The company traded until 1989, when it merged with Sir M MacDonald & Partners to form Mott MacDonald. Junction 10a construction works have been visible to thousands of drivers who use the M20 since January 2018. KentLive reported last week that part of the scheme will be open by the end of this month, namely October 31 when the country is due to leave the EU. They have campaigned for years and calls have fallen on deaf ears but this looks set to change. The metal reserve barrier will eventually be replaced by a concrete replica, and lane four will be resurfaced. The Thames Cable Tunnel, also known as the Tilbury – Gravesend Cable Tunnel, is a tunnel carrying high-voltage electrical transmission lines beneath the lower River Thames between Tilbury and Gravesend. The northern portal lies just south of the East India Dock Road (A13) in Blackwall; the southern entrances are just south of The O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula. For historical reasons, the city centre has relatively few railway bridges (or for that matter main-line railway stations). It will also see the lanes increased from four lanes to seven each way. It is being developed in conjunction with the Belvedere Crossing, just downriver. Several tunnels are over a century old: the original Thames Tunnel was the world's first underwater tunnel. The project started in June 1899 and the tunnel opened on 4 August 1902. A third tunnel used to carry steam under the Thames to the Churchill Gardens estate. Many drivers have had to use narrow lanes and adhere to a restricted speed limit for more than a year. The link will be the first new crossing of the Thames east of London since the Queen Elizabeth II bridge opened in 1991. The A2 at Dover is set to be dualled after improvement plans finally took a turn in the right direction earlier this month. The route of a new road tunnel under the Thames Estuary has been revealed. Consequently, railway builders have had to tunnel under the river in the city centre rather than bridge it. 2 tunnels run under the Thames from the station and arrive on either side of Chelsea Bridge. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. "These gantries will display valuable information for road users to help reduce congestion and ease traffic flow when the smart motorway comes into operation in spring 2020.". Engineers have been widening part of the M20 since July 2018 in a bid to create a smart motorway system which essentially does away with the hard shoulder. London's abundance of river tunnels has resulted from a number of factors. Here's what has been happening with the biggest road works which will alter journeys for years to come. A date for the next stage of proceedings, whether that be a consultation or first blueprints is not yet known. The Blackwall Tunnel is a pair of road tunnels underneath the River Thames in east London, England linking the London Borough of Tower Hamlets with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and part of the A102 road. The tunnel was opened the 4th of August 1902. The River Medway Cable Tunnels are a pair of tunnels carrying high-voltage electricity transmission lines beneath the lower River Medway between the Isle of Grain and Chetney Marshes, Kent. This expanded to cover most of central London at its peak, before being replaced by electricity, with the final pump house closing in 1977. The North Kent Line is a railway which runs from a junction of Britain's South East Main Line, east of St Johns railway station, Greater London to a point south-west of Strood station by the River Medway in Medway where it links to the Chatham Main Line. Citibank used it for cabling at one point; it was large enough for a person to walk through. The project, set to be the biggest in 30 years since the 1970s, aims to be completed by 2027. The plans have been out for consultation this year. It has been designed to alleviate congestion in and around Ashford, and the slip road layouts can now be seen by passing drivers. The Thames Gateway Bridge was a proposed crossing over the River Thames in east London, England. It has sat in the planning stage for years, despite hoards of drivers undergoing the daily misery of the Dartford Crossing, which operates at capacity. Originally a proposed ferry crossing replacing the Woolwich Ferry, later plans suggested either a bridge or a tunnel. The M25 Runnymede Bridge is a motorway, A-road and pedestrian and cycle bridge built in the 1960s, 1980s and expanded in the 2000s carrying the M25 and A30 across the River Thames near the uppermost end of the Staines upon Thames and Egham reach of river. The M20 has not also been without its mishaps, with two consecutive projects taking place in a bid to improve the road layout. Overhead power lines are supported on towers which are usually significantly taller than overland pylons and are more widely spaced to cross the river in a single span. Its council is based in the town of Dartford. Around two million passengers use the ferry each year. The biggest roads in the county are set to undergo drastic change - and some will be completed by next year. The Lower Thames Crossing is set to be the second Dartford Crossing, and is set to be something of the largest tunnel in the world, bored at 50ft. Bosses say the second crossing will cut congestion on the Dartford Crossing, parts of the M25, A13 and the A2. "We are re-scheduling this work to happen some point after October 31 we will plan and communicate it carefully to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.". Even now, the Dartford Crossing provides the only way to cross the Thames by road between London and the sea (with predictable results for traffic congestion). Dubbed the most ambitious road project to be undertaken since the M25, plans on how the Lower Thames Crossing will look reached the public eye a year ago. "Creating junction 10a on the M20 involves permanently closing the coast facing slip roads at the existing junction 10, as they will be superseded by the new junction. Another historical factor has been the presence of the Port of London, which until the 1980s required large ships to be able to access the river as far upstream as the City of London. Part of the ambition is to create a 2.4 mile tunnel under the Thames between Gravesend and Tilbury, making it the longest in the UK. The A2 is a major road in south-east England, connecting London with the English Channel port of Dover in Kent. Chiefs say it will adopt a similar online pay toll system to that currently in place for the Dartford Crossing (Dart Charge). Or simply visit Kent Live's main Facebook page here for all our latest stories. The tunnels are used for road vehicles, pedestrians, Tube and railway lines and utilities. It borders the borough of Gravesham to the east, Sevenoaks District to the south, the London Borough of Bexley to the west, and the Thurrock unitary authority in Essex to the north, across the River Thames. While some projects look set to finish in under the next 12 months, there is one mammoth scheme which has eight years of estimated work ahead of it. The new two-mile road tunnel will create a link between the A2 and the M25 and reduce the burden on the busy Dartford Crossing. Tall pylons ensure that the electricity cables which they support provide an adequate safety clearance for river traffic. Ebbsfleet Garden City: Latest details on the development set to transform north Kent. Visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-lower-thames-crossings-to-cut-congestion-and-create-thousands-of-jobs. Several tunnels are over a century old: the original Thames Tunnel was the world's first underwater tunnel. The Borough of Dartford is a local government district in the north-west of the county of Kent, England. The London Hydraulic Power Company was established in 1883 to install a hydraulic power network in London. The new junction, which is making huge headway to be completed in its entirety by March 2020, will include a roundabout over the motorway, new slip roads, and a new link road to Bad Munstereifel Road. It is being promoted by Transport for London and will be delivered through a design, build, finance and maintain contract by the Riverlinx consortium. Grosvenor Bridge, originally known as, and alternatively called Victoria Railway Bridge, is a railway bridge over the River Thames in London, between Vauxhall Bridge and Chelsea Bridge. A spokesman for Highways England said: "Highways England is fast-tracking work to ensure that key slip roads at a new junction being created on the M20 near Ashford will be open to traffic by the 31 October. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-lower-thames-crossings-to-cut-congestion-and-create-thousands-of-jobs. For further information please click here and uk/91 for the tunnelbuilder archive. In all there is set to be around 14.5 miles of new roads that will connect the tunnel to the existing road network. It is also a key link to one of east Kent's biggest hospitals, the William Harvey. Described as one of the most important road crossings in Britain, it suffers from heavy traffic and congestion. It is oriented north–south and is southwest of Heathrow Airport. "Work in other areas of the project continues where it does not have an impact on this priority. The tunnel was designed by civil engineer Sir Alexander Binnie for London County Council and constructed by contractor John Cochrane & Co. It is believed the widening of the A2 would provide a viable alternative for port-bound traffic, especially when the Lower Thames Crossing is built. The Dartford Crossing is one of the county's main issues, with incidents and congestion causing tailbacks for miles on an almost daily basis. Greenwich Peninsula is a district of south-east London, England, within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. You can unsubscribe at any time. According to the 2011 Census, its population was 97,365. The preferred route for the new Lower Thames Crossing between Tilbury in Essex and Gravesend in Kent has been announced. Highways England has offered its support to the construction of the tunnel under the river Thames. Several tunnels are over a century old: the original Thames Tunnel was the world's first underwater tunnel. To follow Victoria on Twitter press here. It says three live and narrow lanes will be maintained, along with the 50mph limit, but when the switch comes into effect, there will be some notable changes. Funding has been secured for the first time to widen the stretch from Lydden to the Port of Dover. Choose a stop to view live arrivals and status information or add to favourites Highways England has said work has been ongoing to improve the design of the project. It opened in stages: the west tunnel in 1963, the east tunnel in 1980 and the bridge in 1991. It will be more than 50ft wide, also making it the largest bored tunnel in the world. The Silvertown Tunnel is a new Thames river crossing proposed to supplement the existing Blackwall Tunnel, which will join the Greenwich Peninsula with West Silvertown. Dualling was first mooted in the 1980s but disgruntled residents living locally have had to put up with the volume of traffic for decades. An update from Highways England said: "All four of the new super span gantries, which extend over eight lanes, and 17 of the new cantilever gantries have been installed. The only fixed road crossing of the Thames east of Greater London, it is the busiest estuarial crossing in the United Kingdom, with an average daily use of over 130,000 vehicles. 15/17. Where: M2 near Rochester and the M25 in Essex between North and South Ockenden. The plans have been out for consultation this year. Subterranean London is the set of subterranean structures that lie beneath London. Silvertown Tunnel is a planned road tunnel under the River Thames in East London that will connect the Greenwich Peninsula and west Silvertown.