The Lower Thames Crossing will be the biggest road project in the UK since the M25

The Lower Thames Crossing will form a vital part of the U.K.’s transport infrastructure, and the areas it will serve are home to economic hubs, key U.K. ports and thriving communities. It will help businesses large and small to grow and bring people and communities closer to jobs, education and leisure opportunities.

The Lower Thames Crossing will almost double road capacity across the River Thames, east of London. The 70mph crossing and the new connecting road network will provide, quicker, safer and more reliable journeys locally, regionally and nationally. At the end of 2018, the project completed the most significant roads consultation ever undertaken in the U.K. with a record-breaking response. The project is now in a critical phase of development as we help Highways England seek permission to build the crossing and begin the procurement to identify the partners that will undertake the construction.

Highways England appointed the LTC CASCADE joint venture as Technical Partner on the Lower Thames Crossing, the LTC CASCADE joint venture – consists of Design and Consultancy firm Arcadis, engineering and programme management company Jacobs, and tunnel and bridge specialists COWI – will provide technical support throughout the project’s development and construction. The joint venture’s role will run through the future stages of the project and include detailed environmental surveys, traffic modelling, economic analysis, planning and design of the preferred route, full environmental impact assessments, engagement and consultation activities and preparation of the Development Consent Order (DCO) application.

Highways England are a government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads.

Formerly the Highways Agency, they became a government company in April 2015.

Highways England’s road network totals around 4,300 miles. While this represents only 2 per cent of all roads in England by length, these roads carry a third of all traffic by mileage and two thirds of all heavy goods traffic.

Highways England will deliver £15 billion of investment on the road network as described in the government’s Road Investment strategy.

This includes £11 billion of capital funding committed between 2015 and 2020 – as set out in our Strategic Business Plan.

Highways England’s ambition is to ensure our major roads are more dependable, durable and – most importantly – are safe. They work hard to make sure the road network is:

  • free flowing – where routine delays are infrequent and journeys are reliable
  • safe and serviceable – where no one should be harmed when travelling or working
  • accessible and integrated – so people are free to choose their mode of transport and can move safely across and alongside our roads

And aim to:

  • support economic growth with a modern and reliable road network that reduces delays, creates jobs, helps business and opens up new areas for development
  • ensure our activities result in a long-term and sustainable benefit to the environment

Visit the Highways England website to learn more.

From climate change to rapid urbanization, our world is a more complex place.

Whether it is maximizing space in cities or making wasteland habitable, we deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes for our clients. Our people work collaboratively to create value through built and natural assets that work in harmony with their surroundings – from shopping centers in Shanghai to new rail systems in Doha and reducing air pollution in Los Angeles.

Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people, active in over 70 countries that generate €3.3 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.

COWI is a leading consulting group that creates value for customers, people and society through our unique 360° approach. Based on our world-class competencies within engineering, economics and environmental science, we tackle challenges from many vantage points to create coherent solutions for our customer.

With offices all over the world, we combine global presence with local knowledge to take on projects anywhere in the world – no matter how large or small. At any given moment, we are involved in more than 14,000 projects.

We have more than 85 years of experience in the business, and COWI is a leader within its field because our more than 7,300 employees are leaders within theirs. Together with our customers, we create coherence in tomorrow’s sustainable societies.

Jacobs leads the global professional services sector providing solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With approximately $12 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 50,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional and construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors.