New Thames crossing ‘could increase Dartford tolls’

PUBLISHED: 09:23 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:23 25 January 2013

A new tunnel across the Thames could increase the tolls on the Dartford Crossing, according to a council report.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is considering a new tunnel connecting Greenwich Peninsula with Silvertown, to ease congestion at the Blackwall Tunnel.

There is currently no funding for the project so it is proposed to finance the tunnel by levying a toll, which would also have to be applied to Blackwall Tunnel in order to balance demand.

A report by Dartford Borough Council raises concern that charges at Dartford Crossing may rise to maintain the balance of traffic using the Blackwall, Silvertown and Dartford crossings.

However it also says the Silvertown Tunnel could reduce congestion at Dartford by providing an alternative for motorists and the council has been advised to support the plans.

The earliest a Silvertown Tunnel could be operational is 2012.

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