Keith Prince: 'Lower Thames Crossing will be beneficial but come at a cost'

A fresh consultation on the proposed Lower Thames Crossing launched on July 14 amid growing support

A fresh consultation on the proposed Lower Thames Crossing launched on July 14 amid growing support for a Havering resident discount - Credit: Highways England

The proposed Lower Thames Crossing will benefit Havering, but there's no escape from the considerable disruption its construction will cause residents.

That's why, together with Havering Council and Romford MP Andrew Rosindell, I am calling for a residents’ discount to compensate local people.

If approved, the new three-lane dual carriageway tunnel – which would be the longest road bridge in the UK – won't be completed until 2029/2030. It will connect the M25 near North Ockendon to the M2 near Rochester, relieving congestion on the existing Dartford Crossing and offering a much-needed new Thames crossing east of London.

London Assembly member Keith Prince.

Keith Prince has been re-elected to the London Assembly - Credit: City Hall

Undoubtedly, this will benefit Havering residents who heavily rely on the Dartford Crossing as the new tunnel will increase road capacity between our borough, Kent and Essex.

The tunnel will also ease congestion on the approach roads to the M25, cutting traffic locally too. It also promises new opportunities by bringing over 400,000 more jobs within a 60-minute commute once open.

In the meantime, however, the project will cause disruption as they build the tunnel and connect it to the M25.

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Like Thurrock residents, people living in Havering will be greatly impacted by the construction of the crossing. But, unlike Thurrock, our borough hasn't been offered a discount to compensate residents. That's unfair.

Until the new crossing is open, Havering residents will be subjected to more noise, pollution, and traffic. This will disrupt people's lives and impact livelihoods, especially if the work results in long delays at the Dartford crossing. In the end, the tunnel will greatly benefit us, but it will come at a cost too.

A consultation is underway on the new proposals for the Lower Thames Crossing. I encourage everyone to have their say before it closes on September 8 and join our call for a discount for Havering residents -

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