What’s happening now?
The preferred route was announced by the Secretary of State for Transport in April 2017. We are still at an early stage of the process, and there is still a lot of work to be done on the design. We are gathering information and carrying out a range of assessments and surveys to help us better understand the area where we’re proposing to build the crossing. The feedback you gave us during the public consultation in 2016 continues to help us to develop the design of the route.
We’re looking at the areas highlighted on the map as part of our ongoing assessment of your feedback to consultation. Our aim is to make sure the crossing provides the best balance between improving journeys, creating opportunities for economic growth and minimising community and environmental impacts.
M25 junction – We’re taking another look at this junction to see if we can reduce the visual impact.
Ockendon landfill – We’re reviewing the alignment in response to concerns raised about the route going through the landfill site.
A13 and A128 junctions – You said you were concerned about the layout of the junction and that it might cause congestion on the A13 so we’re doing some more design work. We’re also taking another look at reducing the impact on local traffic, particularly the A128.
Junction near Tilbury – We’re considering adding a new junction to the east of Tilbury in response to consultation feedback.
Tunnel portals – You said you wanted us to move the tunnel portal south of the river further south. We’re looking again at our proposals to see if we can extend the tunnel and how best to reduce noise, pollution and impact on the environment.
A226 junction – We’re looking at whether this junction can be removed to reduce traffic on local roads and congestion through nearby villages. We recognise that keeping the junction could support local development plans.
A2 junction – We’re doing more design work to improve the flow of traffic between the A2 and the Lower Thames Crossing and assessing impacts on the A2.
Future proofing – In response to feedback, we’re assessing whether the route should be increased to a three-lane route.
What are my options?
- You might be worried about what the Lower Thames Crossing will mean for your home, your land, your property or your business. Since the announcement of the preferred route in April 2017 we have written to all those whose home or land falls within the development boundary (overview map and detailed map), which is the area of land either side of the route that we need either for the crossing or while the crossing is being built.
We are still at an early stage of the project and we are carrying out further design work that might mean we make some changes to the route that could result in changes to the development boundary.
- We have a dedicated land and property team who can help you understand potential impacts, your options and your rights. For more information on the process and available options, you can review our fact sheet and a series of brochures called Your property and our road proposals, Your property and blight, Your property and compulsory purchase and Your property and discretionary purchase.