£6.2bn Thames crossing to be longer and wider

 

The Lower Thames Crossing will now have three lanes in each direction and will nearly double road capacity across the river, Highways England has announced.

The government-owned company has launched a consultation on significantly revised plans for the 14.5 mile link from Gravesham in Kent to Thurrock in Essex via the UK’s longest road tunnel.

”Local
What the southern portal will look like

It described the scheme, now estimated to cost between £4.4bn and £6.2bn, as ‘the most ambitious road project since the M25 opened 30 years ago’.

At over 50 feet wide, the 2.4-mile tunnel between Gravesend and Tilbury will be the third largest bored tunnel in the world, Highways England said.

The revised proposals include:

  • Making the whole route a three-lane dual carriageway to improve traffic-flow;
  • A new rest and service area to the west of East Tilbury;
  • A new design for the Tilbury junction, removing the proposed Tilbury link road to reduce traffic on the local road network;
  • An improved junction with the A2.

Highways England said the new link is expected to reduce traffic at the Dartford Crossing by 22%, with 14 million fewer vehicles using it every year and northbound journey times almost halved.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: ‘The Lower Thames Crossing will help transform journeys, create new business opportunities in Kent and Essex and unlock productivity across the UK.

‘It will also cut congestion at the Dartford Crossing and improve connectivity from our industrial heartland to our ports in the South East.’

Project director Tim Jones said: ‘For too long the Dartford Crossing has been the only way to get across the Thames east of London. It is a vital gateway, but carries more traffic than it was ever designed for and drivers there suffer from regular delays, severing communities and holding back economic growth.’

”Local
What the junction with the M25 in Essex will look like

Highways England said ‘numerous’ measures have been included to reduce the impact the new road will have on local communities, including:

  • Extending the tunnel so the tunnel entrance in Kent is 600 metres further south to reduce the visual impact and protect access to a community church;
  • Lowering road by five to six metres in places to reduce its visual impact;
  • Moving the road 80 metres further east where is passes Chadwell St Mary to increase the distance from residential properties.

However, Darren Shirley, chief executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: ‘Building a road through protected countryside is not the right way to address the long standing problems of traffic, much of it lorries, through Kent and Essex.

‘A better, and less expensive, solution would be to expand port capacity north of the Thames, improve freight and passenger rail links across the river, and look at measures like distance-based lorry road user charging to better manage traffic.’

Register now for full access


Register just once to get unrestricted, real-time coverage of the issues and challenges facing UK transport and highways engineers.

Full website content includes the latest news, exclusive commentary from leading industry figures and detailed topical analysis of the highways, transportation, environment and place-shaping sectors. Use the link below to register your details for full, free access.

Already a registered? Login

 
comments powered by Disqus
 
 
highways jobs

Transport Planning Officer x 2

Plymouth City Council
£32,233 to £41,846
Exciting time to join the Council and this role represents an opportunity to make a real difference... Plympton, Plymouth
Recuriter: Plymouth City Council

Business Manager - Planning Development

Newark & Sherwood District Council
£52,004 to £55,188 per annum
Looking for a suitably qualified and experienced individual to lead, manage, and develop the Council’s Development Management team. Newark, Nottinghamshire
Recuriter: Newark & Sherwood District Council

HGV Driver/Loader (Waste Management)

Torridge District Council
£22,021—£23,836 per annum (FROM 1 APRIL 2019)
Driving & loading a refuse/recycling collection vehicle up to 26 tonne gross weight, collecting recycling or household waste throughout Torridge Bideford, Devon
Recuriter: Torridge District Council

Director of Highways and Transport

Lancashire County Council
c£100k
We are looking for a passionate and energetic leader to deliver a range of ambitious and major projects. Lancaster, Lancashire
Recuriter: Lancashire County Council

Director of Growth, Environment & Planning

Lancashire County Council
c£100k
Our new Director will help us to develop a strong corporate vision, strategy and robust operations to service. Lancaster, Lancashire
Recuriter: Lancashire County Council

Head of Highways and Network Operation

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
£55,537 to £59,663
We are looking for an experienced transport professional with an excellent grounding in Highways and transport operations. Blackburn, Lancashire
Recuriter: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Engineer Maintenance

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
Liverpool City Council are looking to recruit an Engineer Maintenance. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Site Supervisor

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
Liverpool City Council wish to appoint Site Supervisors to supervise the City Council's highway construction works. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Permit Officer

Liverpool City Council
£23,111 - £27,358
Liverpool City Council are looking to recruit a Permit Officer. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Contracts Manager

Liverpool City Council
£37,107 - £41,846
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Contracts Manager based in Highways & Transportation. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Principal Engineer - Asset Management

Liverpool City Council
£37,107 - £41,846
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Principal Engineer - Asset Management. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Highways Inspector

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic individual to be a key member of our Highways Team. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Engineer - Capital Projects

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
Liverpool City Council is looking to recruit an Engineer - Capital Projects. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Engineer - Highways Capital Projects (S106)

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit an Engineer (Capital Projects). Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Team Leader - Asset Management

Liverpool City Council
£41,846 - £46,560
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Team Leader - Asset Management. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Technical Assistant

Liverpool City Council
£23,111 - £27,358
Liverpool City Council are looking to recruit a Technical Assistant. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Waste and Recycling Engagement Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£24,460 - £26,358
We now have an exciting opportunity for a talented and enthusiastic individual to join us and be part of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA). Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Major Transport & Development Projects - Strategic Specialist

Wiltshire Council
£51,763 - £57,066
Wiltshire has a highly regarded record of securing funding and delivering major transport improvements across all modes of travel. Wiltshire
Recuriter: Wiltshire Council

Assistant Director - Growth and Development

Lincoln City Council
£59,058.00 - £65,127.00
Looking for an experienced manager with a good track record in proactively driving economic growth and investment. Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincoln City Council

Assistant Director – Transport and Connectivity

Birmingham City Council
£73,513 - £90,864
This is one of a number of influential new senior roles for collaborative people, motivated by doing what’s right for our city and residents. Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham City Council