Thursday, 13 April 2017

New Lower Thames Crossing gets the green light

An important next step in relieving the burden of the M25 congestion caused in and around Dartford – and strengthening the transport links to our Channel ports – has been taken, with the announcement by the Secretary of State that the green light has been given for a new Lower Thames Crossing east of Gravesend.

The news follows months and years of lobbying by those with responsibility for championing the area’s economy, namely the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) and partners, including Kent and Medway Economic Partnership (KMEP), Kent County Council, all local authorities (excluding Gravesham) and the business community.

The announced route for the new Lower Thames Crossing is Route 3, option C, with the western southern link. This is the option preferred by Highways England and supported by SELEP and the business community.

When complete, it will link the M25 between Junction 29 and 30, and cross the Thames via a tunnel between Tilbury and east of Gravesend, before connecting with the A2 near Shorne in Kent.

The team at Maxim has played its part in putting the case by working closely with SELEP’s team to ensure the local business community’s voice was heard and helping to coordinate a clear and consistent response to ministers.

Meetings and briefings have been held, newsletters written and distributed, and press releases produced for more than a year in the run up to this decision.

Maxim’s role also included engaging with the DfT’s press office, securing a quote in the national release for Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, and working with the media in Kent, Essex and some of the nationals.

All in all it’s been a great achievement, but the hard work to build it must still continue. An announcement is one thing, but what we all want to see are the diggers on site.

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