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Multi-million pound Dartford Crossing free-flow charging contract awarded
Sanef will carry out the £367 million task of designing, implementing and delivering the project which is set to be up-and-running by October next year.
The new technology will allow drivers to use the bridge without having to stop at the barriers to hand over payment with methods including telephone, text, online and at retail outlets.
Drivers will be encouraged to pay the charge before they use the crossing and will have to midnight the following day to pay the standard charge.
The penalty charge for non-payment will be £70, with a reduced rate of £35 if paid within 14 days. If the penalty is not paid within 28 days it would rise to £105.
Roads minister Stephen Hammond said:"I welcome this contract award which shows the Government delivering on its promise to provide improvements that will help traffic flow better at this crucial gateway.
"This will help thousands of drivers who use the crossing every day and benefit both the local and national economy."
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