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Lower Thames Crossing Supplementary Consultation 2020
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Lower Thames Crossing Supplementary Consultation 2020
January 23, 2020

Eight week consultation on Lower Thames Crossing begins

The supplementary consultation into Highways England’s proposed Lower Thames Crossing is now open.

The consultation will give people the chance to have their say on latest changes to the project that have been made after detailed analysis of the 29,000 responses received during the last consultation held in 2018, and new technical information becoming available following surveys and ground investigations.

The eight-week consultation began today (00:01 29 January) and will end at 23:59 on 25 March.

Have your say

Visit the consultation website

Summary of changes

We have revised the development boundary as a result of the design changes, proposed utility diversions and additional land required for environmental mitigation.
We have developed a detailed set of proposals for maintaining, improving and upgrading the walking, cycling and horse-riding network in the vicinity of the project.
As a result of our proposed design changes to the route, revised development boundary and utility diversions, we have set out our current understanding of how these affect the information that was presented in our 2018 Preliminary Environmental Information Report.
The volume of utility diversions we are planning has increased. Therefore, we have progressed our plans to divert utilities in a way that is necessary to build the Lower Thames Crossing safely, protect existing supplies and enable future maintenance.
We have progressed our plans for how we will build the scheme.

We have updated elements of our traffic model as part of our ongoing work to prepare for our Development Consent Order application.

Key changes to the design of the road

Following feedback from our statutory consultation, we have looked at the junction configuration. We have provided more direct connectivity between Gravesend and the M2/A2 eastbound, and redesigned the Gravesend East junction and link roads to improve journey times.
We have moved the entrance 350 metres to the south to reduce the impact on the Thames Estuary and Marshes Ramsar site.
After further investigation and consideration of the feedback from statutory consultation, we have decided not to progress with the rest and service area. We have relocated the maintenance depot to existing Highways England facilities, which means the junction at Tilbury is no longer required.
We have moved the route approximately 60 metres north-east to avoid the need for major overhead cable diversion works.
We have redesigned some slip roads at the junction between the Lower Thames Crossing, A13, A1089 and A1013 to reduce the visual impact, move roads away from properties, and improve safety and connectivity at the junctions.
We have removed one lane southbound between the M25 and A13 junction to reduce the route’s impact, while still providing sufficient long-term vehicle capacity.
We have changed the structures over the Mardyke River, Golden Bridge Sewer and the Orsett Fen Sewer to reduce the visual impact and the volume of flood compensation needed. The route has moved approximately 200 metres south-west to reduce the work required to move an existing gas main. It also reduces the impact on a nearby landfill site.
We have redesigned the southbound link from the M25 to the Lower Thames Crossing to avoid demolition and reconstruction of the existing Ockendon Road bridge over the M25.

How to have your say

Please only use the following official response channels. We cannot guarantee that responses sent to any other address will be included in our analysis.

Online response form

Fill in the online survey at:
(This link will be accessible from 29/01/2020 at 00:01)


Post your response form or comments to:
(The Freepost address is the only text needed on the envelope, and no stamp is required.)


Email your comments to:


Drop a copy of the response form into any of our consultation events.
(See event list below)

Our consultation events

Public and mobile information events

You can find out more at one of our public information or mobile information events listed below, these events give you the opportunity to meet the team and ask them questions (see the map below).

Deposit locations – CLOSED 24/03/2020

You can pick up a copy of the guide and response form, as well as view other consultation documents including Map Books, the Traffic Modelling Update, Utilities Update and the Environmental Impacts Update, plus an Easy Read version of the guide at our deposit locations (see the map below).

Information points – CLOSED 24/04/2020

Our Guide to Supplementary Consultation contains further information about the proposed changes to the Lower Thames Crossing.

You can pick up copies of the Guide to Supplementary Consultation and the response form from one of our information points (see the map below).

Public information events

Locations south of the River Thames

Cascades Leisure Centre, Thong Lane, Gravesend, DA12 4LG
South of the
River Thames
27/02/2020 2pm-8pm DA12 4LG

Gravesham Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU
South of the River Thames 14/03/2020 midday-6pm DA12 1AU
Locations north of the River Thames

Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays, RM16 2JU
North of the River Thames 21/02/2020 2pm-8pm RM16 2JU

New Windmill Hall, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, RM14 2QH
North of the River Thames 22/02/2020 midday-6pm  RM14 2QH
East Tilbury Village Hall, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, Essex, RM18 8RB North of the River Thames 03/03/2020 2pm-8pm RM18 8RB

Orsett Hall Hotel, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
North of the River Thames 09/03/2020 2pm-8pm RM16 3HS

Linford Methodist Church, East Tilbury Road, Linford, SS17 0QS
North of the River Thames 11/03/2020 2pm-8pm SS17 0QS
CANCELLED – Brandon Groves Community Club, Brandon Groves Avenue, South Ockendon, RM15 6TD North of the River Thames 17/03/2020 2pm-8pm RM15 6TD


Mobile information events

Locations south of the River Thames

Chalk Parish Hall, Pirrip Close, Gravesend, DA12 2ND
04/03/2020 10am-7pm DA12 2ND

Higham Library Car Park, Villa Road, Higham, ME3 7BS
06/03/2020 10am-3pm ME3 7AS

Higham Train Station Car Park, ME3 7JQ
06/03/2020 4pm-7pm ME3 7JQ

Gravesend Town Centre, King Street, DA12 2XX
07/03/2020 10am-5pm DA12 2XX

Shorne Woods Country Park, Brewers Road, Shorne, Gravesend, DA12 3HX
08/03/2020 11am-4pm  DA12 3HX

Meadow Rooms, The Street, Cobham, DA12 3BZ
12/03/2020 10am-3pm DA12 3BZ

Sole Street Station Car Park, Cobham, DA13 0XY
12/03/2020 4pm-7pm  DA13 0XY

CANCELLED – Shorne Village Hall Car Park, 16 The Street, Shorne, DA12 3EA
18/03/2020 10am-7pm DA12 3EA
Locations north of the River Thames

Defoe Parade, Grays (Chadwell St Mary), RM16 4QR
26/02/2020 10am-7pm RM16 4QR

Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane,
Upminster, RM14 3NS
28/02/2020 12pm-5pm RM14 3NS
Homesteads Village Hall Car Park, Dunstable Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 8QT 10/03/2020 11am-7pm SS17 8QT

CANCELLED – Upminster Library, 26 Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, RM14 2BB
19/03/2020 10am-7pm RM14 2BB

CANCELLED – Grays Town Centre, High St, RM17 6NP
21/03/2020 10am-5pm RM17 6NP

Deposit locations – CLOSED

Brentwood Library, Brentwood, CM14 4BP
North of the
River Thames
CM14 4BP

Dartford Central Library, Dartford, DA1 1EU
South of the River Thames DA1 1EU

Gravesend Library, Gravesend, DA12 1BE
South of the River Thames DA12 1BE

Grays Library, Grays, RM17 5DX
North of the River Thames RM17 5DX

Maidstone Library, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ
South of the River Thames ME14 1LQ

Rochester Library, Rochester, ME1 1EW
South of the River Thames ME1 1EW

Romford Central Library, Romford, RM1 3AR
North of the River Thames RM1 3AR

Tilbury Hub, Tilbury, RM18 8AD
North of the River Thames RM18 8AD


Information points – CLOSED

Belhus Library, South Ockendon, RM15 5DX
North of the
River Thames
RM15 5DX

Blackshots Library, Grays, RM16 2JU
North of the River Thames RM16 2JU

Chadwell Library, Chadwell St Mary, RM16 4JP
North of the River Thames RM16 4JP

East Tilbury Library, East Tilbury, RM18 8ST
North of the River Thames RM18 8ST

Marling Cross Library, Gravesend, DA12 5TY
South of the River Thames DA12 5TY

Meopham Library, Meopham, DA13 0AH
South of the River Thames DA13 0AH

Riverview Park Library, Gravesend, DA12 4NG
South of the River Thames DA12 4NG

Shorne Woods Country Park Visitor Centre, Shorne, DA12 3HX
South of the River Thames DA12 3HX

Thurrock Council Civic Offices, Grays, RM17 6SL
North of the River Thames RM17 6SL

Upminster Library, Upminster, RM14 2BB
North of the River Thames  RM14 2BB

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