The public meeting of the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force planned for 18 June 2018 has been cancelled. As recent meetings have seen limited progress being made with Highways England, the task force will consider over the summer how it can continue holding Highways England to account and best represent the interest of Thurrock, ahead of the Lower Thames Crossing statutory consultation later this year.
In 2013, the government consulted on options for a new river crossing in the Lower Thames area. A new crossing could take years to build and be operational. We called for immediate investment to solve the existing congestion and provide capacity for future growth.
We continue to fight any proposals for additional crossings in Thurrock and will work with local residents and businesses to protect the interests of the borough.
The outcome of the consultation, which closed on 16 July 2013, is published here: Options for a new Lower Thames Crossing.
In our online poll carried out between 28 March to 20 May, more than 65% voted against the government's proposed options.
A report on the Lower Thames crossing consultation options was discussed at Thurrock Council's Cabinet, 10 July 2013 (item 16):
Government response to its consultation of 2013
The government gave a response on 15 July 2014 to its consultation on proposals for a new Thames Crossing. The response:
- confirms there is a need for a new crossing
- advises that, as there is as yet no clear preference, government will develop and appraise route options for both location options A and C before choosing where to site a new crossing – Option A is at the existing crossing and Option C is a new link connecting the A2/M2 with the A13 and M25
- advises that government expects to consult on a proposed solution in late 2015 or early 2016
Go to GOV.UK: Lower Thames Crossing for full details.