Thames crossing

Lower Thames Crossing proposals

Highways England is consulting on the proposed Lower Thames Crossing. The consultation will be open from Wednesday 10 October 2018 until Thursday 20 December 2018.

Full details of the consultation – including dates and locations of public information events in Thurrock – are online at Highways England: Lower Thames Crossing statutory consultation.

Thurrock Council remains unanimously opposed to any Lower Thames Crossing in the borough and this position has not changed.

You can have your say on Highways England's proposals by:

The consultation is taking place in advance of making an application to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Development Consent Order (DCO).

Highways England proposals

Highways England says that the project's main proposals include:

  • 2 new tunnels under the Thames – one southbound and one northbound
  • about 12.5 miles (23km) of new road with a 70mph speed limit, connecting the A2/M2 to the M25
  • improvements to the M25, A2, and A13 where the crossing connects to the road network
  • new structure and changes to existing ones – including bridges, buildings, tunnel entrances, viaducts and utilities such as electricity pylons – along the length of the new road
  • a free-flow charging system similar to that at the Dartford Crossing, where drivers do not need to stop but pay remotely

We will continue to insist that Thurrock's priorities are met, not just those of Highways England.

If the scheme goes ahead, we will work with Highways England to make sure:

  • everything possible is done to minimise the impact on our local environment
  • the health of our residents is not harmed

How we plan to respond

Thurrock Council was not given an advance copy of the consultation documents, despite many requests. Now the consultation has opened we will analyse the details as quickly and carefully as possible so we can give a robust response.

When we have studied all the documents, we will share information to help residents and businesses respond to consultation. This will be published on our website as soon as possible