Date set for Dartford Crossing tolls increase

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 September 2012

Dartford Crossing

Dartford Crossing


The toll increase on the Dartford Crossing that was announced earlier this year will take effect from 6am on Sunday October 7.

Drivers of cars and two-axle goods vehicles will pay 50p more, while heavy goods vehicles will be charged £1.30 extra taking the cost to £5.

Discounts for local residents and the DART-Tag scheme will still apply.

Free-flow technology will be introduced in 2014 when car charges will rise by 50p again to £2.50.

Roads minister Mike Penning said: “The Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing is a vital piece of transport infrastructure, but upgrades need to be made. To do that, we need to start planning now for the future.”

Bryan Sweetland from KCC criticised the tolls rise, saying: “I am concerned that toll charges at the Dartford Crossing are being increased without any improvement to the congestion problems.

“I am even more concerned that the introduction of ‘free-flow tolling’ has been delayed yet again and is not now planned until the autumn of 2014, when the original date given was late 2012.

“Congestion at the Dartford Crossing and its approaches costs the UK economy some £40 million every year and is now a serious hindrance to encouraging economic growth in North Kent.”

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