By the time the new crossing opens for traffic we will have spent at least 22,000 hours volunteering in the local community

Our ambitious volunteering scheme will support projects near the route of the Lower Thames Crossing, both north and south of the River Thames, and reflect four themes; environment, heritage, skills and healthy active communities. 

Everyone working on the Lower Thames Crossing will be encouraged to participate in a volunteering activity, with the aim of every single person involved in the project dedicating time to a local cause.

The 22,000 hours of volunteering is the minimum target number of hours that will come from the main companies constructing the Lower Thames Crossing. National Highways wants to beat this number and will be working with the smaller network of companies in the supply chain, when they come onboard, to get them involved; many of which will be based locally.

Throughout the development of the project National Highways has been in dialogue with Local Authorities and community groups to find opportunities to make a difference to local communities and as the project progresses members of the public and local community groups will have the chance to put forward schemes or projects. 

Our recent volunteering activities

The Lower Thames Crossing team has already started with its volunteering activities. Some of these include:

  • 16 hours of volunteer work for the Thurrock Foodbank
  • Maintenance work at Forestry England’s Jeskyns Community Woodland near Cobham in Kent
  • Shorne Woods Country Park litter pick
  • First trees planted at new community woodland in Essex

Read more about our recent volunteering activities below.