Supplementary Consultation extended until 2nd April
Given the current situation with Coronavirus and the measures the Government has put in place we are providing an update on the Lower Thames Crossing supplementary consultation.
The Supplementary Consultation on the changes we have made to the project’s design since our 2018 Statutory Consultation, has been underway since 29 January. We are 7 weeks through the 8-week consultation period. We have completed more than 80% of our 22 events, with almost 4,000 people visiting 7 of the 8 Public Information Events (PIE), and 10 of the 13 Mobile Information Centres (MIC).
The current situation with Coronavirus is unprecedented and we have been giving careful consideration to how we support the Government’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus, protecting the public and our staff, while also continuing our vital work to maintain, operate and improve England’s strategic road network.
Following the Government’s updated guidance issued on Monday we took the decision to cancel our last PIE and our remaining 3 MICS. While we have carried out the majority of our events, we recognise that some people may have not yet had the opportunity to speak to the team at an event. We also understand that the attentions of people and organisations will have been focused elsewhere over the past few days.
We are therefore taking two measures to respond to those issues.
Firstly, we have taken the decision to extend the consultation until 23.59 on Thursday 2 April.
This is to give people additional time to complete their consultation response and to enable organisations to complete their governance processes, which may have been disrupted. Until that time people can continue to share their views:
- by submitting a paper response form to Freepost LTC CONSULTATION
- by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondly, we will be opening a public consultation telephone service (020 3787 4300) between 2pm and 8pm, on Monday 23 and Wednesday 25 March 2020.
This will be for members of the public who had planned to go to the remaining events the opportunity to speak to a member of the project team about the changes we are consulting on. We will publish details of how this will work later this week.
- All of our consultation materials are available on our consultation website
- Document deposit locations, which hold hard copies of all the materials, are closed
- Information points which hold the Guide to Consultation, Consultation Response Form and Freepost envelope, care closed
- We will also post out the Guide, Response Form and Freepost envelope on request by emailing us at email@example.com or calling on 0300 123 5000
This is an unprecedented and unsettling time and we want to thank you for your patience as we seek to manage the inevitable disruption we are all facing and the important work that must continue. This means we are having to work in different ways and use alternative approaches.
The development of the Lower Thames Crossing and other infrastructure projects will play an important role as the country seeks to recover from the wide range of impacts we face. It is critical that we maintain the progress of our projects and keep the momentum of delivery.
Summary of changes
- Property and landowners
- Facilities for walking, cycling and horse riding
- Environmental impact
- Building and using the Lower Thames Crossing
We have updated elements of our traffic model as part of our ongoing work to prepare for our Development Consent Order application.