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Dartford Crossing to lose £6million a year with new payment method - Highways Agency

PUBLISHED: 12:33 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:33 17 July 2013

The Dartford Crossing

The Dartford Crossing

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The Dartford Crossing will lose £6million a year in unpaid tolls once a new charging method comes into place next year, according to the Highways Agency.

Barriers will be removed from October 2014 and drivers will be recorded via number-plate recognition cameras. They will also be urged to pay before they travel.

A Highways Agency spokesman said it would use penalty and recovery processes to recover charges owed and they have estimated that the crossing will have a 93 per cent compliance rate.

The Dartford to Thurrock crossing, consisting of the Queen Elizabeth Bridge and two tunnels, is used by 140,000 vehicles a day.

The reason for removing the tolls is to ease congestion, say the Highways Agency.

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