Lower Thames Crossing: MP meets with Roads Minister to discuss Thurrock impact

Stephen Metcalfe, Member of Parliament for South Basildon and East Thurrock met with the Roads Minister, Guy Opperman, in Orsett village in Essex to discuss the impact that the proposed Lower Thames Crossing will have on the area and other villages in Thurrock. The Minister listened carefully to Stephen’s concerns and agreed to consider the […]

Lower Thames Crossing: Delay sees Government Ministers accused of ‘incompetence’

A delay in approving a major road tunnel scheme in Essex that promises to boost the UK economy has seen the Tory Government branded “dilly, dally, can’t” at Westminster. Ministers faced accusations of “incompetence” in Parliament over the hold-up to the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, which has been on the drawing board since 2009 and […]

Lower Thames Crossing: planning decision moves closer

On 21 March, the Planning Inspectorate confirmed that the Examining Authority has sent their recommendation report on the Lower Thames Crossing Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Secretary of State for Transport. The recommendation report summarises the findings of the DCO examination and gives a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport on […]

Lower Thames Crossing awarded Gold by the Carbon Literacy Project

The planned Lower Thames Crossing tunnel east of London has been awarded Gold level accreditation by the Carbon Literacy Project, the first major UK infrastructure project to achieve this level. National Highways explains the scheme is a Pathfinder project exploring low carbon construction, and is committed to raising awareness amongst its workforce of the costs […]

Lower Thames Crossing planning application becomes the UK’s longest ever

The planning application for the £10 billion Lower Thames Crossing has become Britain’s biggest ever, with documents totalling more than 359,000 pages. It’s been revealed the paperwork for the project to relieve traffic on the M25 at Dartford, if laid end to end, would run nearly five times as long as the road itself. The […]

Bouygues Travaux Publics – Murphy awarded LTC tunnelling contract

National Highways has awarded Bouygues Travaux Publics – Murphy Joint Venture the contract to build the country’s largest bored tunnels. The Lower Thames Crossing will connect Kent and Essex, and is designed to tackle congestion to the west at the Dartford Crossing. The award of the Tunnels and Approaches contract completes the assembly of the […]

Doubts expressed over future of Lower Thames and Stonehenge tunnel projects

It’s being suggested the future of several prestige transport projects, including are in “increasing doubt” after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak failed to commit to building the northern section of the HS2 high-speed rail line to Manchester. The Guardian reports MPs and transport industry experts now believe that a number of other schemes, including the Lower […]

Skanska is LTC Kent roads preferred bidder

National Highways has announced that Skanska has been named the preferred bidder for the Kent Roads contract on the Lower Thames Crossing project. The Lower Thames Crossing is a proposed new road connecting Kent and Essex through the UK’s longest road tunnel. It is designed to tackle congestion at the 60-year-old Dartford Crossing, make journeys […]

National Highways to use hydrogen powered construction machinery

National Highways has launched one of the UK’s largest ever purchases of low-carbon hydrogen, in a move that would reduce the carbon footprint of the Lower Thames Crossing, accelerate the construction industry’s shift away from diesel, and kick start the highly anticipated development of a hydrogen ecosystem in the Thames Estuary with the potential to […]

Gravesham Council confirms opposition to Lower Thames Crossing

Gravesham Borough Council in Kent has reiterated its opposition to the principle of a Lower Thames Crossing to the east of Gravesend in the week that the examination into the proposal opened. At a meeting of full council, members voted unanimously to reaffirm the authority’s opposition to the siting of the proposed crossing, endorsed a […]


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