The UK’s Secretary of State for Transport has announced the preferred route for the £4.4bn – £6.2bn Lower Thames Crossing, a 3.2km long bored tunnel crossing under the River Thames east of Gravesend and Tilbury.
This announcement follows an exhaustive review of options and extensive analysis of more than 47,000 responses to our 2016 public consultation.
The preferred route announcement paves the way for the next stage of development which will be to progress the design and assessment of the preferred route in more detail, as well as carry out environmental surveys, more detailed air quality and noise impact assessments, further traffic modelling, and various design challenges around, for example, the junctions.
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The new crossing will offer the improved journeys, new connections, network reliability and economic benefits that only a new, alternative crossing location, away from Dartford, can provide.