THE HIGHWAYS ENGLAND PROPOSALS
The decision to build a new crossing
The government decided back in 2013 that an additional crossing of the Thames east of the existing Dartford Crossing was needed.
Their website reads:
"On May 21, 2013 the Department for Transport published the government’s response to a consultation on options for a new Lower Thames Crossing. This explained that as a result of consultation and other relevant information, government confirmed the case for a new crossing."
Option C Route 3
Highways England has undertaken analysis of the problem, worked through numerous potential solutions and concluded a set of recommended proposals which will be submitted to The Secretary of State for Transport for consideration as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) using the Development Consent Regime under the Planning Act 2008.
The routes were categorised into three main corridors and these became known as Option A, Option B and Option C.
Originally there were two more options (D and E) further east than Option C but these were discounted at an early stage.
There were a number of stages during which Highways England eliminated routes they did not consider viable against their measures of:
All those routes within the Option A corridor were discarded by Highways England.
Option B was discounted in order to accommodate London Paramount.
Their final recommendations are within the Option C corridor and comprise a new crossing east of Gravesend with associated link roads connecting the A2/M2.
Two alternative links to the tunnel are proposed. The Western Southern Link (WSL) or the Eastern Southern Link (ESL)
The eastern route cuts through Pear Tree Lane in the picturesque village of Shorne, while the western option cuts across Thong Lane.
Both proposals cross A226 near Chalk and the River Thames under the firing range.
Some of the proposed link road routes are at existing ground level while other parts are in a deep cutting or on a high embankment.
Please refer to the Highways England consultation documents for more information.
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