Here we will outline the key points of the history of the proposed LTC.
2009 – Department for Transport (DfT) Study
to increasing demand at the Dartford Crossing, the DfT looks at options for an additional crossing at five potential locations (A, B, C, D and E). The two furthest east are ruled out as they are too far from the existing crossing. Rail is also ruled out.
You can view that study here.
2011 – Names a priority infrastructure project
The government recognises the need for a new crossing by naming it a top 40 priority project in its National Infrastructure Plan.
You can view that report here.
2012 – DfT study into 3 options
The DfT commissioned a study to assess the 3 remaining location options.
2013 – DfT public consultation
The DfT carries out a public consultation to ask for views on the location of the proposed crossing.
Info on this can be found here.
2014 – Response to 2013 consultation published
The response to the consultation confirms the need for a new crossing between Kent, Thurrock and Essex. Option B is ruled out; the remaining two locations (A and C) are investigated further.
Click here for Government’s response.
2016 Public Consultation
DfT asks Highways England to assess the economic, traffic, environmental and community impacts for locations A and C.
Location C is recommended as it offers far greater economic benefits and congestion relief.
A public consultation asks for feedback on proposals and location C, including 3 routes north of the river in Thurrock and Essex, and two south of the river in Kent.
Info can be found here.
2017 – Preferred Route Announcement
The Secretary of State for Transport of the time, Chris Grayling, announces the preferred route, a tunnel under the River Thames east of Garvesend and Tilbury (location C, route three with the Western Southern Link).
Click here to read the associated press release.
2018 – Statutory Consultation
Highways England holds a second public consultation.
2020 – Supplementary Consultation
Highways England holds a supplementary consultation.
2020 – Design Refinement Consultation
Highways England holds a design refinement consultation.
To find out what comes next in the process click here to view our update on LTC – The Process.
How the preferred route was chosen – www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com/how-the-preferred-route-was-chosen