Support for the Crossing

Quicker and more reliable journeys can help your business grow

Lower Thames Crossing - Support for the Crossing

Each year tens of thousands of businesses rely on our roads to connect with customers and suppliers, and move essential goods and products to every corner of the UK.

Below you'll see a number of videos which share stories from a range of businesses and you'll hear how quicker and more reliable journeys offered by the Lower Thames Crossing would help them grow.

Thompsons Fresh Produce

How could quicker, more reliable journeys help your business grow? The Lower Thames Crossing will give businesses like Thompsons Fresh Produce the opportunity to reach out to new customers and suppliers in Kent and Europe by providing a direct new connection across the Thames, as well as improving the reliability of the Dartford Crossing.

Ripe Now

Lincolnshire based ripening business Ripe Now relies on road transport to deliver fruit to their customers exactly how and when they want it. Once built, the Lower Thames Crossing will reduce the uncertainty of Dartford and offer them a direct, reliable new connection to customers in the southeast - meaning more dependable deliveries of fresh, high quality fruit.

FreshLinc

Road travel is vital for companies like FreshLinc who deliver over 20,000 pallets of fresh food every week. The Lower Thames Crossing will save them over 2,500 road miles every week – lowering their emissions, reducing their costs, and speeding up travel time.

Asda Distribution

Every day, in every corner of the UK, millions of people rely on supermarkets like ASDA for fresh food and essential products. Our roads are the vital network of connections that help them move goods from large hubs to local distribution centres. The Lower Thames Crossing will give them a reliable new connection across the Thames and reduce congestion on the Dartford Crossing and rest of the network – improving their journey times and cutting their vehicle emissions. 

Over 80% of local businesses support the Lower Thames Crossing, according to survey results from Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) helps smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.  Established 45 years ago, the FSB is the UK’s largest grassroots business campaigning group, ensuring the voice of small businesses is heard. 

FSB surveyed members in the Kent, Essex and London local areas, to understand their views on the Lower Thames Crossing, and the impact that it could have on their businesses.  The results show that the overwhelming majority want to see the Crossing built.  The graphic below illustrates some of the headline figures.

FSB results

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) helps smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.  Established 45 years ago, the FSB is the UK’s largest grassroots business campaigning group, ensuring the voice of small businesses is heard.   

FSB surveyed members in the Kent, Essex, Thurrock and London local areas, to understand their views on the Lower Thames Crossing, and the impact that it could have on their businesses.  The results show that the overwhelming majority want to see the Crossing built.  The graphic illustrates some of the headline figures.

Support for the Lower Thames Crossing

Many businesses, associations and groups want to see the Lower Thames Crossing built.  Hear what some of them have to say, and their reasons why.

The Lower Thames Crossing and Me (Essex businesses)

The Lower Thames Crossing is about more than a new road and tunnel. It will enable sustainable local development and regional growth leading to a stronger economy.

Kent businesses

Businesses in Kent discuss the barriers presented with crossing the River Thames, and the opportunities that the opening of the Lower Thames Crossing could bring to their business.

Support from trade associations

Federation of Small Businesses Case Study

The Federation of Small Businesses works hard to ensure the voice of small businesses is heard.  In this video, Alison Parmer, Business Development Manager for the Kent and Medway region explains how road travel is essential for small businesses.  She tells us how the Lower Thames Crossing would enable access to new customers and opportunities. 

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce: A Lower Thames Crossing case study

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce supports the build of the Lower Thames Crossing.  Jo James, CEO, explains how connectivity across counties and regions is essential for business growth.  The certainty of travel times that the new Crossing will bring will enable businesses to plan with confidence and open up opportunities regionally, nationally and internationally.

Essex Chambers of Commerce: A Lower Thames Crossing case study

Essex Chamber of Commerce CEO Denise Rossiter says that too much time, money and effort is  wasted due to congested routes in the Kent and Essex areas.  She supports the building of the Lower Thames Crossing and feels there will be great benefits for the area.

Support from major transportation hubs

Port of Dover

The Port of Dover is keen to see the Lower Thames Crossing built.  Richard Christian explains in this video how all freight that arrives on ferries in the port, is on wheels.  With up to 2.6 million freight vehicles passing through the port each year, the impact of congestion around the Dartford Crossing has knock on implications to distribution right around the UK.  The Lower Thames Crossing would provide resilience in the network and help ensure efficient distribution of freight as it arrives into the country.

Southend Airport: A Lower Thames Crossing case study

Southend Airport relies on roads to transport passengers, staff and services to and from the site.  Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation believes the airport would see huge benefits from the Lower Thames Crossing in terms of journey times and growth to the business.

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