Supplementary Consultation 2020 Questions 1c and 1d

Before reading this post please consider reading  Supplementary Consultation 2020 Step by Step  if you haven’t already!

There is also further info on the official Highways England LTC consultation website, and on our website.

Please DO NOT copy and paste any content on our website (or anywhere else for that matter!) into your consultation response.  In 2016 HE lumped together 13,000 responses as 1 response as they considered them to be an organised group response as they used a template with a free comments box.  We do NOT want a repeat of that this time around, and they have warned us they will do the same again if they consider responses to be organised responses.

Previously proposed Tilbury junction

Question 1c. Do you support or oppose the removal of a dedicated rest and service area and maintenance depot for the Lower Thames Crossing, the junction at Tilbury and changes that result from this?

  • Here you have a choice to select from Strongly Support to Strongly Oppose

Question 1d. Please let HE know the reasons for your response to Q1c and any other comments you have on the removal of a dedicated rest and service area and maintenance depot for the Lower Thames Crossing, the junction at Tilbury and the changes that result from this.

You may want to ask yourself (in no particular order):

  • Why were HE so definite during the 2018 consultation that a rest and service area was needed somewhere along the LTC route?  They stated road safety and safe distances between rest and service areas on the road network.  What has changed?
  • Why are HE still working with companies and organisations/groups to work out which location would be best for a future service station, as a stand-alone project?
  • Do you think there is a chance that if they are still considering it it may well end up there anyway?  We’re not saying it will, but it is another point you may wish to consider and comment on!
    (see https://www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com/initial-reactions-to-the-ltc-supplementary-consultation/)
  • Where will HGVs park without a service station?  Will we see an increase of HGVs parking along our roadsides?
  • Why are HE, the Port of Tilbury, and Thurrock Council still working on the Tilbury Link Rd as a separate stand-alone project if HE consider it is not necessary as part of the LTC scheme?  Why has it been included in the RIS2 as a pipeline project for RIS3 if it is not deemed necessary to include in the LTC scheme?
    (see – www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com/spring-budget-2020-ltc/)
  • Do you feel that the rest and service area and Tilbury junction have been removed at this stage to improve the Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of the LTC scheme?
  • Do you consider it a false economy to not include these things in the LTC scheme if they will be added later on as separate stand alone projects?
  • Whilst you may not want the rest and service area where they had previously proposed, it was sold to us as a local job opportunity. What do you think about that?
  • Are you happy with the Tilbury Loop Railway line Viaduct being up to 12.5m high?
    (see page 43/136 – Supplementary Consultation Guide)

These are not the only things you can comment on, if you think of anything else you feel is relevant and you wish to share, put it in!

Remember any updates we publish after this will be listed in STEP BY STEP UPDATES for quick reference if you wish to review and add further comments!  We just haven’t managed to get answers of some stuff still!

On to Questions 1e and 1f

Step by step

Click through in order, or to whichever part you wish to view.

Questions 1a and 1b – South of the river in Kent

Questions 1c and 1d – Previously proposed Tilbury junction (this page!)

Questions 1e and 1f – A13/A1089 junction

Questions 1g and 1h – Lower Thames Crossing and its junction with the M25

Questions 1i and 1j – M25 junction 29

Questions 2a and 2b – Revised development boundary

Questions 3a and 3b – Walkers, cyclists and horse riders

Questions 4a and 4b – Environmental impacts and how we plan to reduce them

Questions 5a and 5b – Building the Lower Thames Crossing

Questions 6a and 6b – Utilities

Questions 7a and 7b – Using the crossing

Question 8 – Other Comments

Questions 9a, 9b,9c, 9d, and 9e – The consultation

The other sections – Indentification questions and Equality and Diversity are not compulsory, fill in what you wish if you wish!

Remember to ensure you use one of the official channels to submit your Lower Thames Crossing Supplementary Consultation response by 23:59 on Wednesday 25th March 2020 Thursday 2nd April 2020.