Please read the following release from The Lower Thames Crossing Community Engagement Team

On Tuesday 14 July Highways England and the Lower Thames Crossing Community Engagement team will be launching a consultation on proposed design refinements to the Lower Thames Crossing. This consultation follows the Statutory Consultation in 2018 and Supplementary Consultation, completed earlier this year.

From the 14th July you will be able to have your say on our proposed refinements, which include:

*Minor refinements to elements of the highways design
*Updated paths for walkers, cyclists and horse riders
*Proposals for redirecting and upgrading utilities
*More detailed landscaping proposals
*Further developed ecological mitigation measures

The consultation will be a digital first consultation – meaning that from 14th July to 12th August all materials, including an online feedback form, will be accessible online at - How to submit your response

If you would like to order printed copies of our consultation materials you can do so by emailing

Consulting during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

With social distancing measures still in place, and in line with Government guidance, we have adopted a ‘digital first’ approach. We will also be putting additional measures in place to ensure members of the public can engage fully in the consultation, including:

*Leaflets distributed to 135,000 properties within 2km of the route, giving residents advance notice of this consultation from today
* From today, people can register their interest in the consultation and pre-order hard copies of our consultation packs to arrive from consultation launch on 14 July
* Extensive media and social media campaigns to raise awareness about the consultation

During the consultation period – from 14th July to 12th August we will provide:

* A freephone consultation and call-back service for people to find out more and give their feedback on our proposals
* An online public information exhibition – including videos, displays and a documents library
* Webinars to explain the key changes open to all members of the public
* An updated and newly interactive website
*Ongoing social media updates

How to pre-order your consultation materials

Visit the Highways England website here:

Highways England - LTC Design Consultation Materials

Please bear in mind that whilst you need a space between the first and second part of the postcode, check you haven’t also put a space in after
the postcode.  You may also find manually entering your postcode works better than using auto complete feature.  The form seems to be very
particular and has caused some problems in entering their address.

Alternatively you can email or call 0300 123 5000 to request a copy of the pack is sent to you as soon as they
are released.

New Project Director

We would also like to take this opportunity to let you know that we have a new Project Director, Shaun Pidcock. Shaun joins the project having led the Highways England Smart Motorway Programme for four years. He leaves the Smart Motorway Programme in good shape and is now ready to lead the Lower Thames Crossing as we approach our Development Consent Order (DCO) planning application, and get prepared for project delivery.

We will be contacting Higham Parish Council on the 14th July when all the consultation materials will be published on our website to send you the links to all the new information/materials and to ask you to use your channels to communicate the information to your contacts at that point.

Lower Thames Crossing – Community Engagement

We will keep you posted on developments via our website and facebook page.

The Parish Council