The route

The fly through shows the design of the Lower Thames Crossing at the time of the statutory consultation. This design is subject to change following the consultation.

The Lower Thames Crossing route has been divided into three sections:

  • South of the river in Kent – M2/A2 junction
  • The crossing
  • North of the river in Thurrock and Essex – Tilbury junction, A13 junction, LTC/M25 junction, M25 junction 29

What’s happening now?

Following the publishing of the update on the Lower Thames Crossing project, there will be an opportunity for the local community to come and discuss the report and other project related queries with the team. (Click here to view dates and locations)

We have launched a comprehensive programme of Ground Investigations (GI) along the route of the Lower Thames Crossing. Tests will be carried out at over 700 locations, including over 400 boreholes, ground water sampling and monitoring, shallow trial pits and a wide range of unobtrusive geophysical surveys. Read more here.

We are going to start Ground Penetrating Radar surveys (GPR) starting from Monday, 28th October and go on for six months. Read more here.

Our priority is to carry out this programme of work in a way that will have the smallest possible impact on the nearby community and environment.

More detail on where and when we’re working, and what we’re doing can be found on our website.

Design changes

Road height – we have lowered the height of the road in some locations by as much as 5-6 metres to reduce its visual impact. This change was made following feedback from the 2016 consultation.

Number of lanes – the route will be a motorway with three lanes in each direction, along the whole route from the M25 to the A2.

It will have no hard shoulders in common with smart motorways.

This will provide enough capacity for peak hours and to meet future demand. It will reduce journey times across the Thames and increase capacity for road users across the river by more than 90% east of London.



What areas are affected

We are already talking with landowners and occupiers affected by the Lower Thames Crossing and we will continue to work closely with them. We understand that if you live in the area, you will have concerns about how the project may affect you – and we will provide all the help and support we can.

While significant areas of land are required for the scheme, we are seeking to reduce the impact on landowners. We are talking to landowners at every stage to understand their specific concerns.

We have set out a development boundary, pictured opposite, that outlines the extent of the land we may need. Since the preferred route was announced in April 2017, we have contacted people whose land or property we believe is within the boundary. Our dedicated team is working with them to explain the proposals and rights they may have.

Within this boundary, some of the land along the route of the new road will be needed permanently and other areas, such as construction sites or land needed to divert utilities including power lines or gas pipes, may only be needed temporarily.

The updated development boundary is shown here; Large scale land use

You can also find a development boundary comparison plan which shows the changes that have been made to the boundary since it was last published in July 2018.

When work is complete, any land that is not needed permanently or for environmental purposes will be returned to its previous use wherever possible.

There is more information about the compulsory purchase process and when compensation may be available in the Highways England publications listed below:

Your Property and Blight
Information for property owners within the development boundary

Your Property and Discretionary Purchase
Information for those who live outside the development boundary but may need to sell their property

Your Property and Compulsory Purchase 
How compulsory purchase works

Guide to Part I compensation
How to claim for the effects on your property of new or altered roads