Lower Thames Crossing Tender Worth a Combined £1.9 Million

Published7th April 2021 AuthorJohn Hudson

Two Lower Thames Crossing Tender Opportunities

 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.

The two Lower Thames Crossing tender opportunities:

  1. The Kent Roads contract

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:

  • 6km of new road, including a multi-level junction connecting the A2 to the Lower Thames Crossing.
  • A road designed to minimise impact. It will need extensive landscaping with new and upgraded structures, embankments, cuttings and retaining walls.
  • Environmental mitigation is at the heart of the scheme. Two “Green Bridges” at Thong Lane and Brewers Road. They will combine green spaces with cycling, walking and vehicle access. Brewers Road will cater for horse riders.
  • Ecological works for species protection and habitat enhancement along the route.
  • The diversion of utilities including strategic gas mains, electricity cables. Water and telecoms. 
  1. The Roads North of the Thames contract

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:

  • 16km of new road with over 30 proposed new or upgraded structures, cuttings, embankments, retaining walls and under bridges. These will take the route through the A13 to join the M25 at Junction 29.
  • Environmental mitigation with the roads screened with 5 “Green Bridges”.
  • Two viaducts at Tilbury over Tilbury Loop Railway and across Orsett Fenn over the Mardyke flood plain. Both should be designed to enhance connectivity under the crossing supporting local community access.
  • Diversion of utilities including gas mains, electric cables and towers.
  • Ecological works along the route for species protection and habitat enhancement.

Matt Palmer, Lower Thames Crossing Executive Director, said:

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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