Two Lower Thames Crossing tender opportunities are being released by Highways England. The routes are worth a combined £1.9 million, building roads north and south of the Thames. It’s known as the Lower Thames Crossing project.
The project will build a total of 14.2 miles of new roads that’ll connect to the longest road tunnel in the UK. The works will improve journeys by almost doubling road capacity across the River Thames east of London.
The two roads are the final of the three main works contracts to be procured for the scheme by Highways England. The £2 billion Tunnels and Approaches contract is currently out for tender. The £162.5 million Integration Partner contract was awarded earlier in the year.
This will be a two-stage design and build contract worth £600 million. The works will be part of the route from the A2/M2 corridor to 1km south of the southern tunnel entrance. It will include strategic utilities and environmental interfaces within the contract. It comprises of:
This is also a two-stage design and build contract worth £1.3 billion. It will deliver the route from 1km north of the northern tunnel entrance to Junction 29 of the M25. New link roads are required to connect to the route with the M25, A13 and A1089. It will involve:
Our roads connect us – we rely on them, and they are a critical part of our economic recovery and low-carbon future. The Lower Thames Crossing is the most ambitious road project this country has seen since the M25 was completed 35 years ago. These contracts show our commitment to this project, which will support 22,000 jobs during its construction and provide a huge economic boost to the UK economy when it opens for traffic.
“Our challenge is to build the new crossing in a way that not only supports the next generation of low carbon vehicles, but minimises our footprint, and allows us to enhance the natural environment and leave a positive legacy for our neighbours and users.”
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