Welcome

Welcome to the Lower Thames Crossing design refinement exhibition

The consultation has now closed, but please feel free to browse our information and archives and contact us if you have any questions.

The Lower Thames Crossing is a proposed new road connecting Kent, Thurrock and Essex through a tunnel beneath the River Thames. Following a statutory consultation in 2018 and a supplementary consultation earlier this year, we are proposing a number of refinements to the design of the project.

This online exhibition, containing information boards, consultation documents, videos and an interactive map of the entire route, allows you to see these refinements and lists a number of ways you can give us your feedback.

To navigate your way through the exhibition:

  • Use your mouse or touch screen device to scroll left to right or use the left and right arrows on your keyboard.
  • Click on the information icon to expand each panel or click the play symbol to watch a video. To close a panel, click the X button on the top right corner.

If you have any specific questions or concerns about the proposed refinements, you can also book a call back from a member of our team via our consultation telephone surgery. You can also sign up to one of our webinars to learn more about the refinements. Further information on how to book are highlighted in this exhibition.

Watch the short video below for instructions on how to navigate the exhibition.

About the project

What is the Lower Thames Crossing?

What is the Lower Thames Crossing?

The Lower Thames Crossing is a proposed new road connecting Kent, Thurrock and Essex through a tunnel beneath the River Thames. It would provide much-needed new road capacity across the river east of London.

On the south side of the River Thames, the new road would link to the A2 and M2 in  Kent. On the north side, it would link to the A13 in Thurrock and the M25 in Havering. The tunnel crossing is located to the east of Gravesend on the south of the River Thames and to the west of East Tilbury on the north side.

The Lower Thames Crossing proposals include:

  • approximately 3 miles (23km) of new roads connecting the tunnel to the existing road network
  • three lanes in both directions, apart from the southbound connection between the M25 and A13, where it would be two lanes, and around junctions
  • technology providing lane control and variable speed limits up to 70mph
  • upgrades to the M25, A2 and A13 where it connects to those roads
  • new structures and changes to existing ones including bridges, viaducts and utilities such as electricity pylons
  • two 6-mile (4.3km) tunnels crossing beneath the river, one for southbound traffic, one for northbound traffic
  • a free-flow charging system, where drivers do not need to stop but pay remotely, similar to that at the Dartford Crossing
  • traffic regulation measures that include prohibiting use by pedestrians, low- powered motorcycles, cyclists, horse riders and agricultural vehicles
  • provision of environment mitigation and replacement of special category land

About the consultation

About this consultation

About this consultation

Following our statutory consultation in 2018 and non-statutory supplementary consultation in early 2020, we are proposing a number of design refinements to the Lower Thames Crossing.

This design refinement consultation is the latest stage in the planning process.

It is an opportunity for you to have your say on the changes we have made since our non-statutory consultation in January 2020.

We want to get all aspects of the design, construction and operation of the Lower Thames Crossing right. Your views play a vital role in helping us shape the project

When we submit our Development Consent Order application to the Planning Inspectorate later this year, we will include a Consultation Report that explains whether, and how, we have changed the proposals in response to feedback received from our previous consultations and this design refinement consultation.

Please submit your response by 23:59 on 12 August 2020.

Explore our interactive map

Overview of the refinements

Overview  of the refinements

Following our supplementary consultation held earlier this year, we have continued to work with our stakeholders and statutory consultees to develop our design for the Lower Thames Crossing. This has resulted in a number of design refinements, which we are now consulting on.

To view a summary of the refinements click on each number labelled on the map to the right.

More in-depth information on each refinement can be found here

www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk/design-consultation

M2/A2 Juction

South of the river in Kent

M2/A2 junction:

  • The Thong Lane green bridge over the A2 would move approximately five metres west and the green space would be amalgamated to improve species habitat, the landscape and ecological
  • The Thong Lane green bridge over the Lower Thames Crossing would move approximately 20 metres north, resulting in enhanced green space on the Due to the bridge moving, refinements would also be required to the overhead electricity transmission cable diversion that was shown in this area at supplementary consultation. A new informal parking area is also proposed.
  • A new electricity switching  station at Thong Lane would be required to distribute electricity to all new and existing smaller substations along the Lower Thames Crossing route.
  • Following feedback from our supplementary consultation, we have developed our landscaping proposals to include further detail on our proposed ancient woodland mitigation  and  compensation planting.
  • Following feedback from our supplementary consultation, we have refined the utility diversions around the A2 area and reduced the impacts on environmentally sensitive

Southern tunnel entrance

South of the river in Kent

Southern tunnel entrance:

  • After further investigation and consideration of the feedback from supplementary consultation, we have developed our landscaping proposals around the electricity substation  at the southern tunnel entrance to help integrate the infrastructure into the existing

Northern tunnel entrance

North of the river in Thurrock and Essex

Northern tunnel entrance:

  • Works would be required to install the utilities needed to power the tunnel boring machine and provide power supply to the northern tunnel entrance and the construction site in the
  • A new landform proposal would provide wide-ranging views overlooking the Thames

Route near Tilbury

North of the river in Thurrock and Essex

Route near Tilbury:

  • Two footpaths in the area would be slightly realigned and the option of a shared path along the south of Muckingford Road would beprogressed. This would allow for better connectivity between Chadwell St. Mary and East Tilbury.

A13/A1089 junction

North of the river in Thurrock and Essex

A13/A1089 junction:

  • Following further design work and feedback from our supplementary consultation, we are now proposing a new area of land for the relocation of the traveller This would be adjacent to its current location, with access off Gammonfields Way.
  • Utility proposals in this area include a new, permanent compound at Stanford Road to supply gas to the local
  • As part of our woodland planting proposals and in line with feedback from our supplementary consultation, we have identified two separate woodland areas near Baker Street that we would look to make accessible to the
  • A noise barrier, approximately six metres high and less than 150 metres long, is proposed along the Lower Thames Crossing east of Brentwood Road to help reduce road

In the vicinity of the Mardyke

North of the river in Thurrock and Essex

In the vicinity of the Mardyke:

  • Some utility works in the vicinity of the Mardyke would be required to create an access off Green Lane for future National Grid maintenance

LTC/M25 juction

North of the river in Thurrock and Essex

LTC/M25 junction:

  • Utility proposals include some sewer diversion works from Ockendon Road to Mary’s Lane via the B186 and overhead electricity cable diversion works around the B186 North Road.
  • North of the Thames Chase Forest Centre, we are proposing a new maintenance access track and a multi-utilities diversion. We have located these within the same area to limit the reduction in woodland compensation that is required to accommodate these

M25 junction 29

North of the river in Thurrock and Essex

M25 junction 29:

  • Following feedback from our supplementary consultation, a new footbridge over the A127 is proposed to link existing
  • Utility proposals include gas

diversion works near Folkes Lane and moving overhead electricity cables underground near the B186 Warley Street to avoid the proposed Lower Thames Crossing route.

Property and landowners

Property and landowners

Development boundary

We have revised our development boundary to reflect the changes that we are now proposing for this design refinement consultation.

At supplementary consultation, the development boundary comprised over 26km² of land. Allowing for the changes we are now consulting on, the land within the revised development boundary is now slightly below 23km². We have been able to reduce this by refining the design of utility diversions in some areas along the route.

A comparison of the development boundary presented at supplementary consultation, and the revised boundary, is shown above. Within this revised development boundary, there is now some additional land along the Lower Thames Crossing route that would be required permanently.

At the time we submit our DCO application, the revised development boundary will be referred to as the Order Limits.

Property and landowners

There are approximately 150 residential and business properties within the revised

development boundary. This has been reduced from approximately 270 properties presented at supplementary consultation.

Around 70 would only be affected by works  to adjust existing electricity cables above the properties, so would not need to be purchased for the project. At supplementary consultation, this figure was around 190.

Of the other 80 properties, around 40 would require demolition and the remainder would be impacted by construction works or would need changes to how they are accessed.

Utility diversions

Where we are diverting utilities, such as power lines or gas pipelines, we would normally use the land temporarily but retain permanent rights over it to allow the utility owner to operate and maintain the utility infrastructure. This would allow ownership of the land to remain with the existing landowner. Other areas, for example construction sites, would also only be needed temporarily. When work is complete, any land would be reinstated and returned to its owner.

Special category land

In some locations, the Lower Thames Crossing is impacting existing areas of special category land. Due to this, our revised development boundary includes replacement land for some  of the special category land, or rights over land, that we propose to compulsory purchase.

Revised boundary

Revised boundary

Environmental impacts

Environmental impacts

As part of our statutory consultation in 2018, we produced a Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR), which can be found on our website. This provided preliminary information about the project’s likely significant environmental effects and the measures being considered to avoid or minimise them.

Earlier this year, we produced an Environmental Impacts Update document, which considered the environmental effects of the changes proposed at our supplementary consultation, compared with those considered in the 2018 PEIR.

Our latest Environmental Impacts Update for this consultation explains the environmental effects associated with the proposed refinements, again compared with those considered in the 2018 PEIR and, where relevant, the 2020 supplementary consultation Environmental Impacts Update.

It considers the expected effects on the following aspects of the environment for the proposed refinements (where applicable), during both construction and operation:

  • Air quality
  • Noise and vibration
  • Cultural heritage
  • Landscape and visual
  • Biodiversity (terrestrial and marine)
  • Road drainage and water environment
  • Geology and soils
  • Materials and waste
  • People and communities
  • Climate

The document also explains what we are  doing to reduce impacts (mitigation measures) and why.
 View the Environmental Impacts Update document here.

Next steps

Further assessments and the development of detailed measures to reduce environmental effects are ongoing as part of our Environmental Impact Assessment. These will be reported in the Environmental Statement, which will also

be informed by the project’s consideration of consultation responses, and further survey and design work. The Environmental Statement

will be submitted as part of the Development Consent Order application later this year.

Request Materials

Document request form

Complete the form below to request a hard copy of the consultation materials.

Have your say

Talk iconHave your say

The consultation has now closed, but please feel free to browse our information and archives and contact us if you have any questions.

Email: info@lowerthamescrossing.co.uk
General enquiries: 0300 123 5000

Find out more

Find out more

The consultation has now closed, but please feel free to browse our information and archives and contact us if you have any questions.

Email: info@lowerthamescrossing.co.uk
General enquiries: 0300 123 5000

Online

You can visit the design refinement consultation website at:
www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk/design-consultation

Webinar

Between 20 and 30 July we held a series of webinars, where members of the project team explained and answered questions about the proposed refinements to the design of the Lower Thames Crossing. Whilst the webinar series has ended, you can watch recordings of each webinar using the links below.

South of the River:

North of the River:

Book a telephone meeting

Talk icon Book a telephone meeting

You can book a call back from a member of the project team by filling the form below or calling 0300 123 5000

Call backs will take place between 14 July and 12 August, Monday to Friday from 12-7pm.

Welcome to the Lower Thames Crossing design refinement exhibition

Welcome to the Lower Thames Crossing design refinement exhibition

Refinements in Kent

Refinements in Kent

Refinements in Thurrock and Essex

Refinements in Thurrock and Essex

Before and after images

Before and After

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