New images showing plans for Britain’s longest road tunnel connecting Kent, Essex and Thurrock have been released as the project begins its next phase of public consultation today.
|The further consultation into Highways England’s proposed Lower Thames Crossing will give people the chance to have their say on latest changes to the multi-billion pound project.
The changes have been made after detailed analysis of the 29,000 responses received during the last consultation held in 2018, and new technical information following surveys and ground investigations.
Caption: this viaduct will carry the new Lower Thames Crossing route over the Mardyke valley
The Lower Thames Crossing will provide a new 14.3-mile 70mph road connecting Kent, Thurrock and Essex, with the world’s third-widest bored tunnel.
It will almost double road capacity across the River Thames east of London, connecting communities, reducing delays and providing more reliable journeys.
The eight-week consultation began today (00:01 29 January) and will end at 23:59 on 25 March.
People can respond in the consultation by visiting one of 20 events in Kent, Essex and Thurrock, by completing an online survey through the Lower Thames Crossing website, sending a form via Freepost, or sending an email.
Caption: the north entrance to the Lower Thames Crossing, in Essex
Chris Taylor, Director of Highways England’s Complex Infrastructure Programme, said:
“The Lower Thames Crossing is Highways England’s most ambitious project in 30 years, designed to improve journeys across the southeast and open up new connections and opportunities for people and businesses.
“Getting the views of the local community and businesses is crucial to designing a project that will offer the best value, maximise the benefits for all, while reducing the impact on local communities and the environment. This consultation is a chance for people to review and comment on a number of changes made since our last consultation in 2018, and to help shape this once-in-a-generation project.”
Caption: the Lower Thames Crossing junction with the M25 (looking north), with a new bridge for Ockenden Road
The updates to the design include:
Caption: the southern entrance to the Lower Thames Crossing, in Kent
Other updated plans on show include:
Once the consultation closes in March, Highways England will analyse the new responses ahead of finalising its plans to seek planning consent for the project, through submitting a Development Consent Order (DCO).
As part of the DCO application, Highways England will submit a Consultation Report, explaining how the issues raised during both consultations were considered and responded to.
Caption: the view of Muckingford Road in Essex, overlooking the northern entrance to the Lower Thames Crossing
| Highways England is the government-owned company responsible for modernising, maintaining and operating England’s motorways and major A roads.
Project images and high-quality video news reel can be downloaded here: https://lowerthamescrossing.sharepoint.com/:f:/s/ExternalFS/EsvW_00TNDNEvUGEDbeuTyMBEefbOohxGXKSOcWHifRZsA?e=IZ87PR
Full details of the changes to the design being consulted upon will be made available at the start of the consultation on 29 January 2020.
Consultation Website – www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk/consultation-2020
How to get involved
Consultation event locations south of the River Thames
Mobile Information Centre locations south of the River Thames
Consultation event locations north of the River Thames
Mobile Information Centre locations north of the River Thames
Consultation documents at our deposit locations:
The Lower Thames Crossing is a proposed new road connecting Kent, Thurrock and Essex through the UK’s longest road tunnel, beneath the River Thames. The new connection will provide up to 90% additional road capacity across the River Thames east of London and transform journeys through the South East region and beyond.
Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and major A roads is available via its website ( www.trafficengland.com), local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile apps. Local Twitter services are also available at https://highwaysengland.co.uk/highways-england-about-us.
For further information please contact Highways England’s press office (24hrs) on 0844 693 1448 and select the most appropriate option below:
|Option 1: National enquiries (9am to 5.30pm) & out of hours for urgent enquiries
Option 2: North West (between 9am & 5.30pm)
Option 3: Yorkshire, Humber and North East (between 9am & 5.30pm)
Option 4: West Midland (between 9am & 5.30pm)
Option 5: East Midlands (between 9am & 5.30pm)
Option 6: East (between 9am & 5.30pm)
Option 7: South East (between 9am & 5.30pm)
Option 8: South West (between 9am & 5.30pm)