Have Your Say On The Lower Thames Crossing.

A major new road linking Kent, Thurrock and Essex would nearly double road capacity
across the river Thames and almost halve northbound journey times at Dartford Crossing,
under updated plans released by Highways England.

The project will create a new, three-lane dual carriageway connecting the M2 near
Rochester and the M25 in Essex between North and South Ockendon. It would include
a 2.4 mile-long tunnel under the Thames between Gravesend and Tilbury – the
longest road tunnel in the UK – and, at over 50 feet wide, the third largest bored
tunnel in the world.

The multi-billion pound project will connect communities, boost the economy and add vital
extra resilience to the road network while reducing pressure on the existing Dartford
Crossing. It is set to be the most ambitious road project since the M25 opened 30 years

The latest plans published include an updated, more detailed design which aims to
maximise the project’s huge benefits and includes significant changes to minimise the
impact on local communities and the environment.

25 public information events are being held across Kent and Essex, as well as
30 visits to local communities to help people understand more about the proposals and
put any questions directly to the project team. At each event, specialists will be on
hand to explain the proposed route, how it would be built and operated, and how
Highways England plan to minimise the impact on the local environment and community. All
information is also available online at www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk/haveyoursay


Details of the public exhibition events are as follows:

Orsett Hall Hotel, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS on Tuesday 16 October

from 2pm to 9pm

• Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bluewater Parkway, Greenhithe, DA9 9ST, on Saturday 20
October from 9am to 9pm, and Sunday 21 October from 11am to 5pm

• Chalk Parish Hall, Pirrip Close, Gravesend, DA12 2ND, on Monday 22 October from
2pm to 9pm

• Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford, DA1 2JZ, on Tuesday 23 October from
2pm to 9pm

West Horndon Village Hall, Thorndon Avenue, West Horndon, CM13 3TP on
Wednesday 24 October from 2pm to 9pm

• Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock Way, Grays, RM20 2ZP on Saturday 27
October from 9am to 9pm, and on Sunday 28 October from 11am to 5pm

• Tilbury Community Association, Civic Square, Tilbury, RM18 8AA on Tuesday 30
October from 2pm to 9pm

• Cascades Leisure Centre, Thong Lane, Gravesend, DA12 4LG, on Thursday 1
November, from 2pm to 9pm

• Shorne Village Hall, 16 The Street, Shorne, DA12 3EA, on Saturday 3 November from
midday to 6pm

• Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays, RM16 2JU on Tuesday 6 November from 2pm to

• Linford Methodist Church, East Tilbury Road, Linford, SS17 0QQ on Wednesday 14
November from 2pm to 9pm

• Brandon Groves Community Club, Brandon Groves Avenue, South Ockendon, RM15
6TD on Friday 16 November from 2pm to 9pm

• The New Windmill Hall, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, RM14 2QH on Saturday 17
November from midday to 6pm

• Holiday Inn Basildon, Cranes Farm Road, Waterfront Walk, Festival Leisure Park,
Basildon, SS14 3DG on Monday 19 November from 2pm to 9pm

• Gravesham Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU, on Wednesday 21
November from 2pm to 9pm

• St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Lane, Upminster, RM14 3QH on Thursday 22
November from 2pm to 9pm

• Havering College of Higher and Further Education, 42 Ardleigh Green Road,
Hornchurch, RM11 2LL, Monday 26 November, 2pm to 9PM

• Holiday Inn Brentwood M25 junction 28, Brooke Street, Brentwood, CM14 5NF on
Wednesday 28 November from 2pm to 9pm

• Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BD on Friday 30 November from 2pm
to 9pm

• Doubletree Dartford Bridge, Masthead Close, Crossways Business Park, Dartford, DA2
6QF, on Monday 3 December from 2pm to 9pm

• Dover Town Hall, Biggin Street, Dover, CT16 1DL, on Tuesday 4 December, from 2pm
to 9pm

• Rochester Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester, ME1 1LS, on Wednesday 5
December, from 2pm to 9pm

• Chadwell Village Hall, Waterson Road, Chadwell St Mary, RM16 4NX on Friday 7
December from 2pm to 9pm

Mat Watson

Mat joined Bedrock in 2006, just before the move from Oldchurch Hospital to Queen’s Hospital, today he is our Chairman. He has a keen interest in radio broadcasting and wanted to understand more about production, programming and engineering aspects. He’s even has a qualification in radio production! Mat has worked professionally in broadcast working for commercial, community and online radio stations. But his passion remains with Hospital Radio, he calls it “a unique platform that retains individuality.” Today Mat works in public transport, helping customers with their journeys, but can still be heard on Bedrock on the Sunday Brunch from 10am.