Consultation outcome

Lower Thames Crossing: route options

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

On 12 April 2017 the Secretary of State for Transport announced the preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing, a bored tunnel crossing under the River Thames east of Gravesend and Tilbury.

This announcement follows an exhaustive review of options and extensive analysis of more than 47,000 responses to our 2016 public consultation. We have considered each response very carefully and carried out further assessment of the options before making our recommendation to government.

The new crossing will offer the improved journeys, new connections, network reliability and economic benefits that only a new, alternative crossing location, away from Dartford, can provide.

For further information on the project visit our website where you will also find a host of useful documents. Our Response to Consultation document provides an overview of how the consultation influenced the choice of the preferred route. Further detail of this work is contained in our Post-Consultation Scheme Assessment Report. The Ipsos MORI Consultation Report provides a detailed, independent analysis of the consultation responses.

Original consultation


Proposals for a new road crossing across the Thames connecting Kent and Essex.

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Consultation description

A Lower Thames crossing is needed to reduce congestion at the existing Dartford Crossing and support economic growth.

After careful assessment, Highways England proposes a dual carriageway connecting junction 1 of the M2 to the M25 between junctions 29 and 30. This crosses under the River Thames just east of Gravesend and Tilbury. We have developed 3 routes north of the river and 2 routes south of the river.

We now want to hear your views before a final decision is made by the government later this year.

Published 26 January 2016
Last updated 13 April 2017 + show all updates
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