The Port of Tilbury has continued to call for a direct road connection onto the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) as the 10-week statutory consultation for the LTC development consent order begins.
The proposed new motorway will connect Kent, Thurrock and Essex through a tunnel beneath the River Thames and aims to provide quicker and more reliable journeys locally, regionally and nationally.
The port has campaigned for improved road connectivity to Tilbury and wants the Tilbury Link Road (TLR) to be included in the LTR.
The TLR is a 3km single carriageway highway connection from the proposed LTC Tilbury junction to the proposed Tilbury2 infrastructure corridor, which comprises of a public highway and a rail connection.
It was included in the Highways England design update in November 2017, but was removed in the latest design.
Chief executive of the Forth Ports Group, which owns the Port of Tilbury, Charles Hammond has said that the company plans to play a “full and constructive” part in the development scheme.
Hammond added: “As the fastest growing UK port, it is crucial that this project enhances Tilbury’s northbound and southbound connectivity.
“We remain committed to achieving a direct road connection off the proposed LTC Tilbury junction into the expanding port area.”
In the latest update, Highways England have proposed that traffic to and from the Port of Tilbury access the LTC through both new and existing free-flow link roads at on the A13 and A1089 junction.
Northbound (A1089) traffic from the port would be able to access the LTC directly using the new free-flow links at the A13 junction to go north or south.
Southbound (A1089) traffic that wanted to access the port would use existing free-flow connections between the A13 and A1089 junction.
Traffic travelling northbound or southbound on the LTC that wanted to access the port would have to come off at the A13 junction.
The traffic would then have to travel three miles east on the A13 to the Manorway roundabout and u-turn to use the A13 and A1089 junction.