consideration in to how traffic would migrate between the two crossings (if LTC goes ahead) when there are incidents, and there are not adequate connections, which would result in even more congestion and pollution.  Even when there aren’t incidents there will be traffic needing to take long detours due to the proposed design of LTC and lack of adequate connections.  All of course resulting in more pollution in areas that are already suffering with illegally high levels of air pollution.

Professor Karen Lucas has stated publicly that the whole proposed LTC route would fail against World Health Organization standards for PM2.5.  For everyone’s sake it is vital that the Government enshrine WHO standards on air quality into UK law immediately.

On top of that the proposed route would create over 5m tonnes of carbon, destroy ancient woodlands, greenbelt, agricultural land, homes, communities, solar farms and so much more, and all having not only direct obvious impacts but also implications on air quality and the lives and health of people in and around the areas impacted by the proposed Lower Thames Crossing.

The financial cost of the proposed LTC is now up to £8.2bn, although we believe the true cost will be much higher.  The Government need to start taking into account the costs to people’s lives, health and the environment too, not just financial figures.  What about the cost of healthcare as a direct result of the air pollution? What about the costs to the environment and the ability to exist on an unhealthy planet if we keep destroying it?

We thank you for securing this debate, and would welcome your comments on the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, since it is declared a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), and would be happy to discuss our concerns over air pollution with you further.

More info about us and our campaign can be found on our website www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com and we would particularly like to draw your attention to https://www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com/ltc-toxic-triangle/

 

 

 

Have your say for the Environmental Bill Debate

The UK Government will soon be debating the Environmental Bill. We all need to share our views on this with our MPs and let them know what we want now!

We all have serious concerns over air quality in regard to the proposed LTC, and British Lung Foundation have set up a quick and easy form to fill in, where you can add your own words too if you wish to get your message across to your local MP.

As we know the whole proposed LTC route would fail against World Health Organisation standards for PM2.5, which is why we feel it important to push for WHO standards for PM2.5 to be enshrined in UK as a matter of urgency. We need and deserve clean air.

Please click here and send a message to your local MP now! It literally takes a couple of minutes. Of course if you prefer to email your local MP directly instead of using this template then that’s great too!


These are things that we need help with on an ongoing basis please

Click through to expand each suggestion, we truly appreciate any help you can offer.  Thank you.

One of the main things you can do as a supporter of the campaign is to help spread the word!  It is vital that as many people know exactly what is going on, so that as many people as possible can have their say regarding the proposed Lower Thames Crossing!

Please follow Government guidelines during COVID-19. With many of us using virtual meetings and online chat more, maybe you can help spread the word to others virtually!
TCAG Updates
Please sign up for our updates, so that we can keep you up to date with any meetings, events, and news relating to the campaign.
Tell others about the mailing list, website, social media accounts, meetings, events, and updates, so that as many people as possible can be involved.



Planning Inspectorate Updates
Register your email address for LTC updates from the Planning Inspectorate here, so that you can get the official updates directly from them too.  You will also then be amongst the first to know when it's time to register as an Interested Party, as things progress, so you can continue to have your say!

You can find out more about why this is a good idea here.


If you feel you can do a little more, and/or help in any way then please consider getting in touch to volunteer - Click here
Donations to Thames Crossing Action Group are much appreciated and help us to continue the fight against Option C of the Lower Thames Crossing.

If you wish to support TCAG and the campaign please make your payment direct to the Thames Crossing Action Group bank account.

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This means of donation replaces the original GoFundMe campaign which has now been closed, and funds transferred to the new bank account.

In the immediate future these funds help us to produce leaflets to promote Community Meetings, hire venues for the meetings, and keep this website online.

In the future we may also need funds for legal representation and the like, so every donation is appreciated and will be used to help the campaign against Option C of the Lower Thames Crossing.

Thank you.




  If you'd like to put up a poster showing your opposition feel free to print one of ours out if you wish!

Click the image to the left or click here and download and print!
We still encourage you to write/email your comments and concerns over LTC to some of the relevant parties. Some contact details are listed below. Your individual letters can be sent to: -

Government
  • The Prime Minister - 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA or Click Here
  • The Secretary of State for Transport - Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR grant.shapps@DfT.Gov.uk
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Roads) - Baroness Vere of Norbiton Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR Baroness.Vere@dft.gov.uk
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer - Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ rishi.sunak@hmtreasury.gov.uk
  • Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Rt Hon George Eustice MP Seacole Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF secretary.state@defra.gov.uk
Highways England Your Local MP
Click here if you are unsure who your MP is, or are in a different area to those listed below Your Local Councillors
Click through to find your local councillors contact details: Your Local Authorities
If you specifically wish to contact your local authority (Council) relating to LTC