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My right hon. Friends the Deputy Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Transport, the Planning Inspectorate and the London boroughs of Greenwich and Newham received in the region of 3,000 representations about the Thames Gateway Bridge. The representations came from a wide range of sources including businesses, community organisations and local residents. Of those objecting to the proposal, the issues most frequently raised were:
Lack of choice for different crossing schemes e.g. rail.
Concerns about the information provided in the traffic and transport assessment.
Adverse environmental impacts, that the scheme undermines national and local transport policies.
Traffic will not be local.
Impact on air quality is unclear.
Job creation figures are questionable.
Traffic forecasts are unreliable and the regeneration case for the bridge not proven.
Air pollution, noise pollution and congestion of the existing road network.
Noise impacts, flight paths, flood plain, the future of the Woolwich ferry and community isolation.
Impact on the existing highway network.