Support for the Crossing

Small businesses and organisations in Kent, Essex and London support the Lower Thames Crossing

Lower Thames Crossing - Support for the Crossing

Businesses across Kent, Essex and London are strong supporters of the Lower Thames Crossing and keen to realise the benefits as soon as possible - during constriction and when the new connection is open to traffic.

Over 80% of local businesses support the Lower Thames Crossing, according to survey results from Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) helps smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.  Established 45 years ago, the FSB is the UK’s largest grassroots business campaigning group, ensuring the voice of small businesses is heard. 

FSB surveyed members in the Kent, Essex and London local areas, to understand their views on the Lower Thames Crossing, and the impact that it could have on their businesses.  The results show that the overwhelming majority want to see the Crossing built.  The graphic below illustrates some of the headline figures.

FSB results
Support for the Lower Thames Crossing

Many businesses, associations and groups want to see the Lower Thames Crossing built.  Hear what some of them have to say, and their reasons why.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) helps smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.  Established 45 years ago, the FSB is the UK’s largest grassroots business campaigning group, ensuring the voice of small businesses is heard.   

FSB surveyed members in the Kent, Essex, Thurrock and London local areas, to understand their views on the Lower Thames Crossing, and the impact that it could have on their businesses.  The results show that the overwhelming majority want to see the Crossing built.  The graphic illustrates some of the headline figures.

The Lower Thames Crossing and Me (Essex businesses)

The Lower Thames Crossing is about more than a new road and tunnel. It will enable sustainable local development and regional growth leading to a stronger economy.

Kent businesses

Businesses in Kent discuss the barriers presented with crossing the River Thames, and the opportunities that the opening of the Lower Thames Crossing could bring to their business.
Support from Trade Associations
Federation of Small Businesses Case Study

The Federation of Small Businesses works hard to ensure the voice of small businesses is heard.  In this video, Alison Parmer, Business Development Manager for the Kent and Medway region explains how road travel is essential for small businesses.  She tells us how the Lower Thames Crossing would enable access to new customers and opportunities. 

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce: A Lower Thames Crossing case study

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce supports the build of the Lower Thames Crossing.  Jo James, CEO, explains how connectivity across counties and regions is essential for business growth.  The certainty of travel times that the new Crossing will bring will enable businesses to plan with confidence and open up opportunities regionally, nationally and internationally.

Essex Chambers of Commerce: A Lower Thames Crossing case study

Essex Chamber of Commerce CEO Denise Rossiter says that too much time, money and effort is  wasted due to congested routes in the Kent and Essex areas.  She supports the building of the Lower Thames Crossing and feels there will be great benefits for the area.

Support from major transportation hubs
Port of Dover

The Port of Dover is keen to see the Lower Thames Crossing built.  Richard Christian explains in this video how all freight that arrives on ferries in the port, is on wheels.  With up to 2.6 million freight vehicles passing through the port each year, the impact of congestion around the Dartford Crossing has knock on implications to distribution right around the UK.  The Lower Thames Crossing would provide resilience in the network and help ensure efficient distribution of freight as it arrives into the country.

Southend Airport: A Lower Thames Crossing case study

Southend Airport relies on roads to transport passengers, staff and services to and from the site.  Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation believes the airport would see huge benefits from the Lower Thames Crossing in terms of journey times and growth to the business.

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