The Lower Thames Crossing will unlock opportunities and economic growth for the region and the country while offering new connections and better journeys.

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. It will open opportunities for investment in housing and allow businesses to grow, creating more jobs, apprenticeships and training
    • provide a safer, faster, more reliable road that will improve the resilience of the wider road network and relieve the congested Dartford Crossing and approach roads
    • strengthen and connect local communities, improving access to jobs, housing, leisure and retail facilities on both sides of the river
    • be part of the biggest investment in roads in a generation, building a road network fit for the 21st century
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£ billions of additional economic benefits

for the country, through increased investment and business opportunities


70% extra road capacity

created across the river connecting Essex and Kent

70mph speed limit

70mph, 13.2 mile route

offering new connections

More jobs

Thousands of new jobs

created by the crossing

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£4.4bn – £6.2bn

estimated cost of the scheme

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+47,000 responses to 2016 Route Consultation

making it the largest ever consultation for a UK road project

The journey to the Lower Thames Crossing

  • A Department for Transport (DfT) study

    The DfT identified 5 location options for a new Lower Thames Crossing. The 2 most easterly were discounted for being too far from the existing Dartford Crossing

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  • Named priority infrastructure project

    The National Infrastructure Plan includes Lower Thames Crossing as a top 40 priority infrastructure project

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  • DfT study into 3 options

    The DfT commissioned a study to assess the 3 remaining location options

  • DfT public consultation

    The DfT held a public consultation to invite views on the need for and where to locate a new crossing. Following the consultation 1 location option was discounted

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  • Response to 2013 consultation published

    The government published its response to the consultation and commissioned Highways England to look at the remaining 2 location options

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  • Public consultation

    Highways England held a Route Consultation from 26 January to 24 March. More than 47,000 people took part, making it the largest ever public consultation for a UK road project

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  • Preferred Route Announcement

    In April the Secretary of State for Transport announced the preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing, marking a significant step forward in the project’s development

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  • Statutory Consultation

    There will be a Statutory Consultation, to be held in 2018

  • Submit application

    In 2019 we plan to submit an application for a Development Consent Order. To find out more about the stages of an application watch this video from the Planning Inspectorate

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  • Development Consent Order expected

    We expect the Development Consent Order will be granted in late 2020 or early 2021. This gives us the powers to begin compulsory acquisition of land and property and start the construction phase of the project

  • Open to traffic

    The Lower Thames Crossing is expected to open in 2027 subject to planning consent and finance arrangements