TWO proposed price increases at the Dartford Crossing have been scrapped following public opposition.
The increase in charges to £2 in November and to £2.50 next April have been removed and the cost of the tolls will remail at £1.50.
Making the announcement this morning, Mike Penning, secretary of state for transport said he was pleased with the number of responses received by councils, community groups and residents.
He continued: “In recognition of the number of representations made and to allow the department time to carefully consider the responses further there will be no increase in either November or April.
“A final decision on the timing of future rises and a full response to the consultation will, subject to cabinet committee clearance, be announced early next year.”
Essex Euro MP Richard Howitt has welcomed today’s (Thursday 24th November) announcement that there will be no increase to toll charges at the Dartford Crossing but has called on the government to do more to tackle congestion on Thurrock’s roads.
Labour’s Richard Howitt MEP said:
“I’m pleased that having made representations on behalf of Thurrock businesses, we won’t be further hit by higher toll charges. This was not about the cost to motorists but costing jobs.
“However, this statement from the government does nothing to indicate that there will be the introduction of free-flow tolling, which is vital to reduce the crippling congestion on the M25. I urge the government to introduce such a measure in their final response to the consultation next year”