The route - North of the river in Thurrock and Essex

Closes 20 Dec 2018

Opened 10 Oct 2018

Overview

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North of the river in Thurrock and Essex

This section covers the part of the route highlighted above which passes from the crossing through Tilbury, Chadwell St Mary, Linford, Orsett and Ockendon. There are four smaller areas to describe the route, which are:

  • Tilbury junction
  • A13 junction
  • LTC and M25 junction
  • M25 junction 29

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To comment on the proposed route north of the crossing, answer question 3d and 3e in the response form.

To comment on the connections between the proposed route north of the tunnel and the surrounding roads, answer question 4c to 4f.

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Tilbury junction

Leaving the northern tunnel entrance, the route will pass near to Tilbury and East Tilbury. Approaching the new Tilbury junction, it will be elevated, initially passing on an embankment and then on a viaduct as it passes through a flood zone.

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The junction will be located west of East Tilbury, just over half a mile (approximately 1km) north of the northern tunnel entrance and 400 metres south of the Tilbury loop railway. It will form a roundabout with four single lanes to and from the new route. On the east side of the roundabout two connections have been included, one to a proposed rest and service area and another for tunnel maintenance and an access road.

The proposed rest and service area west of East Tilbury could be open 24 hours a day. See Proposed rest and service area.

Beyond the Tilbury junction, the route will continue passing by West Tilbury and Linford.

Tilbury link road – we are not proposing a link road to Tilbury from the junction. Our modelling highlighted a number of drawbacks to our potential design at Tilbury and the A13, including unnecessary delays to HGV journeys and significant impacts on the local roads. The inclusion of the Tilbury junction means that the opportunity remains to deliver a direct link to Tilbury in the future, subject to necessary funding and consents.

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To comment on the proposed rest and service area, answer question 8 in the response form.

Tilbury junction images

Existing and proposed landscape near to East Tilbury

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Proposed rest and service area

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A proposed rest and service area, situated west of East Tilbury would be open 24 hours a day. This would include parking for 400 cars (including disabled and motorcycle spaces), 80 HGVs and 16 coaches. There would also be provision for electric charging points, toilets, washing facilities and showers for HGV drivers, fuel, and food and drink. Within this site we have included a proposed maintenance depot and a provisional Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) facility.

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A13 junction

The route continues passing by West Tilbury, Linford and Chadwell St Mary to approach a new junction layout between the Lower Thames Crossing, A13 and A1089. It will be located at the site of the existing junction between these roads to the west of Orsett.

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The new route will pass under the A13 to the east of the existing A1089 bridge. The existing connections between the A13 and A1089 will all be retained with some modifications. A short section of the new route will reduce to two lanes in both directions around the A13 junction.

The connections to other roads that can be made from this junction are described after the main junction maps.

Beyond the A13 junction the route would continue north west of Orsett turning further west.

Have your say

To comment on the proposed route travelling north of the crossing, answer question 3d and 3e in the response form.

To comment on the connections between the proposed route travelling north of the crossing and the surrounding road network, answer question 4c to 4f.

A13 junction images

Existing and proposed A13 junction

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A13 junction proposals


A13 junction proposals – structures

A13 junction connections

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LTC northbound to join the A13 eastbound. This connection will start in a cutting before rising to cross the LTC and merge with the connection from the LTC southbound on an embankment, passing over Baker Street and joining the A13
LTC southbound to join the A13 eastbound, joins with the connection from LTC northbound (figure 5-25). This connection will start in a cutting to pass under Stifford Clays Road before merging with the connection from the LTC northbound, passing over Baker Street and joining the A13
Joining the LTC northbound from the A13. Traffic leaving the A1089 northbound also joins this connection. This connection is in a cutting as it leaves the A13 at Orsett Cock. It travels under the realigned Orsett Cock roundabout A13 westbound on slip road, over the A13 westbound to the LTC southbound and the A1089. It is in a cutting to pass under the A13 and Stifford Clays Road and joins the LTC northbound
Leaving the A13 westbound to join the LTC southbound joins a connection to A1089 southbound (this will require changes to the existing A13 westbound to A1089 southbound slip road). This connection leaves the A13 westbound in a cutting under the realigned Orsett Cock roundabout A13 westbound on slip road. It is also in a cutting beneath the A13 to the LTC northbound and the A1013 before joining the LTC
Leaving the A1089 northbound to join the LTC northbound and southbound. This connection leaves the A1089 in cutting under the A1013, remaining in a cutting to pass under the A13 and Stifford Clays Road, then joins with the LTC northbound. The LTC southbound connection diverges after passing under the A13 and crosses over the LTC to merge on the left.

Traffic from the Port of Tilbury

Northbound (A1089) traffic from the Port of Tilbury would access the Lower Thames Crossing directly by using the new free-flow link roads at the A13 junction to go north or south.

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Southbound (A1089) traffic wanting to access the Port of Tilbury would use the existing freeflow connections between the A13 and A1089 junction

Traffic travelling northbound or southbound on the Lower Thames Crossing and wanting to access the port would have to come off at the A13 junction and travel east along the A13 to Manorway Roundabout, three miles away, and u-turn to use the existing A13 and A1089 junction.

A13 junction images

Existing and proposed view from Baker Street looking west towards the A13 junction

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Existing and proposed view from Brentwood Road looking north west towards the A13 junction

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LTC/M25 junction

The route would continue across the Mardyke river and Golden Bridge Sewer. It would then connect with the M25. The junction with the M25 will be located just under two miles (3km) south of junction 29 on the M25, near Ockendon Road.

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The junction will have slip roads for northbound LTC traffic to join the M25 and southbound M25 traffic to join the LTC.

A short section of the M25 will be reduced from four lanes to three lanes.

Improvement work will also be carried out on the M25 between the new junction and junction 29.

Existing and proposed M25 junction looking north

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LTC/M25 junction proposals

 

LTC/M25 junction proposals – structures

LTC/M25 junction images

Existing and proposed Mardyke Valley

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M25 junction 29

Beyond the northern section of the Lower Thames Crossing, improvement and modification works will also be needed at junction 29 on the M25 and to the north of junction 29.

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The M25 through junction 29 will be widened from three lanes to four in both directions with hard shoulders.

The connections of the north-facing slip roads at this junction will be changed because of the widening through the junction. Changes will also be carried out at the existing junction 29 roundabout.

Existing and proposed view of M25 between junction 29 and 30

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M25 junction 29 proposals


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