Government plans to Build Back Better with the Lower Thames Crossing
04 Mar 2021
Record investment in rail and road to transform journeys, communities and the environment
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On 03 March 2021 the Government published ‘Build Back Better: our plan for growth’. The policy paper sets out its plans to support growth through significant investment in:
- skills, and
It will pursue growth that levels up every part of the UK, enables the transition to net zero, and supports its vision for Global Britain.
The plan includes the implementation of the National Infrastructure Strategy and investment in infrastructure to transform journeys, communities and the environment. The Government plans to accelerate the rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and includes record amounts of funding for national road and rail, including the Lower Thames Crossing – boosting capacity east of London.
The Lower Thames Crossing is the most ambitious road scheme in 35 years. The new crossing will almost double road capacity between Kent and Essex to provide much needed relief to the Dartford Crossing. By connecting people to jobs and businesses to customers, the Lower Thames Crossing will add billions to the local economy and play an important part in the Government's plan to level up every part of the UK. But it also has a more urgent and crucial role to play in our economic recovery by employing more than 22,000 people and creating hundreds of opportunities for apprentices and local businesses over the lifetime of its construction.
The project is at the stage where it will resubmit the its application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate. This follows many years of design development and a record-breaking programme of consultation during which we received over 90,000 responses.