Government commits to Lower Thames Crossing whilst construction slowed down by two years
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Published10 Mar 2023
Yesterday (9 March 2023), in a Ministerial Statement, the Government set out its plans for the transport network, to drive growth across the country while managing the pressures of inflation.
As part of the Ministerial Statement, which included changes to road and rail projects, the government:
- Affirmed its commitment to the Lower Thames Crossing
- Will look to rephase construction by two years.
Matt Palmer, Executive Director Lower Thames Crossing, said:
“We welcome the government's ongoing commitment to the Lower Thames Crossing, which is designed to ease congestion on the Dartford Crossing and drive economic growth by improving journey times and creating a reliable new connection between ports and manufacturing centres.
“Following the most comprehensive programme of consultation and engagement ever undertaken for a UK road scheme, which has shown 80% support the need for the crossing, our proposals will soon be examined in detail by the government’s independent planning authority to ensure the best outcome for local communities and the environment.
“We will continue to work with the government to provide the best possible value for money and deliver this nationally significant infrastructure project as soon as possible.”