LTC Contracts and Tenders

Despite the fact that Highways England keep trying to give the impression that it is all systems go with the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, especially with their actions regarding LTC contracts and tenders, the fact is, at this time, they haven’t been able to submit an acceptable Development Consent Order (DCO) application yet, let alone be granted one, and any construction would be illegal until such time as they are granted a DCO.

In this update we will attempt to keep record of details of the various contracts and tenders as we are able to find info.


LTC Spoil contract

It was announced in April 2021 that the contract for removing spoil from the LTC tunnelling is expected to be awarded to Ingrebourne Valley, after a procurement process identified the firm as the only one with the necessary capabilities.

The question of where the spoil will be taken is one we and others are very interested in, and keen to find out.

There has been suggestion from locals that a planning application to Thurrock Council for Orsett Quarry could be linked to LTC spoil, but so far there has been no evidence of a direct connection.  However, the spoil from LTC is stated within a planning application to Essex County Council for at site at Rivenhall End (near Witham).  We have also been questioning whether HE are not proposing to just dump as much spoil from the tunnelling as possible into the new ‘parks’ either side of the river right next to the tunnel portals.


LTC tunnel contract

The shortlist for the £2.3bn LTC tunnel contract was announced in April 2021.

The shortlist is made up of BFV JV, Bouygues Murphy Joint Venture (BMJV) and Dragados-Hochtief Joint Venture (DH JV).

The companies will be invited to enter into competitive dialogue with Highways England, which is the next stage in the contract tender process.


LTC roads contract

In March 2021 Highways England launched it’s search for contractors for the roads either side of the tunnel, with the combined value of £1.9bn.

The ‘Roads North’ package worth £1.3bn and covers the road from 1km north of the northern tunnel portal up to junction 29 on the M25.

The ‘Kent Roads’ package worth £600M  covers the LTC from 1km south of the southern portal down to the M2/A2.

On 22nd Sept 2021 HE announced the short listed contractors for the LTC roads contracts, who will now be invited to tender with HE:

Kent Roads

  • BFV JV comprising of BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Construction (UK) Ltd and VINCI Construction Grands Projets
  • Costain Limited
  • Kier Eiffage (KEJV) comprising of Kier Highways Limited and Eiffage Génie Civil
  • Skanska Construction UK Limited

Roads North of the Thames

  • Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd
  • Kier Eiffage (KEJV) comprising of Kier Highways Limited and Eiffage Génie Civil
LTC integration contract

In Feb 2021 it was announced that Jacobs had been awarded a £162.5integration partner contract for work on the Lower Thames Crossing.

The role of Jacobs will be to act as a catalyst for collaboration between Highways England and the project’s three main works contracts. It will include programme management, stakeholder management and risk management to enable objectives for time, cost and quality to be met. 

There have been concerns voiced over conflict of interest in regard to Jacobs, who have contracts worth hundreds of billions of pounds in the UK, working as both project manager and contractor – read more on that here.


Tilbury Overbridge

New Civil Engineer have stated that on 1st September 2021, a £7M deal for professional services on Tilbury Overbridge – part of the Lower Thames Crossing – is scheduled to enter procurement phase.




Thurrock Nub News – LTC Spoil contract

New Civil Engineer – LTC tunnel

New Civil Engineer – LTC roads

New Civil Engineer – LTC integration