Highways England has launched a ten week consultation on the Lower Thames Crossing.
The consultation runs from Wednesday 10 October to Thursday 20 December.
The plans for a major new road aim to nearly double road capacity across the river Thames and almost halve journey times at the Dartford Crossing.
The statutory consultation follows a previous consultation in 2016, which received 47,000 responses (a record for a UK road scheme), and a preferred route announcement in April 2018.
What are the proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing?
The proposed 14.5 mile route would connect Gravesham, Kent and Thurrock, Essex with a three lane motorway. The motorway would then connect with the M2 near Rochester and the M25 in Essex between North and South Ockendon.
The proposed tunnel would be 2.4 miles long under the Thames between the east of Gravesend and Tilbury, making it the longest by road in the UK and third largest bored tunnel in the world (50 feet wide).
The proposals have been updated since the previous consultation, and now include:
- The whole route has become a three-lane dual carriageway to improve traffic flow;
- A new rest and service area to the west of East Tilbury;
- A new design for the Tilbury junction, removing the proposed Tilbury link;
- A revised junction with the A2.
The project is expected to reduce traffic at Dartford by 22% with 14 million fewer vehicles
The estimated cost for developing and building the Lower Thames Crossing is £5.3-£6.8 billion. Highways England’s current proposals are that the tunnel would be publicly funded and the approach roads, including the junctions, would be privately funded.
You can read more about the proposed Lower Thames Crossing on the Highway’s England website.
Public Information Events
Highways England is holding 25 public information events across Kent and Essex and 30 visits will be arranged to local communities. Specialists will be at each event to answer questions, explain the proposed route, how it would be built and operated and the plans to minimise the impact on the local environment and community.
South of the river Thames, the public exhibition events will be held at:
- Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bluewater Parkway, Greenhithe, DA9 9ST on Saturday 20 October 9am – 9pm Sunday 21 October 11am – 5pm
- Cascades Leisure Centre, Thong Lane, Gravesend, DA12 4LG on Thursday 1 November 2pm – 9pm
- Chalk Parish Hall, Pirrip Close, Gravesend, DA12 2ND on Monday 22 October 2pm – 9pm
- Dover Town Hall, Biggin Street, Dover, CT16 1DL on Tuesday 4 December 2pm – 9pm
- Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford, DA1 2JZ on Tuesday 23 October 2pm – 9pm
- Doubletree Dartford Bridge, Masthead Close, Crossways Business Park, Dartford, DA2 6QF on Monday 3 December 2pm – 9pm
- Gravesham Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU on Wednesday 21 November 2pm – 9pm
- Rochester Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester, ME1 1LS on Wednesday 5 December 2pm – 9pm
- Shorne Village Hall, 16 The Street, Shorne, DA12 3EA on Saturday 3 November midday – 6pm
If you would like any further information you can contact the Highways England team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 123 5000.
To respond to the consultation:
Send completed forms to FREEPOST LTC CONSULTATION (no stamp required) or email your response to email@example.com.