Highways England is reassuring people living near the site of the new Lower Thames Crossing that it’s working with local authorities to ensure the project does not cause undue strain on infrastructure in the area.
It’s responded to a story in Highways News quoting a councillor in Thurrock who says he is, “really concerned that the area won’t be able to cope with that number of workers.”
Highways England says it is “working closely with the local authority to reduce the impact construction has on local communities.”
Shaun Pidcock, Lower Thames Crossing Programme Director, told Highways News, “The proposed Lower Thames Crossing is the most ambitious road project in 35 years. If it gets the green light it will add billions to the economy by connecting people to jobs and businesses to customers, as well as play an important role in the region’s recovery from Covid by creating jobs and supporting local businesses and people.
“We want to make sure that local communities benefit as much as possible. We have started recruitment drives for local staff and apprentices, and are visiting nearby schools to find the next generation of engineers. Over 400 businesses have already signed up to our business directory that will enable our main contractors to build a local supply chain, and we are offering free training so businesses have the skills to deliver this project and others in the region.
“We have also worked with local authorities to develop an accommodation strategy that takes into account the availability of local housing and facilities, reduces the impact on local roads, as well as make use of local retail and hospitality where appropriate.”
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