Lower Thames Crossing Design Refinement Consultation - Foreword

Closed 12 Aug 2020

Opened 14 Jul 2020



Chris Taylor, Director, Complex Infrastructure Programme

Welcome to the Lower Thames Crossing design refinement consultation.

Following our statutory consultation in late 2018 and non-statutory supplementary consultation in early 2020, we are now proposing a number of design refinements to the project, as set out in this site. This is your opportunity to consider and comment on these refinements.

We are in uncertain times and in recent months all of us have been faced with immense challenges due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

At times like these, nationally significant infrastructure projects, such as the Lower Thames Crossing, have an important role to play in supporting our future economic growth. The Lower Thames Crossing will boost local, regional and national economies, while offering new connections, better journeys and fewer delays.

This consultation explains the refinements we have made to the design of the project. The changes described in this site have been informed by feedback received from our supplementary consultation, continued engagement with our stakeholders, ongoing design work and a greater understanding of technical constraints.

With social distancing measures still in place, and in line with government guidance, we have adopted a ‘digital first’ approach to this consultation. This means that all the information you need is available within this site and the additional documents on our website. This includes our response form, which can be completed online or downloaded and sent to us.

We are also offering to provide any requested printed consultation materials by post and we will be running a telephone surgery to support you further. Additional information is available in the ‘How to have your say’ section.

This consultation is an important opportunity for you to have your say and will help us to better understand the implications of our proposed design changes. When we submit our Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate later this year, we will include a Consultation Report that explains whether, and how, we have changed the proposals in response to feedback received from our statutory consultation in 2018, our supplementary consultation earlier this year and this design refinement consultation.

I appreciate that we are all facing unprecedented challenges, but please do take the opportunity to let us know what you think of our design refinements. Your views will help shape the best solution for the local area in the future.

Many thanks,

Chris Taylor Director,
Complex Infrastructure Programme,
Highways England

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