Construction work starts on new Dartford Crossing payment system tonight

How the new barrier-free Dartford Crossing will look.

How the new barrier-free Dartford Crossing will look.

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

Drivers are reminded advance construction work starts tonight ahead of a new scheme to improve journeys at the Dartford Crossing.

Dart Charge – a new remote payment system being introduced from October 2014 – will reduce congestion and ease traffic flow at the Crossing.

Instead of stopping at barriers to pay the crossing charge, drivers will pay online, by text, at one of numerous retail outlets, or by phone.

From tonight work starts to install the signage which will help drivers understand the new system.

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson said: “This takes us one step closer to the removal of the toll booths which have caused untold misery and congestion for motorists.

“Whilst I will always believe that we should be getting rid of the tolls in their entirety, this use of modern technology instead of toll booths will tackle the serious hold ups and pollution in the area.

“Local people are fed up with the problems associated with the booths themselves so removing them can’t come soon enough for me.”

To minimise disruption the work will be carried out mostly overnight, when traffic flows are lowest, and using lane closures already in place for routine maintenance work.

The work to install the signs will be completed over the summer.

Some sign faces will remain covered until the new payment arrangements are introduced.

It will take place overnight variously on the A282 on both approaches to the Crossing, the M25 both directions between junction 29 and junction 3, the A13 both directions approaching junction 30, and the M20 westbound between junctions 3 and 1.

On the A1306 both directions approaching junction 31, the A2 both directions approaching junction 2, the eastbound Bob Dunn Way in Dartford, and the southbound Crossways Boulevard in Dartford, it will take place during off-peak daytime hours.

The vast majority of the construction work taking place before Dart Charge is introduced from October will be carried out overnight, with minimal impact on road users.

The main construction work will take place after October when the existing payment booths will be removed and the road layout changed. This work will be completed by Spring 2015.

More information about Dart Charge can be found by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dart-charge-dartford-crossing-remote-payment

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6:36pm Tue 22 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

Pmsl, getting rid of tangiable fiat privately printed illusion and making it digital, AGENDA 21.
Pmsl, getting rid of tangiable fiat privately printed illusion and making it digital, AGENDA 21. white rabbit9
  • Score: -15

10:59pm Tue 22 Apr 14

mainman says...

half the toll is to pay for collecting the toll !!
half the toll is to pay for collecting the toll !! mainman
  • Score: 3

11:29pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Harold_Monk says...

and the new toll prices will be?.....
and the new toll prices will be?..... Harold_Monk
  • Score: 7

11:40pm Tue 22 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Should do as promised in the first place - get rid of toll charges altogether. The Bridge had well paid for itself now, time to rid the motorist of this fraudulent tax.
Should do as promised in the first place - get rid of toll charges altogether. The Bridge had well paid for itself now, time to rid the motorist of this fraudulent tax. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -5

9:33am Wed 23 Apr 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

Use Blackwall instead - I would rather spend £2 in extra petrol and pay some tax to UK than give it to the French owners of the bridge.

Thanks Blair and Brown for a broken promise of free crossings.
Use Blackwall instead - I would rather spend £2 in extra petrol and pay some tax to UK than give it to the French owners of the bridge. Thanks Blair and Brown for a broken promise of free crossings. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 13

10:02am Wed 23 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Should do as promised in the first place - get rid of toll charges altogether. The Bridge had well paid for itself now, time to rid the motorist of this fraudulent tax.
It's called INVESTORS! It's how our world works. Like a gigantic pyramid scheme. If there is money to do something where did that initial money come from in the first place? Our fiat monetary system is only 300 years old where there was hardly no money so where does all this money come from?
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Should do as promised in the first place - get rid of toll charges altogether. The Bridge had well paid for itself now, time to rid the motorist of this fraudulent tax.[/p][/quote]It's called INVESTORS! It's how our world works. Like a gigantic pyramid scheme. If there is money to do something where did that initial money come from in the first place? Our fiat monetary system is only 300 years old where there was hardly no money so where does all this money come from? white rabbit9
  • Score: -15

10:06am Wed 23 Apr 14

Hyper-Deactive says...

How many job losses will there be because of this ?

How fast will people now be driving over the bridge knowing they won't have to slow down at the other end ?

Will the price go down because there will be less over heads ?
How many job losses will there be because of this ? How fast will people now be driving over the bridge knowing they won't have to slow down at the other end ? Will the price go down because there will be less over heads ? Hyper-Deactive
  • Score: 3

11:44am Wed 23 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

Hyper-Deactive wrote:
How many job losses will there be because of this ?

How fast will people now be driving over the bridge knowing they won't have to slow down at the other end ?

Will the price go down because there will be less over heads ?
There are many over heads. I invested in this and so I want a return on my investment. I don't care how much you sheeple pay to cross the bridge I have invested in, I put money in to make a profit, I need another porsche to drive around in as I scratched the other one with my finger nail.

All corporations Including,

council tax

1. police
2. bins
3. ambulance
4. fire

Are all private organizations who run for profit. So why does your council tax keep going up? because the system is the same investors!!
[quote][p][bold]Hyper-Deactive[/bold] wrote: How many job losses will there be because of this ? How fast will people now be driving over the bridge knowing they won't have to slow down at the other end ? Will the price go down because there will be less over heads ?[/p][/quote]There are many over heads. I invested in this and so I want a return on my investment. I don't care how much you sheeple pay to cross the bridge I have invested in, I put money in to make a profit, I need another porsche to drive around in as I scratched the other one with my finger nail. All corporations Including, council tax 1. police 2. bins 3. ambulance 4. fire Are all private organizations who run for profit. So why does your council tax keep going up? because the system is the same investors!! white rabbit9
  • Score: -10

12:17pm Wed 23 Apr 14

PaulErith says...

The toll price is one issue, and I agree it's too much. However, removing the booths has got to be a good thing. So many people need to use that bridge and the congestion is always awful. Therefore, this will make many people's lives that little bit better. (Obviously not for those that will be made redundant by the changes, but it's a trade off I guess. There will be jobs created to administer the new system.)
The toll price is one issue, and I agree it's too much. However, removing the booths has got to be a good thing. So many people need to use that bridge and the congestion is always awful. Therefore, this will make many people's lives that little bit better. (Obviously not for those that will be made redundant by the changes, but it's a trade off I guess. There will be jobs created to administer the new system.) PaulErith
  • Score: 3

2:21pm Wed 23 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

PaulErith wrote:
The toll price is one issue, and I agree it's too much. However, removing the booths has got to be a good thing. So many people need to use that bridge and the congestion is always awful. Therefore, this will make many people's lives that little bit better. (Obviously not for those that will be made redundant by the changes, but it's a trade off I guess. There will be jobs created to administer the new system.)
Administrators......
pmsl..... that is all we are paying for, so here is an idea. let's not pay a toll and not employ administrators! Administrators need bosses who need managers ceo's and so the price will go up to feed these people at the top. lmfao.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: The toll price is one issue, and I agree it's too much. However, removing the booths has got to be a good thing. So many people need to use that bridge and the congestion is always awful. Therefore, this will make many people's lives that little bit better. (Obviously not for those that will be made redundant by the changes, but it's a trade off I guess. There will be jobs created to administer the new system.)[/p][/quote]Administrators...... pmsl..... that is all we are paying for, so here is an idea. let's not pay a toll and not employ administrators! Administrators need bosses who need managers ceo's and so the price will go up to feed these people at the top. lmfao. white rabbit9
  • Score: -15

4:08pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Its all woulda, coulda, shoulda. Bottom line if ya can't afford the toll don't use the crossing. Just get the F out the way of us who have to use it and pay for the privilege.

THAnK yOu
Its all woulda, coulda, shoulda. Bottom line if ya can't afford the toll don't use the crossing. Just get the F out the way of us who have to use it and pay for the privilege. THAnK yOu Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 10

10:12pm Wed 23 Apr 14

shadowedmyth says...

The Fozziest of Bears wrote:
Use Blackwall instead - I would rather spend £2 in extra petrol and pay some tax to UK than give it to the French owners of the bridge.

Thanks Blair and Brown for a broken promise of free crossings.
Gotta remember that the bridge needs maintaining, although the cost of building it has concluded, the ongoing costs of repair and maintenance are where the money be going. I hope that it isn't going into the pockets of some rich person.
[quote][p][bold]The Fozziest of Bears[/bold] wrote: Use Blackwall instead - I would rather spend £2 in extra petrol and pay some tax to UK than give it to the French owners of the bridge. Thanks Blair and Brown for a broken promise of free crossings.[/p][/quote]Gotta remember that the bridge needs maintaining, although the cost of building it has concluded, the ongoing costs of repair and maintenance are where the money [should] be going. I hope that it isn't going into the pockets of some rich person. shadowedmyth
  • Score: -1

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