Do you use the Dartford Crossing on M25As from October no paying booths
The Government are changing the way you pay to cross the Dartford Tunnel or crossing as from October 2014. There won't be any pay booths to hold up the traffic. You will still only have to pay to use the crossing from 6am to 10pm. If you travel outside these hours it's free.
You can pay in advance or up to midnight on the day of travel. Don't forget you'll be fined and charged interest.
There are many ways to pay:
>with a pre-paid account
>at retail outlets
>over the phone
The background to the bridge is interesting to read and also the fact that the Government are consulting on a third way to cross the River Thames
The Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing (Dartford Crossing) spans the River Thames between Dartford and Thurrock, approximately 16 miles east of central London, and forms a trunk road link (the A282) in the M25 London orbital motorway.
Toll charges were levied at the Crossing until 2003 when the debts associated with the construction of the QEII bridge and the tunnels had been fully discharged. A Road User Charge was introduced in 2003 to manage the high demand for use of the Crossing. Parliament agreed the powers for the charging regime in the Transport Act 2000.
A number of road layout and charging configurations were considered during the development of the scheme including options that had a mixture of open and cash lanes. However, the assessment of options indicated that open traffic lanes in both directions would deliver the most significant benefit in terms of easing traffic flow and reduced delay, as well as removing the need for drivers to stop and pay the charge at a barrier.
The Dartford Crossing is a vital transport link and the introduction of Dart Charge is part of the government’s commitment to reduce congestion at this crucial gateway both now and in the future.
In the longer term, options for a third crossing are under consideration, and have been the subject of a Department for Transport (DfT) consultation.
Charges from October 2014 (current charge)
Cars £2.50 (£2.00)
2 axle goods £3.00 (£2.50)
Multi-axle goods £6.00 (£5.00)
To read the full article from the Government click here. It will give you advice on Dart-Tag users and exemptions: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dart-charge-dartford-crossing-remote-payment #driving #cars