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Consultation on Lower Thames Crossing: have your say
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Consultation on Lower Thames Crossing: have your say
October 10, 2018

A 10-week consultation on the Lower Thames Crossing starts today, Wednesday 10 October 2018, and we would like to hear your views on the project.

The proposed new road will connect Kent, Thurrock and Essex through the biggest road tunnel in the UK. It will provide over 90% more road capacity across the River Thames east of London, and transform journeys through the South East region and beyond.

In its first year, more than 27 million drivers are forecast to use it, reducing the number of vehicles using the Dartford crossing by 22%.

We have listened to your feedback on the preferred route, which the government announced in April 2017. This has helped us to continue to assess and refine our proposals for the consultation.

The plans published today include an updated, more detailed design which aims to maximise the project’s huge benefits and includes significant changes to minimise the impact on local communities and the environment.

The consultation on the latest designs for the improvements runs until Thursday 20 December. You can share your views on our dedicated consultation website, which also includes all the plans, maps and documents:

The responses we receive during this consultation will continue to help us develop our designs further.

The updated proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing include:

  • approximately 14.5 miles (23km) of new roads connecting the tunnel to the existing road network
  • three lanes in both directions with a maximum speed limit of 70mph
  • improvements to the M25, A2 and A13, where the Lower Thames Crossing connects to these roads
  • two 2.5 mile (4km) tunnels, one for southbound traffic, one for northbound traffic crossing beneath the river

Some 25 public information events are being held across Kent and Essex, as well as and 30 visits to local communities to help people understand more about the proposals and put any questions directly to the project team.

At each event, specialists will be on hand to explain the proposed route, how it would be built and operated, and how Highways England plan to minimise the impact on the local environment and community.

You can respond to the consultation in various ways:

Method Details
Online response form Fill in the online response form at
Freepost Post a response form or comments to ‘FREEPOST LTC CONSULTATION’. The Freepost address is the only text needed on the envelope, and no stamp is required.
Email Email your comments to
Public information events Fill in and submit a paper response form at one of our public information events. Please note that this may not be possible at other types of event.

Media enquiries


For Lower Thames Crossing media enquiries, journalists and other media representatives should contact Highways England’s press office


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