On 12 April 2017 the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed the preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing, which is:
- A bored tunnel crossing under the River Thames east of Gravesend and Tilbury (Location C)
- A new road north of the river which will join the M25 between junctions 29 and 30 (Route 3)
- A new road south of the river which will join the A2 east of Gravesend (the Western Southern Link)
I have opposed this option from the very beginning not only because it is bad news for so many of us living in Gravesham, but because I do not think that this new crossing will alleviate the existing traffic problems at Dartford. I am still shocked at such a stupid decision: the M25 still runs through Dartford, and will continue to do so after this road and tunnel are built.
But after over a decade of arguing, we lost: now we now have to work constructively with Highways England to mitigate the effects this crossing will have on Gravesham, both during construction and once it is open. The people of Chalk, Riverview Park and Thong with the physical road, the people of the villages with ever worsening rat-runs from the M20 up to the A2.
I am part of the Lower Thames Crossing Association, a group of extremely impressive and able local people who have in various guises been meeting to oppose a crossing east of Gravesend since 2006. To find out more please visit this website: https://ltca.org.uk/
You can also find out more about the Lower Thames Crossing at the Highways England website: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/lower-thames-crossing-home/