The public consultation on the Lower Thames Crossing received nearly 29,000 detailed responses, with nearly 15,000 people attending a programme of 60 events held over a ten-week period, with hundreds of thousands more engaging with the project online. The responses were detailed and insightful, providing unique perspectives. Many have raised important issues, and these will inform the continued development of the project.
There is significant support for our proposals with more than 80 per cent of respondents supporting the need for a new crossing and 70 per cent supporting the location.
We're now considering the consultation responses in detail as we continue to improve the design of the project. We'll also be using the information gathered from our ground investigations programme (which began this month) to ensure that our project is delivered in way that has the smallest possible impact on the nearby communities and environment.
To do this effectively, we will need more time to develop our planning application (Development Consent Order application) which we now plan to submit in summer 2020. This, however, does not impact the target road opening in 2027 as we've done more work to our schedule to speed up the construction programme.
For more information about the Lower Thames Crossing project see the links below and visit our website at www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk.
With kind regards
Director, Complex Infrastructure Programme
Following the release of the update on the Lower Thames Crossing project, there will be an opportunity for the local community to come and discuss the report and other project related queries with the team at the following locations:
Thursday, August 8th 201910am – 9pmBluewater Shopping Centre DA9 9ST (Lower Rose Gallery 4)
Friday, August 9th 201910am – 9pmBluewater Shopping Centre DA9 9ST (Lower Rose Gallery 4)
Tuesday, August 27th 201910am – 7pmGravesend Town Centre, King Street, DA12 2XX (Outside NatWest)
Wednesday, August 28th 201910am – 7pmGravesend Town Centre, King Street, DA12 2XX (Outside NatWest)
Thursday, August 29th 201910am – 5pmHempstead Valley Shopping Centre ME7 3PD (Yellow Car Park, opposite Argos).