On the day that the Prime Minister is likely to announce the sale of the Dartford Crossing as part of a £16bn Government fire sale a prospective Kent MP has branded the news with dismay
Speaking to Kentnews Gareth Johnson, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Dartford, said selling the crossing would make the hope of scrapping the tolls an “almost impossible dream”.
He added: “This Government has shown a complete disregard for residents when dealing with the Dartford crossing.
“Not only have they gone back on their promise of scrapping the tolls once the bridge has been paid for, they are now looking to sell the crossing to pay for some of its financial mismanagement.
“I shudder to think what this will do to the price of the tolls.”
Yourthurrock had already spoken to Stephen Metcalfe, Prospective Conservative Member of Parliament for South Basildon & East Thurrock earlier this summer who stated that if Tories came to power they would seriously consider the scrappage of the tolls.
Perhaps they will scrap the toll if they came to power ,but they didn’t when they were last in office. In fact the only concession has been a substantial discount for Thurrock and Dartford residents after a long hard battle by Andrew Mackinlay MP.
Rumours have been rife in the last few weeks that the southband tolls were to be halted as part of a experiment.
The southbound toll is responsible for queues sometimes as back as far as junction 28 on a regular basis.