Community update, Summer 2023
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Published08 Aug 2023
Welcome to the latest edition of our community video newsletter, a short film to keep you up to speed on the Lower Thames Crossing.
This edition is presented by Suki, who works in our Planning and Consents team. Suki gives you an update on:
- Your stories about Dartford
- Our planning application
- Our partner to build the new roads in Kent
- Our first sustainability report
- Using hydrogen to replace diesel
- Hole Farm community woodland
- Community fund
- New apprentices recruited
You can watch the full film above or click on a chapter below to jump to one of the highlights.
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Your stories about Dartford
We understand your frustration at Dartford, with the huge volume of traffic making it one of the most unreliable roads in the UK.
But it’s not just those using it that feel the effects. We recently ran a campaign that allowed local communities surrounding the crossing to share their stories on how much of a problem Dartford is for them, and how much they need the Lower Thames Crossing.
Our planning application
The Lower Thames Crossing planning application has now entered the examination phase.
This is a six-month period when the government’s independent planning authority, the Planning Inspectorate, examines our proposals in detail.
Our partner to build the new roads in Kent
Skanska has been named the preferred bidder to build the Lower Thames Crossing roads in Kent.
Skanska will deliver the southern part of the route that connects the A2/M2 to the tunnel approach and includes almost four miles of new road, construction of one of Europe’s largest green bridges, a new public park and 12 miles of new or improved pathways for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Our first sustainability report
As we drive forward our ambition to set the future standard for low-carbon infrastructure, our determination to be the UK’s greenest ever road can be seen throughout our first sustainability report.
Using hydrogen to replace diesel
As a part of our commitment to significantly reduce our carbon footprint during construction, we've announced that we will be the first major UK infrastructure project to use hydrogen to power its heavy construction machinery.
Nusrat Ghani, Minister for Industry and Economic Security, launched our procurement for six million litres of low carbon hydrogen to replace around 20 million litres of diesel across our worksites.
Hole Farm Community Woodland
Forestry England recently submitted a planning application to develop plans for a new community woodland at Hole Farm in Brentwood, Essex. The application covers the buildings and facilities needed to welcome visitors to the woodland including a visitor shelter, community room and modular cafe.
Another way we want you to make the most of our investment in the road network is through our Community Fund.
Ahead of us starting construction, we're working with Local Authorities local charities, partners and other groups to invest in communities and improve the environment by funding projects across the region.
Back in May we unveiled the 55 successful projects that have been awarded a share of £250,000.
New apprentices recruited
Last month, our delivery partner Balfour Beatty carried out a recruitment campaign looking for local school leavers and adult learners to join the Lower Thames Crossing as business administration apprentices.
We received a fantastic response from the local community and our new apprentices start with us in September.