Lower Thames Crossing: new consultation opens

A five-week local refinement consultation has opened on the Lower Thames Crossing, National Highways has announced.

12th May 2022 1:44 PM

From today (Thursday 12 May), the consultation will run until Monday 20 June 2022. It will offer an opportunity have a say on the local changes to the proposed project, following the community impacts consultation held in 2021.

Proposed changes include:

  • the re-design of Tilbury Fields
  • increasing the amount of open space south of the river by adding land to the east of Chalk Park
  • a new link road from the Orsett Cock junction to the A1089 southbound
  • a new bridge over the A127 for walkers, cyclists and horse riders
  • modified access to the northern tunnel entrance, providing safer operation of the tunnel facilities and better access for the emergency services
  • additional environmental compensation

You can visit a dedicated consultation website here.

“Pressing need”

The Lower Thames Crossing is one of the largest infrastructure projects in a generation, doubling road capacity in the east of London, and potentially creating one of the longest road tunnels in the UK beneath the Thames.

Speaking about the consultation, Matt Palmer, Executive Director for the Lower Thames Crossing, said: “There is a pressing need to tackle congestion at the Dartford Crossing which causes delays and unreliable journeys for tens of thousands of people every day. The Lower Thames Crossing will be a vital piece of the UK’s transport infrastructure, not only by providing a reliable alternative to Dartford, but by driving the economy by bringing people closer to jobs and businesses closer to their customers.

“These consultations are crucial in helping us get the design right; to reduce the impact on local communities and environment, but also give the most benefit to local communities.”