Posted: 30.06.20 at 11:23 by The Editor
HIGHWAYS England have announced yet another major consultation – the third to take place with Thurrock residents as they try to plot a route for the Lower Thames Cross through the borough.
The government agency says the further month-long consultation into the multi-billion pound project will give people the “opportunity to view and comment on refinements made to the project’s design based on feedback from earlier consultations, discussions with communities, design updates, and emerging technical information.”
It will feature an online exhibition with interactive maps and videos showing minor changes to elements of the highways design; new and updated paths for walkers, cyclists and horse riders; proposals for redirecting and upgrading utilities; more detailed landscaping proposals, and further developed ecological mitigation measures.
As part of the consultation, the project team will also host webinars to explain key changes, also giving participants an opportunity to ask questions to the presenters.
The consultation will be open between Tuesday, 14 July and Wednesday, 12 August.
Highways England chief executive officer Jim O’Sullivan said: “The Lower Thames Crossing is part of the biggest investment in our road network for a generation and a crucial part of our future infrastructure. It will play a vital role in boosting local and national economic growth, providing reliable journeys, connecting communities and businesses.”
Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “Our road network must be fit for the future and the Lower Thames Crossing will be key to this – almost doubling road capacity between Kent and Essex, boosting the local and regional economy and improving journeys across the South East.
“I encourage everyone to go online and have their say on the proposed changes to the design of the project.”
Anyone without internet access or who experiences difficulties downloading materials, can order a printed copy of the consultation materials to be sent to their home and can book a call back from a member of the project team if they have any questions about the changes.
From Tuesday 14 July, people can get involved by:
Filling in an online survey at: www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk/design-consultation
Posting comments or paper response forms to: FREEPOST LTC CONSULTATION
Emailing comments to: [email protected]
Calling 0300 123 5000 to book an appointment to provide feedback
The feedback will be used when Highways England completes its application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) later this year, asking Government for planning permission to build the new crossing.