Lower Thames Crossing: learn more at drop-in events


The proposed southern approach to the crossing (pic National Highways)

It is a little over two months since the examination hearings for the Lower Thames Crossing were concluded.
CPRE Essex has taken an active role in the lengthy planning process – reportedly the longest in this country on record – and maintains its view that the adverse environmental and financial impacts of the proposed scheme outweigh any purported benefits.
National Highways says it expects a decision on its scheme to have been made by June – if approved, it says work could start in 2026 and the tunnel to be open by 2030.
Although the application is now with the Planning Inspectorate and essentially out of sight while it prepares a report, it needn’t be out of mind for the wider public, with community drop-in events planned for the next few weeks at which you can ask questions about the project.

The events are:

  • Orsett Village Hall, Mill Lane, High Road, Orsett RM16 3HB: Friday, February 23, 3pm-8pm
  • Grays shopping centre (outside Iceland), Crown Road, Grays RM17 6QE: Saturday, February 24: 10am-5.30pm
  • Brandon Groves Community Club, Brandon Groves Avenue, South Ockendon RM15 6SB: Wednesday, February 28, 3pm-8pm
  • Baytree shopping centre, Brentwood CM14 4BX: Thursday, February 29, 10am- 5pm
  • Chadwell St Mary Village Hall, Waterson Road RM16 4NX: Friday, March 1, 3pm-8pm
  • Linford Methodist Hall, East Tilbury Road, Linford SS17 0QS: Friday, March 8, 3pm-8pm
  • To learn more about the Lower Thames Crossing scheme, click here