Consultation on changes to Dartford crossing charges published

A 12 week consultation on the Government's proposals for changes at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing has been published, Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman confirmed today.

Dr Ladyman said:

"I strongly encourage anyone who would like to express a view on our proposals to use this consultation as their opportunity to do so. A number of possibilities are outlined in it, including whether we should remove charges completely at night and offer discounts to DART Tag users and local residents.

"Without intervention now, traffic levels at the Crossing will continue to grow. That is why I have also already commissioned research into other methods that might be appropriate to alleviate this expected congestion - including the feasibility of a third crossing."

The proposals being consulted upon include discounts for those who pay by an electronic 'Dart-Tag' and pre-pay account and free travel at night (a complete table of charges is available in the Notes to Editors). The Government is also seeking comments on suggestions from local Members of Parliament that discounts be made available for local residents, and comments on proposals for reinvestment of the revenue collected through the charging scheme.