Agenda and draft minutes

Lower Thames Crossing Task Force - Monday, 10th February, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6SL. View directions

Contact: Lucy Tricker, Democratic Services Officer  Email: direct.democracy@thurrock.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

39.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Terry Piccolo and Sue Shinnick. Apologies were also received from Peter Ward, Thurrock Business Representative and Westley Mercer, Thurrock Business Board Representative.

40.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Lower Thames Crossing Task Force meeting held on 16 December 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes were approved as a true and correct record.

41.

Items of Urgent Business

To receive additional items that the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency, in accordance with Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

42.

Declaration of Interests

Minutes:

There were no interests declared.

43.

Highways England - Scheme Presentation

Minutes:

The HE Development Director introduced the presentation and stated that it presented the high-level changes that had been made following statutory consultation in 2018. He asked members of the public to come to the consultation events that were being held across the borough and respond to the consultation material. He stated that the government had rated the LTC as a Tier 1 project which meant it was a much needed piece of infrastructure, as it would reduce congestion and delays on the Dartford Crossing, but doubling river crossing capacity East of London. He commented that the LTC would remove 13 million vehicles from the Dartford Crossing in the first year of opening, and would improve the reliability of the M25 and surrounding roads.

The HE Development Director moved onto discussing the proposed tunnel which would hold the LTC, and stated that it would be the third largest bored tunnel in the world, and would still not be at capacity 25 years after opening. The HE Development Director compared this figure to the Dartford Crossing which was opened in 1993 and had almost reached capacity by 1997. He added that the LTC would provide better access for tankers and abnormal loads, as they would not have to be escorted through in convoy. The HE Development Director highlighted that 29,000 people had responded to the statutory consultation in 2018, and as there were 16 questions per response form, it had taken HE a long time to analyse them all. He added that since the close of consultation the mobile information unit had continued to visit areas across the borough and had received 7000 visitors. The HE Development Director then highlighted that since the close of consultation the team had been on site conducting ground investigations, which would last for one year, and were necessary to gather data such as soil quality, to be able to submit the planning approval. He added that the design had also been further developed to improve safety and reduce potential accidents along the route.

The HE Development Director clarified that the current round of consultation had started on 29 January and would last for eight weeks, and members of the public could fill the response form out online, or pick up a copy from the deposit locations. He added that numerous public information events were also being held across the borough, and questions could also be asked on the HE website. He mentioned that the main guide to consultation could be viewed online, or could be picked up from the foyer in the Civic Offices, and the response form also had a section for members of the public to add in any comments or concerns they might have.

The HE Development Director stated that there had not been much change regarding traffic updates, but HE had received new HGV data and port traffic data from government that had been included in the traffic model. He also added that an update to the Environmental Impact Assessment had been  ...  view the full minutes text for item 43.

44.

Task Force Priorities List pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Minutes:

The Assistant Director stated that once the HE consultation had finished, the document would be updated.

Members had no comment on the Task Force Priorities List.

45.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Minutes:

The Assistant Director LTC stated that the Council’s consultation response would be considered at the March Task Force meeting, and the April meeting would discuss updates to the HIA.

Members had no comment on the Work Programme.