Football fans win big with Lower Thames Crossing
DEDICATED football fans who follow their teams through the highs and lows across Kent and Essex won Wembley tickets in a recent Highways England and non-league competition.
The Bostik League fans, who support their step four teams across the South East, took part in a photo competition to share their experiences of their travels, with the lucky winners getting tickets to watch the Non-League Finals Day at the national stadium on Sunday 19 May.
The social media competition invited fans of Isthmian League clubs to take a picture on their way to a game. The league has 82 clubs across the South East, including 19 in Essex and 15 in Kent. In Bostik’s premier division alone, an average of seven of the week’s dozen fixtures require a team and its supporters to cross the River Thames – currently only possible to drive across outside of London by using the already over-capacity Dartford Crossing.
Highways England is currently finalising designs for its multi-billion pound Lower Thames Crossing. When it opens in 2027, the new crossing will double capacity across the Thames east of London while almost halving journey times at the existing Dartford Crossing. The new, 14-mile route will connect the A2 near Gravesend, Kent, with the A13 and M25 in Thurrock, Essex, courtesy of the country’s longest road tunnel and the world’s third-widest bored tunnel.
The Lower Thames Crossing team worked with the Bostik League to produce videos documenting the challenges faced by the league and its clubs in their travels to games.
Tim Jones, Highways England’s Project Director for the Lower Thames Crossing, said:
“It has been great partnering with the Bostik League and hearing the teams’ as well as fans’ stories. The Lower Thames Crossing could benefit the Bostik League by improving the connectivity across Essex, Kent and South-East England, meaning that teams, matchday officials and fans will benefit from fewer disruptions, closures and delays when travelling to games. The Lower Thames Crossing could also create opportunities for the Bostik League to grow and develop by improving access of teams in Kent to teams in Essex, and vice-versa.”
Nick Robinson, Bostik League Chairman, added:
“The Bostik League has been delighted to be part of the campaign; many congratulations to the winners who will all in time come to benefit from the Lower Thames Crossing. We were delighted by the number of entries and the high quality of the images. The league knows the benefits to be gained from this project and hopes that the competition has highlighted the advantages to many more people.”