Lower Thames Crossing supplementary consultation - The Lower Thames Crossing timeline

Closed 2 Apr 2020

Opened 29 Jan 2020


The Lower Thames Crossing timeline

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The Planning Inspectorate is responsible for examining the application for development consent. For more information on its role, the process and how to get involved, visit: www.infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk

The DCO process

The Lower Thames Crossing proposal is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. This means that the Planning Inspectorate, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport, will consider our application to build and operate the Lower Thames Crossing.

The Planning Inspectorate will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. If our application is approved, we will be awarded a DCO. This gives us permission to build. Since presenting our proposals for statutory consultation, we have made considerable progress in developing the Lower Thames Crossing project. We have been refining the design, updating our traffic model and carrying out extensive environmental and geotechnical surveys, all while continuing to engage with our stakeholders.

Our original target of submitting the DCO application in 2019 has been rescheduled because of the volume and quality of responses we received to our statutory consultation in 2018. We have considered these in detail and, as a result of the feedback, have made a number of design changes that we are seeking views on during this supplementary consultation.

Following supplementary consultation, we will consider the feedback received before finalising our design, and our environmental and traffic assessments. We will prepare the suite of DCO application documents for a new submission target date of summer 2020. This timeline provides an estimate of how long the process may take.

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