Business views on Lower Thames Crossing are wanted

  • 06 Nov 2018

Businesses in Kent have been asked to give their view in the latest consultation on updated plans for the Lower Thames Crossing.

The major new road linking Kent, Thurrock and Essex would nearly double road capacity across the river Thames and almost halve northbound journey times at Dartford crossing, under updated plans. 


10 week consultation

Highways England have launched a ten-week consultation on the latest designs for the improvements which will run until Thursday 20 December.

The multi-billion pound project will connect communities, boost the economy and add vital extra resilience to the road network, while reducing pressure on the existing Dartford Crossing. It is set to be the most ambitious road project since the M25 opened 30 years ago and will include the UK’s longest road tunnel.

David Milham, FSB Kent Area Leader, said: “This marks an important next step for this project which will help drive forward the economy of the South East.

"We urge every business to consider this vital investment in infrastructure and take part in the consultation.”

In an earlier consultation 47,000 people had their say – a record for a UK road scheme. 

Public events across Kent until end of December

25 public information events are being held across Kent and Essex, as well as 30 visits to local communities to help people understand more about the proposals and put any questions directly to the project team.


At each event, specialists will be on hand to explain the proposed route, how it would be built and operated, and how Highways England plan to minimise the impact on the local environment and community.

3 November Shorne Village Hall, Shorne, DA12 3EA from midday to 6pm
21 November Gravesham Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU from 2pm to 9pm
3 December Doubletree Dartford Bridge, Masthead Close, Crossways Business Park, Dartford, DA2 6QF from 2pm to 9pm
4 December Dover Town Hall, Biggin Street, Dover, CT16 1DL from 2pm to 9pm
5 December Rochester Corn Exchange, Rochester, ME1 1LS from 2pm to 9pm

Find out more and have your say at