2019 Report details for project: Lower Thames Crossing

Project name: Lower Thames Crossing - there are 4 reports for this project: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DFT (D9) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: A new free-flowing road crossing of the Lower Thames east of Gravesend and Tilbury. It will improve network resilience and the performance of the existing crossings at Dartford enabling local regional and national economic growth.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The project received an IPA rating of Amber which is an improved rating from last year when it received an Amber/Red rating. The rating reflects the scale and complexity of the scheme and that it is still at an early stage in its delivery lifecycle. Consequently, a number of risks and assumptions remain which will be fully explored as the project progresses. These include the outcome from the extensive enabling works underway which will provide certainty re the certainty of the ground conditions along the preferred route. The Project remains on track to deliver the publicly committed Open for Traffic date of 2027. The project delivered a major statutory consultation ending in December 2018 which had 28,000 responses and showed a high level of support for the scheme. Good progress has been made in developing a publicly funded procurement approach following the Chancellors announcement in October 2018 to remove the use of private finance for the link roads of the scheme.
Start date: 2014-05-30
End date: 2028-07-31
Schedule text: The Project is on schedule to deliver a December 2027 Open for Traffic (OFT) date. The project end date in 2028 is also on track and reflects the time finalise the transition to business as usual once the road is open.
Baseline: £61.90m
Forecast: £81.00m
Variance: 31.00%
Variance text: The variance in 2018/19 is due to two main reasons: Firstly, the number of home owners claiming that their properties will be "blighted" by the scheme is more than forecast for this stage of the project. When a claim is made the project must purchase the properties therefore expenditure expected to be made later in the development phase has been brought forward to meet these costs. Secondly, development phase work scheduled for later years has been brought forward in order to derisk the project schedule. This includes critical ground investigation work. The overall development phase budget of £324m has not changed.
Whole Life Cost: £5,509.00m
WLCost text: The projects Whole Life Cost increased during the year as a result of design changes identified as needed following the development of an updated traffic model for the Lower Thames Area. The changes are reflected in the Statutory Consultation material and include the introduction of 3 lanes north of the A13 junction. Overall these changes are intended to ensure that the traffic congestion at Dartford Crossing is significantly reduced and the traffic on the Lower Thames Crossing remains free flowing.
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