Highways England is preparing to start market engagement talks to find a delivery partner for the £6.8bn Lower Thames Crossing tunnel project. It is a vital gateway but carries more traffic than it was ever designed for and drivers there suffer from regular delays. It will boost local, regional and national economies, while offering new connections, better journeys and fewer delays. "A spokesman for Highways England said the new tunnel would be the longest road tunnel in the UK - and at over 50ft (15m) wide would become the third-largest bored tunnel in the world. "Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "The Lower Thames Crossing will help transform journeys, create new business opportunities in Kent and Essex and unlock productivity across the UK. "Politicians need to take their foot off the accelerator in order to protect the planet. Lower Thames Crossing route between Kent and Essex revealed Virtual flyover of Lower Thames Crossing released Lower Thames Crossing route between Kent and Essex revealed Virtual flyover of Lower Thames Crossing released Friends of the Earth said the crossing would lead to more air pollution. The Lower Thames Crossing project will be 23km in total with the longest road tunnel in the UK beneath the Thames. It is unprecedented in size and scale. New designs for the tunnel entrance make the entrance 600m further south to reduce the impact on the landscape, Highways England said A toll is normally to pay for a piece of infrastructure - this will be a user charge." The 23km Lower Thames Crossing project will feature two bored tunnels beneath the River Thames with interconnecting link roads to the M25, A13, and A2. New designs for the tunnel entrance make the entrance 600m further south to reduce the impact on the landscape, Highways England said It is designed to relieve the pressure on the existing A282 Dartford Crossing. Highways England issued revised proposals in 2020 based on the previous Option C. The proposed route would run from the M25 at A study on a Lower Thames Crossing providing "relief to east side of the M25 between Kent and Essex" was included in the 1989 white paper The Lower Thames Crossing was recommended for further investigation in the 2002 In 2008, Metrotidal Ltd proposed the "Medway-Canvey Island crossing", a £2bn to £4bn combined road and rail tunnel between Following delays in any proposal being put forward by central government, Essex and Kent County Councils intend to create a joint proposal for the construction of a crossing.In January 2009, the Department for Transport published its own proposals.In October 2010, a study commissioned by Kent County Council proposed that the northern end of the crossing should bypass the M25 and continue on to connect to the M11 (and Stansted Airport) directly.In October 2012, plans were announced for a major theme parkOn 12 April 2017 the Secretary of State for Transport In July 2019, Highways England said they expected to submit a planning application in Summer 2020 and had a target for road opening of 2027.Map showing revised (November 2017) option for Lower Thames CrossingHighways England, Lower Thames Crossing Design Refinement Consultation Highways England says it … "The planned new 14.5 mile (23km) long three-lane dual carriageway would connect the M2 near Rochester and the M25 in Essex between North and South Ockendon and include a 2.4 mile (3.8km) tunnel between Gravesend and Tilbury. "Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "The Lower Thames Crossing will help transform journeys, create new business opportunities in Kent and Essex and unlock productivity across the UK.
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