Lower Thames Crossing project delayed

The Transport Secretary has announced that the Lower Thames Crossing project has been put back two years.

The published Government announcement states –

‘As one of the largest planning applications ever, the Lower Thames Crossing, backed by £800 million to date, will also be slowed down by 2 years. This will allow more time to take into account stakeholder views and prepare an effective and deliverable plan, while helping to meet inflationary pressures and deliver the planning processes properly.’

At this stage, there is no word on whether this will have any effect on the forthcoming examination of the draft Development Consent Order (DCO) submitted by National Highways in November 2022.

The Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association will keep residents updated when we hear further news.

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