New Lower Thames Crossing Route Announced
The route for the new multi-billion pound Lower Thames Crossing between Essex and Kent has been announced as Option C (pictured) which will connect Tilbury and Gravesend in Kent. Despite opposition from Havering Council, Gravesham Council and the Upminster & Cranham Residents’ Association, the route is set to run from the end of the M2 near Rochester, cross the river to the east of Gravesend and join the M25 between junctions 29 and 30 in Essex.
At the proposed M25 junction, this will impact on Ockendon Road (near properties at Manor And Hall Farms, Denises Cottages, Bridge Cottages and Grafton). The surrounding area to the proposed junction includes the North Ockendon and Cranham Conservation areas. The Highways Agency say that the junction will be a ‘free flow’ road comprising of slip roads to the north and south.
The tunnel and route has been estimated to cost between £4.3 billion and £5.9 billion. It is also planned to be a Toll Road.
More information on the Lower Thames Crossing HERE.
See the Havering Council response to the consultation, which opposed Option C, as did the Residents’ Association, in favour of an additional Crossing by the existing Dartford Bridge is HERE.
More to follow…