Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Thurrock MP Probes Dartford Crossing Costs

THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price received a full list in Parliament of the costs for improvements to the Dartford crossing since 2000.

Michael Penning (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Roads and Motoring) replied.

He said: “The following table sets out Highways Agency improvements projects from April 2003 to September 2009. They include all expenditure including technology renewals but exclude maintenance and renewals activities. Details of improvements before April 2003 can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Toll Booth Protection Scheme 1,755,066
Minor Safety and Improvement Projects (2003 to 2007) 1,385,254
Queen Elizabeth II Bridge Pylon Protection Improvements 740,775
Layout of the North-Bound Entry to the East Tunnel as a Contingency for a Tunnel Closure 439,702
Automatic Fire Suppression and Detection Improvements (East and West Tunnels) 366,181
Installation of Speed Detection Equipment and Cameras (Queen Elizabeth II Bridge) 322,997
Traffic Officer Control Room Upgrade 267,982
Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signage Installation (Junction 2 to 30) 227,651
Information Technology Developments for Dart-Tag and Toll Booths 218,159
European Union Tunnel Safety Directive works 167,515
National Motorway Communications System and Variable Messaging System Upgrade 142,391
Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signage (Junction 30 to Plaza) 117,272
Information Points, Board and Sign Installation 109,976
Close Circuit Television Replacement 95,966
National Motorway Communications System Upgrade 82,770
A282 Express Lane Improvement Scheme 60,403
Improvements from Junction 1A to Queen Elizabeth II Bridge Accident Cluster 56,636
Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signage (MIDAS) Installation 53,791
Road Accident Safety Improvements (Queen Elizabeth II Bridge Approach) 52,371
Additional CCTV Cameras 47,618
Network Referencing System and Installation (Signage and Marker Posts in Tunnels) 39,458
National Motorways Communications Link Installation 34,427
Signing improvements for Dangerous Loads 31,061
Road Accident Safety Improvements (Junction 1A) 22,066
Roadside Safety Restraints 15,375
Road Accident Safety Improvements (Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and Approach) 13,389
Emergency Turnaround Points 10,379
Other Minor Safety Initiatives 985


  1. So thats £611,624 spent on various signs then. That includes £31k for signage for Dangerous Loads.I’d want to be the man who makes the signs. Good to see your £1.50 well spent and hope you enjoy sitting in a queue for a hour each day each way.


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