Highways England has announced changes and launched a new consultation into its plans for the Lower Thames Crossing.

The further consultation into the multi-billion pound Lower Thames Crossing, which will connect Essex, Thurrock and Kent, will give people the opportunity to view and comment on refinements made to the project’s design based on feedback from earlier consultations, discussions with communities, design updates, and emerging technical information.

The proposed refinements include:
minor changes to elements of the highways design;
new and updated paths for walkers, cyclists and horse riders;
proposals for redirecting and upgrading utilities;
more detailed landscaping proposals, and;
further developed ecological mitigation measures.

The consultation will be open between 00.01 Tuesday 14 July and 23.59 Wednesday 12 August.

Highways England chief executive officer Jim O’Sullivan said: “The Lower Thames Crossing is part of the biggest investment in our road network for a generation and a crucial part of our future infrastructure. It will play a vital role in boosting local and national economic growth, providing reliable journeys, connecting communities and businesses.”

The consultation will feature an online exhibition which will enable visitors to look at digital exhibition boards, similar to physical ones at events. It will also feature videos, an interactive map of the entire route and documents providing details of the design changes. As part of the consultation, the project team will also host webinars to explain key changes, also giving participants an opportunity to ask questions to the presenters.

From Tuesday 14 July, people can get involved by:
Filling in an online survey at: www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk/design-consultation
Posting comments or paper response forms to: FREEPOST LTC CONSULTATION
Calling 0300 123 5000 to book an appointment to provide feedback