Final opportunity for the public to have their say on £6.8bn Lower Thames Crossing project
Today marks the close of the consultation on the £6.8bn Lower Thames Crossing project.
The consultation into the 23km crossing – which will connect Essex, Thurrock and Kent – began on 14 July and included an online exhibition with interactive maps and videos.
It gave people the opportunity to view and comment on refinements made to the project’s design based on feedback from earlier consultations, discussions with communities, design updates, and emerging technical information.
The project is being dubbed Britain’s most ambitious roads project in a generation. Proposed changes include:
- Minor changes to elements of the highways design
- New and updated paths for walkers, cyclists and horse riders
- Proposals for redirecting and upgrading utilities
- More detailed landscaping proposals
- Further developed ecological mitigation measures
When the consultation launched, Highways England chief executive officer Jim O’Sullivan said: “The Lower Thames Crossing is part of the biggest investment in our road network for a generation and a crucial part of our future infrastructure.
“It will play a vital role in boosting local and national economic growth, providing reliable journeys, connecting communities and businesses.”
Roads minister Baroness Vere added: “Our road network must be fit for the future and the Lower Thames Crossing will be key to this – almost doubling road capacity between Kent and Essex, boosting the local and regional economy and improving journeys across the South East.
“I encourage everyone to go online and have their say on the proposed changes to the design of the project.”
The consultation closes at 23.59 tonight.