Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get as a group regarding the proposed Lower Thames Crossing.
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- Air and noise pollution - Pollution is already terrible and C3 will just add to it, creating a toxic triangle in the borough.
- Extra traffic in the area, we already get people cutting through the borough if there are issues with the current crossing, with C3 it would just encourage more cut throughs.
- Greenbelt land being built on and developed
- The current crossing issues that we are all aware of, not being resolved by Option C3, traffic will have increased by the time C3 is finished to the extent that the current crossing will still be above full capacity once C3 is built.
The cost of the LTC has risen from £4.1bn in 2016. The adjusted Benefit Cost Ratio in 2016 was 3.3, as at 2020 it had dropped to 1.22. With the cost rising the BCR keeps dropping.
This cost means that the cost of LTC is more expensive per mile than the highly controversial HS2.
You can read more about the predicted cost here.
Page 66 in this document https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100513123749/http://www.dft.gov.uk/about/strategy/capacityrequirements/dartfordrivercrossing/
Option D, a crossing between the M2 and Canvey, was only predicted to take just 3% of traffic away from the Dartford Crossing.
When you consider that the proposed route C3 only takes away 21% and that would still leave the Dartford Crossing over capacity it is easy to see that a crossing at Canvey would not help the issues we all suffer with due to the Dartford Crossing.
Also more than £115m was spent on developing Crossrail 2 before it was mothballed in Nov 2020.
Until such time as LTC is granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) they do not have permission!
That said, the DCOs for both the A303 Stonehenge and A38 Derby projects have both been quashed. The fight continues!
National Highways attempted to submitted their LTC Development Consent Order application on 23rd October 2020. However, they then withdrew the application on 20th Nov 2020, as they had been advised by the Planning Inspectorate that it was due to be refused due to lack of adequate information being provided in the application and upon request from the Planning Inspectorate.
The Community Impacts Consultation ran from 14th July to 8th September 2021.
National Highways are holding the LTC Local Refinement Consultation from 12th may - 20th June 2022
NH resubmitted the LTC DCO application at the end of Oct 2022. The application was accepted for Examination in Nov 2022.
NH held a further round of consultation between 17th May and 19thJune 2023, the LTC Minor Refinements Consultation.
We have now been through the Pre-Examination stage, which is the stage where procedural matters are decided on how the examination will be held.
We are now in the Examination stage, when the merits of the scheme will be examined. After the Examination comes to an end it will ultimately be up to the Secretary of State for Transport to decide whether to grant a DCO or not. Until such time as a DCO is granted, if it is granted, National Highways cannot legally start construction or Compulsorily Purchase any property or land. We posted about the process here. Links to DCO related updates to our website will be listed here.
Further info on Your Property/Land aspects of LTC can be found here.
There are also some instances where queries over land rights can be related to inherited rights on ex-council properties. Again it is always best to query anything like this with NH, who should be able to better advise on why they are writing to you.
Following NH's submission of the LTC Development Consent Order (DCO) application a decision will be made as to whether the application will be accepted or not. If accepted then you will be able to register as an Interested Party, to allow you the chance to keep having your say through the DCO Examination process. There are details of what you can do here and we will keep updating this as things progress! The group is made up of local resident volunteers. Whether it's helping leaflet your area when needed, or legal advice, if you feel you can help in anyway, we'd love to here from you! Get in touch here!
We hope this list of FAQs, alongside the rest of the website, helps to answer any questions you may have. If not then pop over to our Facebook Group, our Twitter account, or send us an email and ask away!