The Lower Thames Crossing is the most ambitious road scheme since the M25, linking Kent, Thurrock and Essex and will consist of:
- Approximately 14.5 miles (23km) of new roads connecting the tunnel to the existing road network
- Three lanes in both directions with a maximum speed limit of 70mph
- Improvements to the M25, A2 and A13, where the Lower Thames Crossing connects to these roads
- New structures and changes to existing ones (including bridges, buildings, tunnel entrances, viaducts and utilities such as electricity pylons) along the length of the new road
- Two 2.5 mile (4km) tunnels, one for southbound traffic, one for northbound traffic crossing beneath the river
- A free-flow charging system, where drivers do not need to stop but pay remotely, similar to that at the Dartford Crossing
Quicker, more reliable journeys – The Lower Thames Crossing will increase road capacity across the Thames east of London by over 90%. The new route will have a maximum speed limit of 70mph. It will provide quicker, more reliable journeys locally and regionally between Kent, Thurrock and Essex, as well as nationally. This will help meet the demands of future traffic growth east of London.
Connecting communities and business – The Lower Thames Crossing will create better access on both sides of the river. This will improve journey times and reliability for communities and businesses, whether travelling short distances across the Thames to visit family or looking for better access to job or business opportunities.
Economy – The Lower Thames Crossing will provide access for local and regional communities to jobs, leisure and retail, benefiting development and economic growth on both sides of the Thames. The crossing will also improve journey times for national commercial traffic north and south of the river enabling quicker and more reliable access to key markets, resources and employees.
Environment – The Lower Thames Crossing will help reduce congestion in the Dartford area. This will decrease forecasted high levels of pollution, benefiting local communities.
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