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Consultation launched on proposed changes to Lower Thames Crossing

The proposed Lower Thames Crossing junction with the M25 and Ockendon Road bridge (credit: Highways England) 

Highways England has launched a consultation asking members of the public for their views on proposed changes to the Lower Thames Crossing. 

The project will see a new road connect Thurrock and Kent via a tunnel beneath the River Thames. It is expected to almost double road capacity which will reduce delays and provide more reliable journeys. 

Among the suggested changes to the north side of the development is a new footbridge over the A127, near junction 29 of the M25, which would link existing footpaths. 

There are also plans to use excavated material to create a public space at the northern tunnel entrance in Tilbury which would provide views of the Thames Estuary. Utilities still need to be installed close to this area to power the tunnel boring machine and the tunnel entrance. 

A traveller site near the A13 and A1089 junction would be relocated to a new area of land, that is adjacent to its current site, under the new proposals.

There are also plans for a new compound to supply gas to the local community on Stanford Road,  a noise barrier east of Brentwood Road, and two separate woodland areas close to Baker Street.

The proposed Lower Thames Crossing, A13 and A1089 junction (credit: Highways England)

“Nationally significant infrastructure projects like the Lower Thames Crossing have an important role to play in supporting our future economic growth and it’s important we get all aspects of its the design, construction, and operation right,” said Highways England’s Project Director for the Lower Thames Crossing, Shaun Pidcock. 

“People’s views play a vital role in helping us to do this. This consultation is an important opportunity for people to let us know what they think of our design refinements to help shape the best solution.”

On the Kent side of the development, there are now plans for updated green space on Thong Lane bridge to improve species habitat, the landscape, and ecological connectivity. 

There are also proposals for new landscaping around the Southern entrance to the tunnel and changes to utility diversions to reduce the impact on the surrounding ancient woodland. 

Plans for the area northeast from the Tilbury Power Station (credit: Highways England)

All of the ideas are based on a past consultation that was carried out earlier this year as well as talks with local stakeholders, design development, and new technical data.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, details of the proposed changes can be viewed on an online exhibition and dedicated consultation website. Anyone who does not have access to the internet or who struggles to download the available documents can order copies of the consultation documents to be delivered to their home free of charge. 

The current consultation will run until Wednesday, 12 August. You can respond to it here

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