National Highways has appointed Turner & Townsend as the Commercial Partner for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing project. T&T together with the main works contractors and the integrated client team, will develop the single largest roads scheme in a generation containing the longest road tunnels in the U.K. The project will consist Of a 14.3 miles of new road, seven green bridges to connect communities and wildlife. Furthermore, a new public parks and 46km of modern footpaths and cycle routes.
On the eight-year contract, T&T will work as part of National Highways Integrated Client Team offering day-to-day independent cost assurance and cost audit function, commercial and contract management on the Lower Thames Crossing scheme.
The Lower Thames Crossing Executive Director, Matt Palmer stated: “The Lower Thames Crossing project is the most aspiring road scheme the country has seen since the M25 was built 35 years ago. It will enhance journeys, offer new jobs and business opportunities, as well as bring new green spaces for the local community and wildlife.”For almost 60 years the Dartford Crossing has stood as the only crossing between Kent and Essex, a critical link carrying vital food, goods and services in the manufacturing areas, distribution hubs and ports of the Midlands, South East and North of England.
The Lower Thames Crossing project is designed to accommodate 135,000 vehicles daily. Currently it often sees 180,000 a day, leading to long delays which businesses in the country refer as a barrier to jobs and trade. The Lower Thames Crossing will enhance journeys by almost doubling the road capacity in the River Thames east of London. If offered the green light the reliable new route will be unlocking a wealth of long-term economic interests, as well as playing a significant role in the country’s economic recovery by supporting over 22,000 jobs in construction, additionally hundreds of opportunities for graduates, apprentices and local businesses.