Lower Thames Crossing

Election puts back RIS 3 and Lower Thames Crossing decisions


Ministers have shelved the publication of the draft Road Investment Strategy 2025-30 and postponed the planning decision for the £10bn Lower Thames Crossing, following last week’s announcement of a general election in July.

Exclusive: National Highways bans offsets for carbon pledges on Lower Thames Crossing


National Highways has clarified that contractors building its huge £9bn Lower Thames Crossing project will not be permitted to engage in offsetting in order to meet their contractual carbon limits.

Thames tunnel carbon pledges 'not watertight'


National Highways has refused to disclose the penalties that contractors would pay if they breached contract clauses it says are central to ‘ensuring’ that the Lower Thames Crossing meets new carbon limits.

Lower Thames Crossing team complete with award of £1.34bn tunnels contract


A Bouygues Travaux Publics – Murphy Joint Venture (BMJV) has won a £1.34bn contract to build the country’s largest bored tunnels as part of the Lower Thames Crossing project.

Sunak's EV delays puts LTC carbon claims in doubt


A major plank to the carbon emissions case for the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) has been thrown into doubt following prime minister Rishi Sunak's delay on banning petrol and diesel vehicles until 2035.

Carbon cut claims in £450m LTC award date back to 2020


National Highways has announced Skanska as the preferred bidder for the Kent Roads contract on the £9bn Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) project, but has confirmed that a 30% cut in projected carbon emission under the £450m contract brings emissions to the level it has already stated to be current best practice.

Low carbon hydrogen sought for Thames tunnel build


National Highways is seeking a supplier of low carbon hydrogen for contractors on the planned £9bn Lower Thames Crossing (LTC), with the aim of displacing more than a third of the diesel forecast to be used on the scheme’s construction.

LTC 'pathfinder' may play catch-up on carbon


National Highways has insisted that the £9bn Lower Thames Crossing still has a ‘vital’ role as a pathfinder project for low carbon construction, despite its start date being put back by two years, but has said the delay may see the scheme adopting techniques developed elsewhere.

Thames Tunnel carbon claims fade under questioning


The proposed £9bn Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) is facing new accusations of greenwashing after both National Highways and a major contractor rowed back on bold claims about the impact that new construction techniques will have on carbon emissions.

Balfour scoops £1.2bn Thames tunnel roads deal


National Highways has awarded Balfour Beatty a contract worth around £1.2bn on the controversial Lower Thames Crossing project.

DfT embroiled in Thames Tunnel business case dispute


The Department for Transport (DfT) has denied misleading its own ministers about the worsening value for money of the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) after it used figures that were two years out of date in its accounting assessment.

Lower Thames Crossing fly-through video released showing latest design


National Highways has released a 'fly-through' video of the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) under the new design that the government’s planning authority will examine.

Council warns against 'outer M25 by stealth'


Thurrock Council has urged residents to register to comment on the £9bn Lower Thames Crossing (LTC), which it warns could be more expensive per mile than HS2, as part of an examination by planning inspectors this year.

Thames Tunnel carbon emissions up by 25%


The projected climate impact of the Lower Thames Crossing is approximately 25% higher than anticipated in National Highways' abortive planning application two years ago, documents submitted for its new application show.

Lower Thames Crossing planning application passes first hurdle


The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has accepted the National Highways planning application for the Lower Thames Crossing for consideration, marking a key step forward for the multi-billion pound scheme.

Two years on, National Highways puts in LTC planning bid


National Highways has submitted a new planning application for the £8bn Lower Thames Crossing project – two years after it had to withdraw its first application.

Academics to provide LTC carbon 'assurance'


National Highways has hired a network of UK universities to provide ‘assurance’ over its carbon claims for the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC).

LTC 'greenwashing' row over claims of 80% emissions cut


The climate impact from traffic using the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) will be 80% lower if the Government’s ambitions for electric vehicles are realised, National Highways has said.

Gravesham joins tunnel transparency critics


The council for the area of Kent earmarked for the south portal of the planned Lower Thames Crossing has joined criticism of National Highways for a lack of candour over its environmental impact.

Thames tunnel 'costly for marginal gains'


The planned Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) will encourage large numbers of people to make car journeys that were previously not possible while making a minimal impact on traffic levels at the Dartford Crossing, a local authority has said.

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