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DfT launch consultation on Dartford Crossing toll rise

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Chris Druce
Tuesday 05 July 2011 09:00

Truck drivers could see the cost of using the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing almost double by spring 2012, under plans outlined by the government to cut congestion.

In a bid to ease congestion and pay for improvements to the existing tunnel/bridge set-up the government has proposed that cash payments for HGVs crossing the Thames would increase from £3.70 to £5 later this year, before reaching £6 in spring 2012.

Transport minister Mike Penning says: “The Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing is a vital piece of transport infrastructure that has brought huge economic benefits and opportunities to the country. But the simple fact is many more motorists want to use the crossing than it was designed for and this leads to frequent lengthy delays, frustration and damage to the economy.

"Unless urgent action is taken this situation will only get worse with traffic expected to increase. That is unacceptable."

He continues: "It is clear that in the absence of the proposed increased revenues, we would not have been able to prioritise improvements which will benefit millions of road users. We are committed to introducing free flow charging to reduce congestion and explore provision of new additional crossing capacity."

A public consultation on the proposed toll increases is now open and will run until Friday 23 September.

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