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.’