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Lower Thames Crossing

The Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) is part of the biggest investment in the country’s road network for a generation and an essential component in the UK’s future transport infrastructure.

LTC is a proposed new road connecting Kent and Essex through a tunnel beneath the Thames that will almost double road capacity across the river east of London and ease congestion at the Dartford Crossing, improving journeys for millions of people every year.

During the building phase, we'll need more than 22,000 people on our team - from engineers and designers, to caterers and IT support - and offer local training opportunities to ensure we have the skills we need.

Main works bidders have been invited to tender for the three major Lower Thames Crossing contracts and begun the process of forming their supply chains, with a particular interest in identifying low carbon innovations that meet the challenging net zero ambitions for the programme.

We want to ensure local businesses play a key part in the project’s supply chain and this is in line with the Government’s aspiration of ensuring 30% of all procurement spend is with SMEs.

Visitors to the Lower Thames Crossing stand will learn more about:

  • how the proposed road would connect to the existing network to improve journeys within the local area and wider South East region
  • how the project would open up markets and connect business to new customers
  • opportunities for local suppliers to get involved through the supply chain - we'll need caterers and IT support as well as engineers and designers
  • how to stay up to date with project news and opportunities to get involved through our SME Directory
  • free training resources through the Supply Chain Sustainability that will help them be prepared to work on major infrastructure projects

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