Monday, 5 May 2014


Changes to Crossing tolls begin


QEII Bridge at Dartford
QEII Bridge at Dartford

Work began on Thursday 24th April on the first stage of phasing out the Dartford Crossing’s controversial toll booths.
And motorists are warned it could cause some disruption.
The scheme, known as ‘Dart Charge’ will see the booths replaced with number plate recognition technology which should be fully operation by October.
At this stage, the work mainly involves putting up new signage, and will take place overnight to minimise inconvenience to motorists.
The free-flowing system will mean no more stopping to pay to use the crossing, with motorists instead paying in advance or up to 24-hours after completing the journey.
Payment methods will include online, by text, phone or at numerous retail outlets.
This first phase will be finished over the summer, and takes place at various times on the A282 on both approaches to the crossing, the M25 both directions between junction 29 and junction three, the A13 both directions approaching junction 30, and the M20 westbound between junctions three and one.
It will take place during off-peak daytime hours on the A1306 both directions approaching junction 31, the A2 both directions approaching junction two, the eastbound Bob Dunn Way in Dartford, and the southbound Crossways Boulevard in Dartford,
After October, the payment booths will be removed and road layout changes will be completed, with final building work finished by spring 2015.