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Highways England and Kent County Council agree deal on crossing traffic improvements

PUBLISHED: 09:01 02 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:01 02 March 2016

QEII Bridge at Dartford

QEII Bridge at Dartford

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Highways England and Kent County Council have agreed on improvement plans

Highways England has agreed a deal with Kent County Council outlining improvement plans for the northbound approach to the Dartford Crossing.

Since the Dart Charge was introduced in November 2014, journeys have sped up, but local roads surrounding junctions nearest to the crossings have seen regular congestion.

The package of measures has been identified following detailed discussions between Highways England and Kent County Council and includes:

New message signs for drivers on local roads providing information about conditions ahead.

Smarter management of the traffic lights at junctions 1A, 1B and 2 (the Darenth Interchange) to improve traffic flow.

New lane markings, including yellow boxes, at junction 1A and junction 1B to reduce lane blocking on the roundabouts.

New vehicle activated signs on the local approaches to junction 1A that will help to alert drivers of oversized vehicles to the height restrictions at the Dartford tunnels.

New journey time monitoring technology on three key routes approaching the crossing to help better manage traffic flow.

Following the agreement, the county council and Highways England will be working together to deliver the improvements.

Roads minister Andrew Jones said: “We have already delivered better journeys for thousands of drivers at the Dartford Crossing by removing the tolling booths, and this is more good news for drivers.

“By upgrading traffic lights and carrying out other improvements we will help keep people moving and reduce the frustration of unpredictable journey times.

“Longer-term we remain committed to unlocking extra capacity by building a new Lower Thames Crossing.”

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