Lower Thames Crossing – Have Your Say!!

Proposed new road between junctions 29 and 30 of the M25

The consultation on the Lower Thames Crossing opens today and residents, businesses and other stakeholders are encouraged to respond.

The following is a press release from Highways England:

Highways England has today launched a ten-week consultation on the latest designs for the Lower Thames Crossing, a major new road linking Kent, Thurrock and Essex which would nearly double road capacity across the river Thames and almost halve journey times at Dartford Crossing.

The 14.5 mile route connecting Gravesham in Kent and Thurrock in Essex would create a new, three-lane dual carriageway connecting the M2 near Rochester and the M25 in Essex between North and South Ockendon. It would include a 2.4 mile-long tunnel under the Thames between Gravesend and Tilbury – the longest road tunnel in the UK – and, at over 50 feet wide, the third largest bored tunnel in the world.

Details on how to take part in the consultation will be found at:


Over 25 public information events are being held across Kent, Essex, Thurrock and Havering. Additionally a mobile information van will visit 30 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 available to answer queries on the proposed route, how it would be built and operated, and how Highways England plans to minimise the impact on the local environment and community.

More information on the scheme can be found HERE

Details of the public information events are as follows:


Location Borough Date
Orsett Hall Hotel, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS Thurrock Tuesday 16 October from 2pm to 9pm
Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bluewater Parkway, Greenhithe, DA9 9ST, Dartford Saturday 20 October from 9am to 9pm, and Sunday 21 October from 11am to 5pm
Chalk Parish Hall, Pirrip Close, Gravesend, DA12 2ND, Gravesham Monday 22 October from 2pm to 9pm
Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford, DA1 2JZ, Dartford Tuesday 23 October from 2pm to 9pm
West Horndon Village Hall, Thorndon Avenue, West Horndon, CM13 3TP Brentwood Wednesday 24 October from 2pm to 9pm
Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock Way, Grays, RM20 2ZP Thurrock Saturday 27 October from 9am to 9pm, and Sunday 28 October from 11am to 5pm
Tilbury Community Association, Civic Square, Tilbury, RM18 8AA Thurrock Tuesday 30 October from 2pm to 9pm
Cascades Leisure Centre, Thong Lane, Gravesend, DA12 4LG, Gravesham Thursday 1 November, from 2pm to 9pm
Shorne Village Hall, 16 The Street, Shorne, DA12 3EA, Gravesham Saturday 3 November from midday to 6pm
Thurrock Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays, RM16 2JU Thurrock Tuesday 6 November from 2pm to 9pm
Linford Methodist Church, East Tilbury Road, Linford, SS17 0QQ Thurrock Wednesday 14 November from 2pm to 9pm
Brandon Groves Community Club, Brandon Groves Avenue, South Ockendon, RM15 6TD Thurrock Friday 16 November from 2pm to 9pm
The New Windmill Hall, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, RM14 2QH Havering Saturday 17 November from midday to 6pm
Holiday Inn Basildon, Cranes Farm Road, Waterfront Walk, Festival Leisure Park, Basildon, SS14 3DG Basildon Monday 19 November from 2pm to 9pm
Gravesham Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU, Gravesham Wednesday 21 November from 2pm to 9pm
St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Lane, Upminster, RM14 3QH Havering Thursday 22 November from 2pm to 9pm
Havering College of Further & Higher Education, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, Essex Havering Monday 26 November from 2pm to 9pm
Holiday Inn Brentwood M25 junction 28, Brooke Street, Brentwood, CM14 5NF Brentwood Wednesday 28 November from 2pm to 9pm
Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BD Havering Friday 30 November from 2pm to 9pm
Doubletree Dartford Bridge Hotel, Masthead Close, Crossways Business Park, Dartford, DA2 6QF Dartford Monday 3 December from 2pm to 9pm
Dover Town Hall, Biggin Street, Dover, CT16 1DL Dover Tuesday 4 December, from 2pm to 9pm
Rochester Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester, ME1 1LS Medway Wednesday 5 December, from 2pm to 9pm
Chadwell Village Hall, Waterson Road, Chadwell St Mary, RM16 4NX Thurrock Friday 7 December from 2pm to 9pm


  1. I live on Low Street Lane,have heard that our house could be taken down,my house is part of my job,i work on the farm that is affected.what happens to myself and my son if that happens,it is a tied cottage so forms part of my wages with a reduced rent,as far as i am concerned no one cares about the people this will affect,i didnt vote against the road as it will be done whatever we say,i am concerned for my son and myself for the future,where will we live and will i have a job even.

  2. With all the billions of pounds the government have collected from road users over the years, as Gareth Johnson says it should have been done 15 years ago, now it is probably out of date before it gets started

  3. It’s an ambitious project.

  4. Dear Sirs, my comment is that the road tunnel should start at the connection with the A13, as you will be constructing slip roads and over and under bridges. so just carry on a create the tunnel entrance there. I can see little use for a roundabout at East Tilbury where there is only local traffic.
    Hopefully you should be able by then to use most of the equipment from the Elizabeth Line, which should be finished by then! I can tell you that the embankments and rail side space are absolutely littered with cranes and every sort of machinery just lying around. None of the station improvements are finished yet after. I have the original “VISION” and the opening date was 2013!!! A quick success within budget, and very useful with the interminable traffic life nowadays.

  5. A great idea let’s hope it wont disrupt people’s homes and work too much and it gets done as SOON as possible much needed to release the traffic problems in our roads

  6. Its been to long in coming so please get on with this road, before I:m to old to get any benefit.

  7. Not required here should be at bottom of M11 or continue A130 over by convey island

  8. In response to your offer to the public to have their say regarding the proposed new Lower Thames Crossing, I hereby submit my review of the proposal.

    1. I understand that the existing slow traffic flow is causing extensive delays, and apart from costs imposed on goods deliveries there is an added problem of pollution caused by held up vehicles.
    2. There is no easy solution to this problem.

    However, the provision of a new tunnel with an eventual connection to the M25, will only provide a parking space during the times of high traffic volume, and the same hold up will occur where the new road connects to the existing road. With the increasing traffic volume over the next ten years the current plans will be a failure.
    In financial terms, the high cost of this plan will never realize a saving of operational funds and if this was an operation of a private business it would never be justified.
    The other serious faults of the plan is a) number of residences to be demolished and b) the green belt land which will become available for development.
    Why is it not a possibility to add a new tunnel alongside the existing one and to widen the M25 over a longer distance?

    I hope that you will be able to reply to my concerns.

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