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Lower Thames Crossing: learn more at drop-in events

David Mairs
By David Mairs
12th February 2024

Public have chance to ask questions while Planning Inspectorate prepares report

It is almost two months since the examination hearings for the Lower Thames Crossing were concluded.

CPRE Kent has taken an active role in the lengthy planning process – reportedly the longest in this country on record – and maintains its view that the adverse environmental and financial impacts of the proposed scheme outweigh any purported benefits.

National Highways says it expects a decision on its scheme to have been made by June – if approved, it says work could start in 2026 and the tunnel to be open by 2030.

Although the application is now with the Planning Inspectorate and essentially out of sight while it prepares a report, it needn’t be out of mind for the wider public, with three community drop-in events planned for the next few weeks at which you can ask questions about the project.

The events are:

  • Moon Court, Bluewater: Tuesday, February 13, 10am-8.30pm
  • Hempstead Valley shopping centre, outside Marks and Spencer: Thursday, February 15, 10am-6.30pm
  • The Orchards shopping centre, Dartford: Friday, February 16, 10am-5pm
  • Thamesgate shopping centre, Gravesend, outside Superdrug: Saturday, February 17, 10am-5pm
  • Chalk Parish Hall: Tuesday, March 5, from 3pm
  • Cascades Leisure Centre, Gravesend: Wednesday, March 6, from 3pm
The proposed southern approach to the crossing