We are providing you with an update on the Lower Thames Crossing Supplementary Consultation given the current situation with Coronavirus and the measures the Government has put in place.
The Supplementary Consultation on the changes we have made to the project’s design since our 2018 Statutory Consultation, has been underway since 29 January. We are 7 weeks through the 8-week consultation period. We have completed more than 80% of our 22 events, with almost 4,000 people visiting 7 of the 8 Public Information Events (PIE), and 10 of the 13 Mobile Information Centres (MIC).
The current situation with Coronavirus is unprecedented and we have been giving careful consideration to how we support the Government’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus, protecting the public and our staff, while also continuing our vital work to maintain, operate and improve England’s strategic road network.
Following the Government’s updated guidance issued on Monday we took the decision to cancel our last PIE and our remaining 3 MICs. While we have carried out the majority of our events, we recognise that some people may have not yet had the opportunity to speak to the team at an event. We also understand that the attentions of people and organisations will have been focused elsewhere over the past few days.
We are therefore taking two measures to respond to those issues.
Firstly, we have taken the decision to extend the consultation until 23.59 on Thursday 2 April.
This is to give people additional time to complete their consultation response and to enable organisations to complete their governance processes, which may have been disrupted.
Until that time people can continue to share their views:
- by submitting a paper response form to Freepost LTC CONSULTATION
- by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondly, we will be opening a public consultation telephone service between 2pm and 8pm, on Monday 23 March and Wednesday 25 March 2020. To access the telephone consultation service please call 020 3787 4300.
This will be for members of the public who had planned to go to the remaining events the opportunity to speak to a member of the project team about the changes we are consulting on.
How to have say
- All of our consultation materials are available on our consultation website
- Document deposit locations, which hold hard copies of all the materials, presently remain open
- Information points which hold the Guide to Consultation, Consultation Response Form and Freepost envelope, presently remain open
- We will also post out the Guide, Response Form and Freepost envelope on request by emailing us at email@example.com or calling on 0300 123 5000
The development of the Lower Thames Crossing and other infrastructure projects will play an important role as the country seeks to recover from the wide range of impacts we face. It is critical that we maintain the progress of our projects and keep the momentum of delivery.