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Dartford Crossing payment scheme to ease congestion starts April 22

PUBLISHED: 13:33 03 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:33 03 April 2014

Dartford Crossing tolls

Dartford Crossing tolls

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A scheme designed to ease congestion at the Dartford crossing will move a step closer later this month with the start of advanced construction.

The new system, starting in October, will mean drivers no longer need to stop at a barrier to pay the toll.

Instead the new scheme allows payments to be made online, by phone, text or at numerous retail outlets.

Nigel Gray, highways agency project director, said: “This improvement is part of the Government’s commitment to invest in infrastructure, underpinning economic growth.”

The work is part of £1.7 billion investment is being invested into roads across south-east England by 2021 and the changes being introduced at Dartford will reduce congestion and ease traffic flow at the transport link.

“Now we are ready to start on the road,” added Mr Gray.

“This advance work has been carefully planned to minimise disruption to road users and so will largely be carried out overnight when traffic flows are lowest.”

The signage work, which starts on April 22, will take place overnight on the A282, M25, A13, M20.

On the A1306, A2, Bob Dunn Way and Crossways Boulevard work will take place during off-peak daytime hours.

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