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.
Whilst HE seem to have gone out of their way to keep the rising costs as quiet as possible, this increasing cost was announced in the Road Investment Strategy paper that was released at the same time as the Spring Budget in March 2020.
This latest rise in cost now means that the cost of LTC is nearly £573.5m per mile, meaning it 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 recently 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 have stated they will be resubmitting the LTC DCO application later in 2022.
The Planning Inspectorate will then have 28 days to decide whether to accept the application or not. Once that has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate, it will move on to a Pre-Examination stage when members of the public will be able to register as interested parties for this and continue to take part in the process. There is then an 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 (currently Grant Shapps MP) 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!