Lower Thames Crossing: examination hearings close


The proposed southern approach to the crossing

The examination hearings for the Lower Thames Crossing ended on Wednesday, December 20, CPRE Essex having taken an active role at the issue-specific hearings, along with responding to the various written questions.
It is CPRE Essex’s overarching view that the adverse environmental and financial impacts of the proposed project outweigh any of its purported benefits.
Originally promoted as a solution to the congestion and air pollution at the Dartford Crossing, it is now clear that the LTC’s principal function is to ‘open up’ south Essex and north Kent for even greater levels of development.
The construction of the UK’s biggest road project since the M25 was completed is contrary to the government’s stated climate pledges, while its £9 billion (and rising) costs do not sit comfortably with the rest of the commitments facing the government’s budget. We can’t keep building roads to ease congestion.

  • To read more about the Lower Thames Crossing, click here