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November project update
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November project update
November 17, 2017
Dartford Crossing

The Lower Thames Crossing is a new road and tunnel, which will unlock opportunities and economic growth for the South East and the UK while offering new connections and better journeys.

Since the preferred route announcement earlier this year, we have been gathering information and carrying out a range of assessments and surveys to help us better understand the area. We have been looking at the areas on the maps below as part of our ongoing development of the scheme, which incorporates your feedback to the 2016 consultation. The first map shows the design of the route at the preferred route announcement. The second map shows our current thinking for the design of the route, subject to further public consultation.

Map of the proposed Lower Thames Crossing route at Preferred Route Announcement

Map of the proposed route at the Preferred Route Announcement

Map of our current thinking for the design of the Lower Thames Crossing route, subject to further public consultation.

Map of our current thinking for the design of the route, subject to further public consultation

The changes include:

M25 – New junction design to cross under the M25 to reduce the visual impact. Widening of a section of the M25 to improve traffic flow.

Ockendon – Realignment to avoid going across the landfill.

Access to the A13 and Tilbury:

A13 and A128 – Redesign of the junction with the A13 to reduce congestion. This would allow us to remove the A128 junction from the proposed design.

New junction near Tilbury – A new junction near East Tilbury and link road to Tilbury to improve traffic flow and provide an alternative route for HGVs.

A226 – Removal of this junction to reduce the traffic impact on local roads.

A2 – New junction design and widening of A2 to M2, junction 1 to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.

Future proofing – 3 lanes rather than 2 for at least some of the route.

Tunnel portals – Continuing our assessment about the length of the tunnel and where to locate the entrances.

There is still a lot of work to be done on the design. We are gathering information and carrying out a range of assessments and surveys to help us better understand the area and provide the basis for our designs. These will help us to minimise community and environmental impacts and continue to ensure that the preferred route remains the best solution.

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