Lower Thames Crossing

Increasing capacity and connectivity in the strategic road network is vital to the freight and logistics industries

Friday 06 April 2018

Increasing capacity and connectivity in the strategic road network is vital to the freight and logistics industries in order to ease congestion forecast to occur as traffic levels increase. The Lower Thames Crossing would provide more than 70% additional road capacity across the river connecting Essex and Kent. FTA welcomes the Department for Transport’s announcement that the new Lower Thames Crossing is to be constructed to link the A2 east of Gravesend to the M25 (Option C).

FTA's stance

  • FTA has urged government to proceed with the construction of Option C of the Lower Thames Crossing as quickly as possible in the context of a broader roads policy which must keep transport moving nationwide for many years to come.  The selected route, which connects the A2 with the M25, is expected to carry 4.5 million HGVs in its first year
  • FTA believes the M2 / M25 route is a vital cog in the country’s freight machine and it must continue to work as smoothly as possible to ensure that British companies can trade without delays both domestically and internationally
  • Transport networks both north and south of the River Thames are in urgent need for improvement and FTA is keen to see more of our roads network upgraded to assist business to trade without friction

Find out more

Options for a new Lower Thames Crossing Consultation Response

Contact Natalie Chapman, Head of South of England and Urban Policy at FTA