Dartford Crossing cash toll charges rise

Posted on October 5th, 2012 by James Luckhurst

Dartford Crossing cash toll charges riseAn increase in road toll charges at the river crossing between Kent and Essex will take effect from Sunday (7 October).

Unless you’re up with the lark and can be through (or over) by 0600, then expect to pay – a rise of 50p – or another £1.30 if you’re driving a truck. Motorcyclists will still get free use of the Crossing, as will anyone using it between 2200 and 0600.

Electronic charging is coming, which means that you will no longer have to stop. However, that’s not due until 2014, by which time the toll will rise to £2.50 for cars. 2014, when the charge for cars will rise to £2.50. Drivers of 2-axle goods vehicles will also have to pay £3.00, and £6.00 for heavy goods vehicles.

The Tunnel was a key part of my childhood, and I recall queueing to get through it, from Essex to Kent, on Christmas Day 1970 – a white Christmas, if I’m not mistaken. I was also part of a BBC team one year when a tug of war was organized between the two counties, using an enormously long piece of rope and one of the tunnels (which had been closed for the night).

These days, my rare experiences of using the Crossing usually include a long wait. No wonder local groups remain up in arms about the effect of the delays, claiming they have a huge knock on effect for the surrounding road network, with devastating effects on local businesses.