Foreword

Closes 20 Dec 2018

Opened 10 Oct 2018

Overview

Welcome to the Lower Thames Crossing consultation

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this ambitious project. This is your opportunity to have your say about our proposals, which will transform journeys in South East England and beyond.

Tim Jones, Project Director, Highways England

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Highways England’s motorways and A-roads are the backbone of the country and key to driving a successful economy. We want a modern and reliable network that improves economic growth, reduces delays, creates jobs, helps business and opens up new areas for development. One of our ambitions is to make sure all our major roads are more dependable, durable and, most importantly, safe.

Everyone knows that driving across the Thames east of London is frustrating. For many road users, including motorcyclists, the Dartford Crossing is the only viable way to cross the river. It is also a vital freight route connecting ports in the South East. As a consequence, it is the busiest river crossing in the country and is heavily congested, carrying more traffic than it was ever designed for. This puts huge pressure on roads and motorways on both sides of the river.

New connections, better journeys

Whether you’re travelling just a short distance across the Thames to visit family and friends, looking for better access to jobs or business opportunities in the South East, or reaching new markets across the UK and Europe, the Lower Thames Crossing will provide new connections and better journeys.

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Tim Jones and some of his team volunteering in the community

It will dramatically improve how people get from A to B and provide a gateway to the heart of the UK, connecting people, businesses and regions, underpinning economic growth locally and further afield.

It is vital we get all aspects of the design, construction and operation right. This means looking at how we can minimise environmental, noise and air quality impacts, and protect local roads. To help achieve this, we are putting local communities and the environment at the centre of our plans.

Share your views

Since the government announced the preferred route in April 2017, we have been working closely with residents, communities, businesses and local authorities to progress our designs.

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Consultation plays a vital part in the development of these proposals, which is why I am encouraging you to share your views. This guide, along with our series of local consultation events and our website – www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk – will provide you with the information you need. There are also more detailed documents online, at our events and at public locations across the area.

An easy read version of 'Your guide to consultation' can be viewed or downloaded from the following address - www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk/publications.

The consultation runs until 20 December 2018. Please take this opportunity to let us know what you think so we can develop the best possible solution for you, your local community, the region and the country.

 

Continue to the next section: Section 2: What is the Lower Thames Crossing?

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Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Roads