The second incinerator requires new underground cables to transfer electricity to the national grid. The map below shows the proposed route these cables will take to Littlebrook Power Station in Dartford (approximately 10kms). Cory anticipate the work will take two years to complete. UKPN (the local electricity company) will use ducting to reduce the amount of digging required, but there will be road and lane closures resulting in traffic delays along the A206 which is the only dual carriageway serving the local area.
Once the second incinerator is operational more waste (commercial and household) will be delivered to the Riverside Energy Park from outside the borough. This will be transported by tug boat and lorry, both of which produce emissions from diesel engines so have a negative effect on air quality. The additional lorries will also create more congestion on local roads.
Road vehicles also produce non-exhaust emissions (NEE) from brakes and tyres. A study has shown the PM2.5 matter from brake dust is just as bad for the lungs as from diesel engines. Details of the research can be found here.
It is important to remember that Bexley’s roads are set to become busier. The council plan to build up to 22,000 new homes by 2030, half of which are expected to be in Belvedere. Plus the creation of 10,000 new jobs. Click here to read Bexley’s Growth Strategy ‘Our Emerging Vision’.