Dartford tolls suspended - in rush hours

* Six-month trial begins today * Suspension of charges during congested times * Increase in tolls planned...

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Emma Butcher
01 July 2011

Dartford tolls suspended - in rush hours

Congestion at the Dartford Crossing could be cut from today, with start of a new Government-backed trial.

The six-month experiment will result in the suspension of tolls at times of severe congestion.

Not all good news
Car drivers also face toll increases of up to 66% as the Government seeks to raise the 1.7 billion needed to fund extra crossing capacity.

It wants to raise the cost of crossing from the current 1.50 to 2 by the end of 2011 and to 2.50 in 2012.

The Dart-Tag fee will rise from 1 to 1.33 in 2011 and 1.67 in 2012.

Other measures to improve the flow of traffic will include the use of automatic numberplate recognition for pre-paying users from 2013.

More than 50 million vehicles use the crossing each year an average of 137,000 per day. It was designed with a capacity of 135,000 vehicles per day.