Supplementary Consultation 2020 Questions 5a and 5b

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.

Building the Lower Thames Crossing

Question 5a. Do you support or oppose HE’s revised proposals for how they plan to build the Lower Thames Crossing?

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

Question 5b. Please let HE know the reasons for your response to Q5a and any other comments you have on the revised plans for how to build the Lower Thames Crossing.

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

(See – www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com/proposed-construction-hours-routes/) and then consider:

  • Are the proposed construction hours acceptable? Do want them on site/working Mon-Fri from 6am – 11pm at certain times of the year, 6am – 5pm on Saturdays, and maintenance some Sundays, with some night work at times also?  Remember this will be for around 6-7 years.
  • What impact will such long construction hours have on your life and health?
  • What concerns do you have about the routes to construction?
  • What impacts will the routes to construction have on the roads near where you live and work, and your own journeys?
  • What concerns do you have on the impacts construction will have on your health and mental well being? Dust, noise, light, vibrations.
  • How do you feel about non stop tunnelling 24/7 for 4.5-5 years?
  • Do you think that the current predicted cost of £8.2bn is good value?  Does it really warrant spending just under £575.5 per mile on LTC? Remember HS2 cost stood at £307m per mile of track when everyone was questioning that!
    (see – www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com/estimated-cost-per-mile/ and the updated figures in www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com/spring-budget-2020-ltc/)
  • Are you concerned about the risk of HE having multiple road closures during construction, which would limit access to the area you live, work etc?
  • Do you have concerns over the impact road closures during construction could have on our emergency service and their ability to attend incidents?
  • Do you think that it is adequate that HE have only provided us with HGV movements during construction and not all vehicle movements considering how many extra vehicles the project will bring to our road network?
  • Do you have concerns over the risks of Unexploded Ordnance (bombs) during construction?  Or the impact a trigger effect could have if it reached the SS Richard Montgomery?
    (see – www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com/unexploded-ordnance-concerns/)
  • Do you feel you have been given adequate info about where the spoil from the tunnelling will end up? Do you have concerns about where the spoil will end up?
  • Do you have concerns over construction happening in toxic historic landfills sites? Do you feel they are attempting to put the tunnel portals in an area that is prone to flooding, and could cause issues?  What local knowledge and experience do you have that you can comment on with regards to this?
    (see – www.thamescrossingactiongroup.com/ground-investigation-site-visits/)
  • Will road closures impact your local bus service? How will people get to work, shopping, school, places like the Corbetts Tey Crematorium with road closures and buses on diversion routes in areas like Ockendon Road?

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 6a and 6b

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

Questions 5a and 5b – Building the Lower Thames Crossing (this page!)

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.