Consultation – Events

We are holding 25 public information events and visiting more than 30 locations with our mobile information centre to help people understand more about the proposals and put any questions directly to the project team.

The event dates, times and locations are set out below:

Public Information Events

Locations south of the River Thames Date and time
Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bluewater Parkway, Greenhithe,
DA9 9ST
Saturday 20 October 9am – 9pm

Sunday 21 October 11am – 5pm

Cascades Leisure Centre, Thong Lane, Gravesend,
DA12 4LG
Thursday 1 November 2pm – 9pm
Chalk Parish Hall, Pirrip Close, Gravesend,
DA12 2ND
Monday 22 October 2pm – 9pm
Dover Town Hall, Biggin Street, Dover,
CT16 1DL
Tuesday 4 December 2pm – 9pm
Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford,
DA1 2JZ
Tuesday 23 October 2pm – 9pm
Doubletree Dartford Bridge, Masthead Close, Crossways Business Park, Dartford,DA2 6QF Monday 3 December 2pm – 9pm
Gravesham Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend,
DA12 1AU
Wednesday 21 November 
2pm – 9pm
Rochester Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester,
ME1 1LS
Wednesday 5 December 
2pm – 9pm
Shorne Village Hall, 16 The Street, Shorne,
DA12 3EA
Saturday 3 November 
midday – 6pm

 

Locations north of the River Thames Date and time
Holiday Inn Basildon, Cranes Farm Road, Waterfront Walk,
Basildon, SS14 3DG
Monday 19 November 2pm – 9pm
Brandon Groves Community Club, Brandon Groves Avenue,
South Ockendon, RM15 6TD
Friday 16 November 2pm – 9pm
Chadwell Village Hall, Waterson Road, Chadwell St Mary,
RM16 4NX
Friday 7 December 2pm – 9pm
Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays, Essex,
RM16 2JU
Tuesday 6 November 2pm – 9pm
Havering College of Further and Higher Education,
42 Ardleigh Road, Hornchurch,  RM11 2LL
Monday 26 November 
2pm – 9pm
Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford,
RM1 3BD
Friday 30 November 
2pm – 9pm
Holiday Inn Brentwood, Brook Street, Brentwood,
CM14 5NF
Wednesday 28 November 
2pm – 9pm
Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock Way, Grays,
RM20 2ZP
Saturday 27 October 9am – 9pm

Sunday 28 October 11am – 5pm

Linford Methodist Church, East Tilbury Road, Linford,
SS17 0QS
Wednesday 14 November
2pm – 9pm
Orsett Hall Hotel, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett,
RM16 3HS
Tuesday 16 October 2pm – 9pm
St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Lane, North Ockendon,
RM14 3QH
Thursday 22 November 
2pm – 9pm
New Windmill Hall, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster,
RM14 2QH
Saturday 17 November 
midday – 6pm
Tilbury Community Association, Civic Square, Tilbury,
RM18 8AA
Tuesday 30 October 
2pm – 9pm
West Horndon Village Hall, Thorndon Avenue, West Horndon,
CM13 3TP
Wednesday 24 October 
2pm – 9pm

Mobile Information Centre Locations

Locations south of the River Thames

Date Time Location
Thursday 25 October 1pm – 7pm Ebbsfleet Station, DA10 1EB
Wednesday 31 October 12pm – 7pm Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre ME7 3PD
Friday 2 November 10am – 5.30pm One Bell Corner, Dartford Town Centre, DA1 1DU
Wednesday 7 November 11am – 3pm

Outside Marling Cross Library, Mackenzie Way, Gravesend, DA12 5TY
Friday 9 November 10am – 3pm Higham Library Car Park, 8 Forge Lane, ME3 7AS

Friday 9 November 4pm – 7pm Higham Train Station Car Park, ME3 7JQ
Saturday 10 November 9.30am – 5pm Bluewater Shopping Centre Winter Gardens, DA9 9ST
Thursday 15 November 10am – 3pm Meadow Rooms, The St, Cobham, Gravesend, DA12 3BZ
Thursday 15 November 4pm – 7pm Sole St Station Car Park, Cobham, Gravesend, DA13 0XY
Tuesday 20 November 12Pm – 7pm Strood, Morrisons Car Park,1 Knight Rd, Rochester, ME2 2AQ
Thursday 22 November 10am – 2pm Bartella’s Car Park, Wrotham Rd, Meopham, DA13 0JE
Thursday 22 November 3 pm – 7pm Cuxton Recreation Ground, Cuxton, ME2 1EZ
Saturday 24 November 10am – 6pm Gravesend Town Centre, DA12 2XX
Monday 26 November 12pm – 7pm Shorne Village Hall Car Park, 16 The St, Shorne, Gravesend, DA12 3EA

Wednesday 28 November 10am – 7pm Chalk, outside Parish Hall, Pirrip Close, Gravesend, DA12 2ND
Thursday 6 December 11am – 7pm Cascades Leisure Centre Car Park, Thong Lane, DA12 4LG

Locations north of the River Thames

Date Time Location
Wednesday 17 October 12pm – 6pm Bay Tree Shopping Centre, Brentwood, CM14 4BX
Thursday 18 October 12pm – 6pm Basildon Town Centre, SS14 1EB
Friday 26 October 10am – 4pm Romford, Market Place, RM1 3ER
Monday 5 November 1 – 7pm Tilbury – Civic Square RM18 8AA
Friday 16 November CANCELLED Lakeside Shopping Centre Car Park RM20 2ZG
Friday 23 November 1.30pm – 7.00pm Bulphan Village Hall Car Park, Church Rd, Bulphan, RM14 3RU
Thursday 29 November 1pm – 7pm Derwent Parade, Daiglen Drive, South Ockendon, RM15 5EH
Friday 30 November 10am – 6pm Outside the library, St John’s Way, Corringham, SS17 7LJ
Tuesday 4 December 2pm – 6pm Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields Farm Cottage, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS
Wednesday 5 December 12 – 7pm Layby by Whitmore Arms, Rectory Rd, Orsett, RM16 3LB
Saturday 8 December 10am – 5pm Morrison’s Car Park, 1 London Rd, Grays, RM17 5XZ
Monday 10 December 10am – 2pm The Green, West Tilbury, Tilbury RM18 8TU
Monday 10 December 3pm – 7pm Outside the Village Hall, Princess Margaret Rd, East Tilbury RM18 8SB
Tuesday 11 December 10am – 2:30pm Outside Roomes of Upminster, 41-49 Station Rd, Upminster RM14 2SX
Tuesday 11 December 3:30pm – 7.00pm Moor Lane Church, 226 Moor Lane, Upminster RM14 1HN

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?


We are currently holding a 10-week statutory consultation, which is the latest stage in our proposal. This offers the public an opportunity to learn about our project and provide feedback, which we will use to develop our proposals.

We will produce a report that explains if, and how, we have changed the proposals in response to feedback provided from the consultation. This feedback will form part of our Development Consent Order (DCO) application, which would give us the planning consent we need to start construction.

If we are awarded a DCO, it is unlikely that our design will change significantly during construction. Therefore, it is important that everyone gives us their views at this stage.

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.

 

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Whats happening now

We are currently holding a statutory consultation, which is the latest stage in our proposal. This offers the public an opportunity to learn about our project and provide feedback, which we will use to develop our proposals.

After the 10-week consultation we will produce a report that explains if, and how, we have changed the proposals in response to feedback provided from the consultation. This feedback will form part of our Development Consent Order (DCO) application, which would give us the planning consent we need to start construction.

If we are awarded a DCO, it is unlikely that our design will change significantly during construction. Therefore, it is important that everyone gives us their views at this stage.

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