Highways England has released a virtual journey through the Lower Thames Crossing which gives the first glimpse of what the new route could look like when it opens in 2027.
Ground investigation work on land for the twin bore 3km long tunnels has recently been completed and over water work on the Thames estuary is expected to start soon.
The animation shows the tunnelled section, the three junctions north of the River Thames and a map of the full alignment of the proposed route. Highways England has said that the flythrough has been published to provide an early impression of what the £4.4bn to £6.2bn road and tunnel could look like.
Highways England has said that it plans to carry out a statutory consultation later this year. It said that the consultation will enable stakeholders and communities to shape the proposed design of the route ahead of a development consent order application for permission from the secretary of state for transport to build the Lower Thames Crossing.
“The video fly-through of the Lower Thames Crossing will give people a better understanding of how the proposed road and tunnel could look once built,” said Highways England project director Tim Jones.
“We are continuing to develop the design based on feedback from stakeholders and local communities so that we put forward a route which maximises the positive opportunities the Lower Thames Crossing could bring, while minimising impacts on communities and the environment. This video does not represent the final design, and we will continue to share our thinking and designs as we approach statutory consultation later this year.”