The Government’s Spending Review 2021 was delivered alongside an Autumn Budget on 27 October 2021 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP .
This was another chance for us all to make representations to the Government about our opinions of the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, and how it would be a waste of taxpayers’ money. Thanks to everyone who submitted their Spending Review representations, and to those who shared their representations with us.
We have now submitted the official TCAG representation.2021 Spending Review Representation
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If you are having any issues with viewing our response above it can also be downloaded as a pdf file here.
Our accompanying short summary of our representation used to submit the representation via the official portal was:
‘Our representation provides evidence of why the funding for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing needs to be withdrawn and the project halted with immediate effect. Evidence shows that the project is simply not fit for purpose, does not fulfil the scheme objectives, would be hugely destructive and harmful to both the environment and our health, and that no evidence has been provided of the purported economic benefits. We hope the uploaded representation helps explain why spending on this project needs to be reviewed immediately, and would be happy to discuss or provide further clarification of our concerns if needed.‘
Update 27th Oct 2021
The Spending Review 2021 announced a £3.4bn drop to the Government’s £27.4bn road building programme (RIS2) which includes the proposed LTC, meaning RIS2, which covers the period between 2020-2025, now sits at £24bn.
Sadly there is still mention of the Lower Thames Crossing on page 78 (83 pdf page number) in , and also on page 110 (115 pdf page number).
The funding cut is being reported by industry as likely reflecting the delays to projects such as the Lower Thames Crossing, which means monies have to be moved to a later date.
Cost of the proposed LTC – click here
Spending Review 2021 launch – click here
Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 Representations – click here
TCAG Spending Review representation 2020 – click here
Transport Action Network blog on Spending Review – click here