Over 26,000 people have had their say on our proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing, a major new road to link Kent, Thurrock and Essex as the ten-week consultation concluded on Thursday 20 December. The number of responses is a record for a consultation of its type.
We began the country’s most comprehensive consultation into a roads project on Wednesday 10 October and hosted 60 events which nearly 15,000 people attended.
These events were in addition to the wide ranging online consultation, which saw around 26,000 replies come in. The vast majority of responses were online, with people from every corner of the UK engaging with the project, demonstrating how nationally important the multi-billion pound scheme will be.
UK map of consultation respondents
Tim Jones, Project Director for Lower Thames Crossing, said:
“The Lower Thames Crossing consultation is arguably the most significant that has ever been held into a UK road scheme and we have had an excellent response with more than 26,000 people sharing their views. We have endeavoured to ensure that everyone who has an interest has had the chance to have their say so that we can take those views to develop the best possible project.”
“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to come to our events and to respond to the consultation, the feedback we have received will play an important role in the evolution of our design. We will continue to work with Local Authorities, Communities and stakeholders as we continue to develop our proposals to maximise the benefits and reduce the impact locally, regionally and nationally.”
The next stage of the project’s development will be to work through people’s comments in detail and use them to produce an updated design which will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for planning consent. The application and examination process will offer people a further opportunity to share their views on the project. Subject to statutory processes construction could start in 2021, with the new road opening to traffic in 2027.