Lower Thames Crossing, 2023 year in review
It’s been an exciting year on the Lower Thames Crossing, from the examination of our Development Consent Order application and the launch of our first sustainability report, to celebrating the Dartford Crossing’s 60th birthday to undertaking an ambitious programme of investments in local communities, read on for our 2023 review of the year
Share this article
Published15 Dec Aug 2023
New video fly-through shows improved design
January launched with our latest fly-through, showing the design we submitted for development consent.
This fly-through illustrates the improved design of the route, which has been shaped by the most comprehensive programme of consultation and engagement ever undertaken for a UK road scheme.
Lower Thames Crossing community events held
In January, we held a series of events at community halls and shopping centres, giving local communities a chance to chat with our teams.
We are holding more community events early next year.
Click below to sign up for email updates and be the first to hear about upcoming events in 2024.
National Highways awards Balfour Beatty Lower Thames Crossing Roads North of the Thames contract
January saw the announcement of the roads North of the Thames contract.
This contract is a two-stage design and build contract delivering around 10 miles of new road north of the Thames.
The Lower Thames Crossing is not a nice to have, it’s a vital piece of the UK’s future infrastructure that would tackle congestion on the Dartford Crossing and help unlock the huge potential of the Thames Estuary.
Watch our film about the parliamentary reception that we held in May.
Why people need a new crossing
What’s it like living near the Dartford Crossing, one of the most vital but congested roads in the UK? Local people and drivers have been sharing their stories and telling us why they support our plans to create a new, reliable Lower Thames Crossing.
Read and watch more below.
The Early Talent Awards, Green Careers Week and working with your canine friends in the office.
Earlier in 2023, we took a look at what it’s like to be an apprentice on the Lower Thames Crossing.
Start of our Development Consent Order examination
In June, we began our Development Consent Order (DCO) examination. This is a six-month process when the Examining Authority examine our DCO application against the tests in the National Policy Statement for National Networks.
The Examining Authority have assessed feedback from the public and stakeholders through written representations and the hearings.
Our first sustainability report
In July, we published our first sustainability report.
This brings to life our achievements, commitments, and ambitions to sustainability and showcases our bold plans for the future. It’s our intention to publish this report on an annual basis, to both track our progress and to share our future plans as our ambitions grow.