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Revised LTC Proposed route map, 1st November 2017

Thanks to everyone who completed the questionnaire.

See a copy of our formal Parish Council response.

(Formats: PDF | Word )

>> Link to the Radio Kent debate on Lower Thames Crossing.
>> See photographs of the Public Meeting with
Highways England, Saturday 12th March 2016.
Also see the Q&A Session videos
Part One | Part Two | Part Three

Download and print our NO to Option C poster
(Formats: Word | PDF | JPEG | GIF )
 Protest Letter to Secretary of State for Transport.
(Download letter in
PDF | Word | plain text )

Below: Higham villagers turned out on Saturday 13th February to demonstrate against Option C whilst BBC South East Today reporter Fiona Irving interviewed Cllr Harold Craske.
Fiona Irving filming Higham villagers protesting against Option C

Web Update 23 - Latest H.E. LTC Project Design Changes
[ 2 November 2017 ]

The project design changes announced by H.E. on 1st November 2017 are as follows:

Removing the proposed A226 junction

A new design for the junction with the A2

The route will now be 3 lanes in each direction between the A2 and the A13

• A new junction design at the junction of the Lower Thames Crossing and the M25

• A new route and design to avoid Ockendon landfill

• Redesign of the A13 junction and the removal of the A128 junction (which is enabled by the A13 junction redesign)

• A new junction and link road at Tilbury.

Read more details from H.E.

Revised LTC Proposed route map, 1st November 2017

Web Update 22 - Details of the H.E. LTC Scheme as Proposed
[ 27 October 2017 ]

Representatives from Higham Parish Council, other local Councils and interested bodies met with representatives of Highways England (H.E.) in September 2017.  The 20 page H.E. presentation is now available here[PDF document]

Web Update 21 - H.E. Community Team Meeting with LTCA  [ 15 September 2017 ]

Members of the Gravesham Lower Thames Crossing Association (LTCA) Steering Committee met with representatives of Highways England (HE) on 8th September 2017, to discuss progress with the Lower Thames Crossing.
HE stated:

• they have taken on board the main feedback from other meetings (including our meeting in Higham), such as the location of the tunnel portals, the A226 junction, the redesign of the A2 junction, and mitigation measures,

• they were unable to share any revised proposals - they hope to be able to share their latest design proposals in late 2017 or early 2018.

HE have been asked to provide:

• information regarding updated traffic forecasts, the forecasts for the A226, A227, A228, and associated local infrastructure.

• information regarding proposals to improve traffic flows at Dartford, since it is not in our interests to have traffic diverting from Dartford because of ongoing delays and congestion.

From 14 September 2017, specialist engineers will be onsite to the south of the Met Police rifle range in Gravesend carrying out ground investigation surveys for the Lower Thames Crossing.
This will involve drilling several boreholes, to test the properties of the ground and groundwater for up to two weeks. The rigs will be approx. 6m high and there will be 6 – 8 rigs in use.


The land affected by the works will be re-instated to its original state and to the satisfaction of the landowners under the supervision of a HE representative once the works are complete.


HE state that the works will be carried out with the aim to limit disturbance to the natural environment as well as the public.

Web Update 20 - H.E. Community Team & Other Meetings  [ 6 July 2017 ]

Eva, Caroline and 3 colleagues from the Highways England Lower Thames Crossing Community Team met with 40+ plus parishioners informally in the Small Hall at the Memorial Hall in School Lane on 3rd July. Residents had the opportunity to make their views known – especially on the potential junction on the A226.

Further meetings will be planned if you would like to receive information about the Crossing and any future meetings join the mailing list email your name and email address to sue3906@gmail.com or phone 07480 518493.

The Lower Thames Crossing government website is a useful source of information: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/lower-thames-crossing.


A LOWER THAMES CROSSING MEETING WITH KCC took place on Wednesday 5 July - it was good to hear about KCC’s strong opposition to any junction on the A226, and their demand for additional tunnelling of the link road.

Representatives from Higham, Shorne, and Chalk met with senior members and officers of Kent County Council at County Hall to discuss mitigation measures for the proposed Crossing east of Gravesend.
The meeting, arranged by Gravesham Rural County Councillor Bryan Sweetland, was attended by Matthew Balfour, KCC Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste, and his deputy Michael Payne, together with Transport Strategy Manager Joe Ratcliffe and Katie Pettitt, Principal Transport Planner.


At the meeting, KCC listened to our concerns, and shared their views on mitigation requirements not just for the immediate area, but also with regards to the impact on traffic on the A226, A227, A228, and surrounding roads and villages.


KCC also shared their proposed design drawings for the link road which they have recommended to Highways England and which, if adopted, would go a long way towards mitigating many of the worst impacts of the crossing and link road.


Clearly there is a still a lot of detail to address as the design is developed, and it was agreed that the parties would continue to liaise so that KCC can keep us updated on developments, and we can ensure that local concerns are taken into account.


Higham Parish Council was represented by Peter Allinson, with Susan Lindley and Bob Lane from Shorne, and Rev. Nigel Bourne from Chalk.

Web Update 19 - Preferred Route Announcement  [ 20 April 2017 ]

Although the Parish Council is extremely disappointed with the recent announcement of the preferred route (see map) for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, it is not altogether surprising. Many of us thought that the decision to go with Option C had already been taken prior to the consultation.

The key issue now is to ensure that local people are represented around the table as the next steps are taken. This does not mean that there will not be a challenge to the decision, the consultation process and the way in which petitions were seemingly discounted - work is already underway to examine the legal issues as well as reviewing potential for future actions and protests at local and national level. We will be working with groups and organisations, including the other local Parish Councils and Action Groups in Essex.

However, we must be prepared to be fully engaged with all discussions about the finer details of the route, mitigations, environmental protections etc. Of specific importance, are the discussions and decisions about a possible junction on the A226, impact on the A2 and our local roads, as we well as the protection of the environment and the Green Belt, not to mention pollution and health concerns.

It is essential that we continue to urge the Government to really listen to our concerns and issues.

We will continue to keep residents informed of everything related to the Crossing – through updates:
• here on this website (www.higham-kent-pc.gov.uk/ltc)
• the Parish Council Facebook page
• posters on the Parish Council Noticeboards (Forge Lane – outside the Library, Three Crutches, the green Lower Rochester Road, Lower Higham)
• posters in the Post Office and Village Greengrocers.

If you would like to be added to the email list we can send updates directly to you – email sue3906@gmail.com to be added to this list.

For further information about the Lower Thames Crossing go to:

Any questions about the Lower Thames Crossing:  email sue3906@gmail.com or phone 07480 518 493.

You can email us with any comments: enquiries@higham-kent-pc.gov.uk


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