Consultation opens for major UK project

A supplementary consultation phased has commenced for Highway England’s proposed 23 km Lower Thames Crossing.

The multi-billion pound project – which will include the world’s third-widest bored twin-tunnels by two 16 m diameter tunnel boring machines (TBM) – will connect Kent, Thurrock and Essex in England.

The crossing will almost double road capacity across the River Thames by connecting communities and reducing delays.

After analysing the 29,000 responses received in 2018, Highway England has made necessary changes to the project’s plan and has released new technical information following surveys and ground investigations.

Highways England Director of Complex Infrastructure Program Christ Taylor said the Lower Thames Crossing is its most ambitious project in decades.

“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,” said Mr Taylor.

The consultation began on 29 January and will end on 25 March.

Upon completion, Highways England will analyse the new responses ahead of finalising its plans to seek planning consent.

For more information visit the Highways England website.

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