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Lower Thames Crossing

The Lower Thames Crossing is a proposed new strategic highway between Kent and Essex, linking to the A2/M2 in Kent and A13 and M25 in Essex.  It will provide an alternative to the existing Dartford Crossing where traffic exceeds its design capacity, resulting in congestion, delays and adverse economic, environmental and health impacts.

This page summarises key stages in the development of the proposals and TGKP's responses.

TGKP is part of an ongoing Stakeholder Advisory Panel consulted by Highways England at each stage of the evolution of the proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing. 

October 2020

On 23 October Highways England submitted their Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).  Following feedback from PINS, Highways England withdrew the application and are expecting to re-submit later in 2021.  You can follow progress on the examination process on the National Infrastructure Planning website.  TGKP and its partners will be engaging with the EIP process to continue seeking the best outcomes possible for North Kent.

Summer 2020

In July 2020 Highways England consulted on further changes to the design of the Lower Thames Crossing (details can be found here).  TGKP's response to the consultation can be viewed in Statements and consultation responses. 

Winter 2019/20

In January 2020 Highways England published a supplementary consultation setting out revised design proposals.  The main changes proposed included the design of the junction with the A2, removal of the Tilbury junction, revisions to the A13/A1089 junction and the southbound carriageway between the M25 and A13.  There were also more details about utility diversions and the approach to construction. Consultation closed on 2 April 2020 but the consultation materials can be viewed here.  TGKP's response to the consultation can be viewed in Statements and consultation responses. 

Autumn 2019

In July 2019 Highways England published a Project Update reporting on the programme of work following the analysis of responses to their public consultation.  The also commenced Ground Investigations along the route of the proposed crossing and its north and south link roads.  Highways England are now engaged in direct discussions with stakeholders, in particular the local authorities directly affected by the proposed route, to help refine adjustments to the scheme being made in light of their public consultation.  A further, more limited public consultation, is likely in late 2019 / early 2020 to deal with any alterations to the proposals, ahead of submitting their Development Consent Order (expected summer 2020).  More information can be found on the Lower Thames Crossing website.

Statutory Public Consultation - Autumn 2018

Between 10 October and 20 December Highways England held a public consultation on their detailed design proposals for the new Crossing.  TGKP has submitted a detailed response - see Statements and consultation responses for more details.  Highways England are now analysing responses to inform the next stage of preparing their Development Consent Order.

Spring 2017

Preferred Route Announcement

The Government has announced its preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing.  The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, announced on 12 April 2017 the Government's decision and the response to the consultation by Highways England carried out in 2016.

The Secretary of State's statement can be read here.

The Government's preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing

Highways England's response to the outcome of the 2016 consultation is set out in a summary booklet Response to Consultation (pdf 2.9Mb).  The South East Local Enterprise Partnership issued a statement welcoming the announcement.


In January 2016 Highways England launched a public consultation on refined options for the route of the Lower Thames Crossing.  The full consultation materials published can be found here.

You can see TGKP's response to the Highways England's 2016 consultation on the route of the proposed Crossing here.


In July 2014 the Government announced its formal response to the outcome of the 2013 consultation.  At this stage no decision was made between Option A or C (with or without C-variant), and Highways England was charged with leading further work to refine the options ahead of public consultation in late 2015 or early 2016.


In July 2013 the Coalition Government consulted on three options (A, B and C plus a variant of C) of possible routes for a new Crossing.  The consultation documents can be found here

TGKP responded to that consultation reserving its position on a preferred location but arguing against Option B (see Statements and consultation responses).  The Government announced in December 2013 that it was discarding Option B and would continue to consider the merits of Options A and C, a decision welcomed by TGKP.