Lower Thames Crossing Set to Cross Under M25
Earlier this year the government announced the preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing. This new crossing of the Thames comprises a tunnel located east of Gravesend and Tilbury and link roads to the M25 and A2.
Since the announcement, we have been gathering information and carrying out a range of assessments and surveys to help us better understand the area. The feedback given during the consultation in 2016 continues to help us to develop the design of the route and as a result, we have made some changes.
One of the areas we’ve been looking at particularly closely has been the junction with the M25. We would like to thank all residents and representatives who have given their feedback on this proposed junction, which has helped our design team develop their proposals.
Below is a summary of our current thinking on the for the design of our route:
- New junction design to cross under the M25 to reduce the visual impact
- Widening of a section of the M25, including Junction 29 to improve traffic flow
- There will be 3 lanes, rather than 2, for the route between the A13 and A2
There is still a lot of work to be done on the design. We are gathering information and carrying out a range of assessments and surveys to help us better understand the area and provide the basis for our designs. These will help us to minimise community and environmental impacts and continue to ensure that the preferred route remains the best solution.
For more information please visit http://roads.highways.gov.uk/lower-thames-crossing-home/