Dartford charges rise

The price of crossing the Thames at Dartford increased at 10pm on Saturday November 15th.

With a rise of 50 per cent for cars, it now costs £1.50 for a daytime crossing and £2.00 or £3.70 for a lorry, depending on its size.

However, residents of the Dartford and Thurrock council areas can apply for a local discount scheme. They will receive 50 free crossings a year and a 20 pence fee for each subsequent crossing.

Discounted rates will also apply to DART-Tag holders when crossing during the day. A new customer centre on site has extended opening hours in place to handle applications for the Local Resident, DART-Tag and Vehicle Exemption schemes.

The Dartford Crossing is free for all vehicles between the hours of 10pm and 6am.

A vital link in the M25, the Dartford Tunnel and QEII Bridge connect Kent and Essex and together form one of Europe's busiest crossings.

Tolls were originally due to end in 2003 when the costs of construction had been covered. Controversially, the Department for Transport retained them as a congestion charge.

Published by: Maxine Clarke

November 25, 2008

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