Supplementary Consultation 2020 Questions 4a and 4b

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.

Environmental impacts and how HE plan to reduce them

Question 4a. Do you support or oppose the change to the environmental impacts of the Lower Thames Crossing?

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

Question 4b. Please let HE know the reasons for your response to Q4a and any other comments you have on the environmental impacts of the changes to the Lower Thames Crossing.

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

  • What concerns do you have about the LTC creating a toxic triangle? Do you have concerns about the whole LTC route failing against World Health Organisation guideline levels on PM2.5 by 2030? Would you like to point out to HE that the northern part of the LTC scheme falls within the London borough of Havering for which the Mayor of London has already committed to comply with WHO levels on PM2.5 by 2030?  Do you think that if WHO standards of PM2.5 are good enough for London they should be good enough for the whole of the UK and the whole LTC route?!
    (see – www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com/ltc-toxic-triangle/)
  • How do you feel about the impacts LTC would have on ancient woodland, veteran trees, and forests/woods/trees in general?
    (see – www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com/impacts-of-ltc-on-forests-and-woodlands/)
  • How do you feel about The Wilderness being impacted by this section of the LTC route? Is it acceptable to risk mature elm trees, bat habitat, including for some rare bats, and an ancient woodland/site that dates back about 400 years?
  • Were you able to easily find information about how LTC will comply with Carbon Net Zero? If you were able to locate any info about it do you feel it is likely to comply?
  • Do you have concerns over the impact LTC would have on wildlife? If so what and how?
  • Are you struggling to understand how areas that are already thriving with trees, plants, and wildlife are being proposed as environmental mitigation land?  Does it concern you the impact any translocation of species may have on existing ecosystems?
  • Have you considered whether the land where Thames Chase is located could have been environmental mitigation land for the M25? We have no evidence of this to date, but have approached Forestry England who own the land for a response!
  • Is it right that the latest info on predicted CO2 figures in consultation documentation is in the PEIR from 2018 and the Environmental Update 2020? Is it acceptable that neither reference Carbon Net Zero? Obviously it didn’t become law until after 2018, but do we not deserve, and should we not expect reference to this new law in the Environmental Update 2020?
  • What relevance does the Heathrow Expansion court ruling have on LTC and other road projects?
    (see – www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com/the-heathrow-run-way-effect/)
  • In light of the increasing amount of whales in the River Thames, do you feel that having the tunnel constructed can be done safely and without stress or harm to any visiting whales and other wildlife?
  • At a time when Climate Change is so topical and a concern to many, is it right to be proposing such a hugely destructive new road, or are there more environmentally friendly options/alternatives?
  • Do you feel that it is adequate for HE to be using desk study from Essex Wildlife records, rather than from Essex Field Club who have a far more comprehensive set of records?

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 5a and 5b

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

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 (this page!)

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.