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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. 

 

Statutory Public Consultation - Autumn 2018 - Live!

On 10 October Highways England launched a 10-week public consultation on their detailed design proposals for the new Crossing.  See News & Events for more details.

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.

2016

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.

2014

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.

2013

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.