New Lower Thames Crossing ‘a stamp of confidence’, says Sevenoaks MP

Michael has welcomed the Department of Transport’s recent announcement regarding the new Lower Thames Crossing.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced that the Government’s preferred route for a new Lower Thames Crossing is east of Gravesend and Tilbury.  The development could create more than 6,000 jobs and boost the economy by over £8 billion.

The Transport Secretary also committed to investing £10 million to improve traffic flow at the existing Dartford crossing.  Highways England estimates that the Lower Thames Crossing will cost up to £6.2 billion to develop.

Michael said: ‘Increasing capacity across the Thames will unlock huge economic potential.  The proposals strike a balance between minimising the impacts on local communities and ensuring value for taxpayers’ money.  There is now greater potential for investment opportunities, for new housing, and for businesses to grow, which will create even more employment opportunities in the region.  This is a stamp of confidence for Kent, but I will continue to make representations on behalf of my constituents as the development progresses.’

New Thames Crossing Needed, Says Michael

Michael has welcomed a new consultation on proposals for a new crossing of the Thames.

The Lower Thames Crossing would relieve congestion in the area, reduce air pollution levels and produce significant economic benefits for the region.  The scheme, which could be completed by 2027 at the latest, would lead to the creation of 5,000 jobs and boost the economy by £7 billion.

The consultation proposes a new tunnel to the east of Gravesend.  Further details, including how to respond, are available here: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/cip/lower-thames-crossing-consultation.  The consultation concludes on 24th March.

Michael said: “A new Thames crossing would be a vital addition to Kent’s transport infrastructure.  The number of complaints I receive about the Dartford Crossing shows that, despite recent changes, a long-term solution is needed.  I encourage anyone concerned to participate in this consultation.”