Consultation for a new bored tunnel below the Thames has attracted the largest ever response to a UK road scheme, Highways England has said.
The consultation for the Lower Thames Tunnel, for which the CH2M, Arcadis and Cowi were appointed as technical advisors last week, resulted in over 47,000 responses.
Highways England has said that responses are now all being analysed before a final decision on a preferred route is made by the government, which expected to be announced later this year.
“This is a fantastic level of engagement, and I am grateful to everyone who took the time to take part in the consultation,” said Highways England consultation manager Martin Potts. “We set out to reach as many people as possible, to let them know about our plans and to seek their views, and public’s response has exceeded our expectations.
“The route for a new Lower Thames Crossing is a massive decision and it is vital that we get it right. I am very encouraged at the significant number of responses that we have received, as they will really help us to make the best possible recommendation to government about the route that this vital new road link should take.”
Highways England has said that the new route could be open in 2025 and open up the area for economic growth, as well as relieve congestion at the existing Dartford Crossing.