Last reviewed 4 February 2021

The Lower Thames Crossing will almost double road capacity between Kent and Essex, ease congestion across the region and each year divert over 13 million vehicles away from the Dartford Crossing, currently the only river crossing east of London.

According to Highways England, the ambitious scheme includes the longest road tunnels in the UK, 14.3 miles of new road, new viaducts, seven new green bridges, and 24 miles of new paths connecting habitats and communities.

It will support 10,000 jobs in the peak year of construction and, over the six-year building phase, will employ more than 22,000 people.

Highways England is currently developing a skills, employment and education strategy that will enable the delivery of the Lower Thames Crossing as well as support the long-term skills and employment needs of the local community.

It has worked with local authorities and a wide range of interested parties to understand their hopes for the scheme, and the requirements of the local skills market, so they can cultivate a workforce that can support these plans.

A strategy will be published in the Spring.

Matt Palmer, Lower Thames Crossing Executive Director, said: “Our aim to create local jobs, support local businesses, and nurture the next generation of talent, and in partnership with our contractors we have ambitious plans. We will create hundreds of apprentices and places for graduates and are offering free training to local businesses to help them work on this, or any other major infrastructure project.”

Full details of the scheme can be found at highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/lower-thames-crossing. This includes an option for small firms to sign up to an SME directory that will be given to the main works contractors.