Lower Thames Crossing Update – November 2019

On Monday 28th October, The Parish Council met with Highways England to receive an update on the Lower Thames Crossing development that (currently) is planned to open in 2027.

We were given plenty of statistics relating to the 2018 consultation process including:

  • 28,943 responses were received – a record for a consultation of this type (89% of these were submitted online)
  • This is the biggest UK road project since M25
  • This is the most significant road consultation ever undertaken in the UK
  • Some 15,000 people attended 60 official consultation events.

What’s happening now?

Highways England have launched a comprehensive programme of Ground Investigations (GI) along the route of the Lower Thames Crossing. Tests will be carried out at over 700 locations, including over 400 boreholes, ground water sampling and monitoring, shallow trial pits and a wide range of unobtrusive geophysical surveys. Read more here.

Ground Penetrating Radar Surveys

Highways England’s priority is to carry out this programme of work in a way that will have the smallest possible impact on communities.

The works will be carried out in two phases with the first phase involving signage and an escort and the second phase involving some traffic management. (Please see the map below for locations of the GPR surveys October-December 2019).

Ground Penetrating Radar surveys (GPR) started on Monday 28th October and will continue until mid December 2019. The GPR surveys will run in two phases in our area as follows:

Phase 1: 28th October – 15th November

Mobile GPR van escorted by a traffic management vehicle. Temporary road signage will be used when required.

  • Lower Higham Road
  • Brewers Road

Will be carried out Monday-Friday during off-peak hours or night-time 8pm-6am. Maximum 1 day or night.

Phase 2: 11th November – 20th December

Mobile GPR van and some push GPR. Traffic management could include lane closures and temporary traffic lights, night-time only.

  • A226 Gravesend Road – Mobile GPR
  • Thong Lane – Push GR, traffic-escorted
  • A2/M2 – Mobile GPR, traffic management, diverting vehicles

GPR – What to expect

  • The works are non-invasive and will not cause any noise disruption.
  • Due to the nature of the works, there will be flashing lights which are used on our works vehicles for the safety of both the workforce and the road users. As the works are mobile, the vehicles will be continuously moving, so any disruption caused by these will be kept to a minimum.
  • Access to properties will be maintained throughout the duration of the works.
  • At times, there will be lane closures with two-way traffic lights in place. This is required for the safety of both the work force and the road users.
  • The working hours for the mobile GPR (vehicles travelling at 10 mph/15kph) will take place during day time off-peak hours, Monday to Friday or carried out at night-time in high traffic areas, between 8pm and 6am, Monday to Friday.

Want to find out more?

For all of the latest news from Highways England relating to the Lower Thames Crossing (including this fly-through video of the entire proposed route), visit the official Lower Thames Crossing website:

Lower Thames Crossing - Highways England

We will be keeping you updated as the project progresses so please do revisit regularly to keep abreast of the Lower Thames Crossing news affecting the Parish and its surrounds.

The Parish Council