Lower Thames Crossing position statement

2022 local refinements consultation

National Highways (previously named Highways England) originally submitted a Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate in October 2020. The Planning Inspectorate raised a number of concerns with the application which prompted Highways England to temporarily withdraw in order to undertake further work.

Since November 2020 National Highways have been completing further work, including revising their proposals following feedback from their 2021 community impacts consultation. The changes made resulted in National Highways undertaking a further round of consultation that ran from 12 May to 20 June 2022.

This latest local refinements consultation focused on:

  • additional environmental compensation: including areas of compensatory land and habitat creation for nitrogen deposition impacts
  • increasing the amount of open space south of the river by adding land to the east of Chalk Park
  • improvements for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

To view the full consultation visit National Highways’ website.

A Development Consent Order (DCO) application is expected to be resubmitted by National Highways in autumn 2022. The Planning Inspectorate will then review the application and decide whether to recommend to the Secretary of State for Transport that permission is granted to National Highways to construct the scheme.

If National Highways' DCO application is successful, construction is intended to start in 2024 and last a total of 6 years. The Lower Thames Crossing is expected to have an opening year of 2030.

Our position

Our response to the 2022 local refinements consultation remains in support of the project but sets out our concerns on several issues arising from the proposed crossing, including the:

  • lack of environmental information
  • impact on Shorne Woods Country Park
  • impact of the scheme on the local and strategic highway network
  • impact on existing road assets
  • impact on the construction workforce.

Our 2022 response to the Lower Thames Crossing community impacts consultation
(PDF, 227.1 KB)

Our response to Lower Thames Crossing community impacts consultation 2021 (PDF, 469.7 KB)