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Make your voice heard on the Lower Thames Crossing

14 July 2020
Thurrock Council is urging residents to make sure they take part in Highways England’s latest public consultation on their Lower Thames Crossing proposals.
Running from 14 July until 12 August 2020, this is the third round of consultation on plans to build a major highway through Thurrock as part of a proposed new Thames river crossing.
The consultation follows design refinements made as a result of previous consultation feedback and ongoing scheme development work, which takes technical constraints into account. The proposed changes include:

Council response highlights issues with Lower Thames Crossing

17 March 2020
Thurrock Council has set out its concerns that Highways England’s current proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing route could do Thurrock considerable community, environmental and economic harm in its response to their most recent consultation.
The council’s response says that current proposals will sever existing communities, could cost the local economy more than £200m, and will cause additional air and noise pollution in the borough.

Report identifies potential economic harm of Lower Thames Crossing proposals

28 February 2020
A report commissioned by Thurrock Council highlights the possible economic and social harm that could be done to Thurrock if Highways England goes ahead with its current proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing route.
The report, which was published today (Friday 28 February), finds that possible harm caused by the current proposals includes:

Residents urged to make their voice heard in latest Lower Thames Crossing consultation

30 January 2020
Thurrock Council is urging residents to make their voice heard and take part in Highways England's latest phase of public consultation on their Lower Thames Crossing proposals.
Highways England have made changes to their proposals following the first round of consultation which received over 28,000 responses.
These changes include:

Highways England accused of deliberately over-complicating Lower Thames Crossing consultation

14 November 2018
Angry councillors have accused Highways England of deliberately overwhelming residents with the "sheer size and complexity" of its Lower Thames Crossing consultation.
The consultation was launched last month and runs until Thursday 20 December, but the documents run to thousands of pages.
Thurrock Council fear people could therefore be put off from responding and believes it could be a deliberate ploy from Highways England.

Statement on legal action over Lower Thames Crossing proposals

1 November 2018
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "I am pleased that members have supported my motion to explore a judicial review or any other legal action that might be possible against Highways England and their abysmal Lower Thames Crossing proposals.
"The Lower Thames crossing will be a 3-lane motorway, all of which is above ground, tearing through the heart of Thurrock and creating a visible scar on our landscape.

Thurrock Business Board backs council's opposition of Lower Thames Crossing scheme

31 October 2018
Businesses in Thurrock have vowed to support Thurrock Council in its opposition of the "wholly inadequate" Lower Thames Crossing proposals.
Thurrock Business Board discussed Highways England's proposed scheme at its latest meeting on Monday and, having previously given the plans its conditional support, its members concluded that the latest proposals now offered no tangible benefits for the borough's businesses.