Monday, February 26, 2024

Businesses launch crossing consultation

BUSINESSES from across Essex are being urged to make their views known on the future management of the Dartford Crossing through a survey which has been launched today by the Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses).

Essex FSB Chairman, Iain Wicks, said: “The Department for Transport is currently running a consultation on the future management of the Dartford Crossing including proposing higher charges, a possible new crossing between Essex and Kent and using number plate recognition toll collection systems.

“Essex FSB will be responding to that consultation but before we do so we are gathering data from local businesses so that we have up to date facts to include in our response.

“That is why we have launched an online survey we are asking businesses across the county to complete. The survey is at and takes around five minutes to complete.

“We want to hear from any business in the county – not just the 4,000 plus FSB members – so that we get as complete a picture as possible to present to the Government so that the voice of business is heard loud and clear about these proposals.”

The FSB represents more than 200,000 business people across the United Kingdom and is the largest single organisation representing business interests in the country.

The Essex Region of the FSB represents small businesses in the areas covered by Essex County Council and the London Boroughs of Havering and Redbridge.

More information on the Essex Region of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) can be found at or at FSBEssex on .


  1. Is this an early April Fools joke? Businesses are obviously going to vote to quadruple the price of the tolls in order to slash their profits and let their drivers spend even longer in the queues leading up to the toll booths – surly they don’t need a survey to work that one out.

    Is it me, or has the world gone completely bonkers?


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