Fury as Dartford Crossing tolls stay in place despite more chaos on M25

Basildon Recorder: Fury as Dartford Crossing tolls stay in place despite more chaos on M25 Fury as Dartford Crossing tolls stay in place despite more chaos on M25

DRIVERS were left fuming because tolls at the Dartford Crossing were not lifted, despite tailbacks for more than three hours after a rush-hour crash.

All lanes from Essex to Kent were closed on Monday after a van and motorbike collided on the QE2 bridge at about 6pm – meaning motorists were left stranded in sizzling heat.

The accident caused long delays on the London-bound A13 between Tilbury and Lakeside, as well as on the clockwise M25.

But the tolls were not lifted to clear the backlog.

Traffic on the Kent side also stretched for miles when one of the tunnels was used for southbound traffic that would normally use the bridge.

Jackie Doyle-Price, MP for Thurrock, said: “The driving conditions caused misery for drivers and it adds insult to injury when drivers are still required to pay a toll to cross when some had been sitting in queues for up to three hours. It is a queue tax, nothing more.”

One driver said: “To sit in miles and miles of tailbacks and then see the tolls still in operation and adding to the misery is beyond madness.

“I told the toll operator I thought it was crazy and he agreed. I moved a mile in one hour and yet the tolls were still in operation – it’s just greed.”

TheHighways Agency suspends charges at the crossing when traffic reaches back to Junction 28 of the M25, the turn-off for the A12, and is travelling at less than 10mph.

Spokesman Andrew Broughton said: “The criteria set out have been approved by ministers.

“Traffic is always monitored, and if the target point is reached, the tolls are opened and charges suspended straight away.

“We sometimes get stop-and-start traffic, such as on Monday, when pockets were moving.”

The latest hold-up came as fears were raised that plans to introduce a cashless toll system could cost millions in unpaid charges.

Barriers are set to be removed from October next year and motorists will be charged through number-plate recognition cameras.

Natalie Chapman, of the Freight Transport Association, said a similar system used for the London congestion charge was already causing problems with unpaid fees.

She said: “I think the situation is going to be far worse for the Highways Agency, potentially, given the very high volumes of foreign-registered vehicles using its networks.”

The Highways Agency said it was working on systems to detect foreign vehicles and a European debt recovery agency could be used

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3:25pm Thu 11 Jul 13

southend_Dave says...

Regarding making them toll-less

"She said: “I think the situation is going to be far worse for the Highways Agency, potentially, given the very high volumes of foreign-registered vehicles using its networks.”"


Boo hoo. Lets put motorists first for a change.

Removing the tolls will reduce misery for thousands of people, the Highways Agency need to find a way to deal with it rather than sticking with the easy option and leaving the country's biggest bottleneck as it is.
Regarding making them toll-less "She said: “I think the situation is going to be far worse for the Highways Agency, potentially, given the very high volumes of foreign-registered vehicles using its networks.”" Boo hoo. Lets put motorists first for a change. Removing the tolls will reduce misery for thousands of people, the Highways Agency need to find a way to deal with it rather than sticking with the easy option and leaving the country's biggest bottleneck as it is. southend_Dave
  • Score: 5

5:08pm Thu 11 Jul 13

Howard Chase says...

they'll never remove these tolls, it's too much lovely lovely lolly for them to miss out on.
they'll never remove these tolls, it's too much lovely lovely lolly for them to miss out on. Howard Chase
  • Score: 2

6:00pm Thu 11 Jul 13

Lordmountfield says...

Everyone has the option, use it or don't
If you chose to use it, pay up and shut up.
Everyone has the option, use it or don't If you chose to use it, pay up and shut up. Lordmountfield
  • Score: -2

7:05pm Thu 11 Jul 13

Oldandbald says...

Lordmountfield wrote:
Everyone has the option, use it or don't
If you chose to use it, pay up and shut up.
We all pay enough allready in road tax and fuel duty this is just another way to rob the people who have no option and have to use it.
[quote][p][bold]Lordmountfield[/bold] wrote: Everyone has the option, use it or don't If you chose to use it, pay up and shut up.[/p][/quote]We all pay enough allready in road tax and fuel duty this is just another way to rob the people who have no option and have to use it. Oldandbald
  • Score: 1

7:44pm Thu 11 Jul 13

Nebs says...

Charge everyone £2 to cross London Bridge or Westminster Bridge, or any bridge across the Thames. Why pick on just one bridge.
Charge everyone £2 to cross London Bridge or Westminster Bridge, or any bridge across the Thames. Why pick on just one bridge. Nebs
  • Score: 3

9:23pm Thu 11 Jul 13

Kim Gandy says...

er why should we pay at all? This was supposed to have been paid for years ago and must have paid for itself several times over. We pay road tax anyway.

This is yet another stealth tax levied by some faceless organisation made up of a small consortium who are no doubt raking it in and lolling on a yacht in the Bahamas as we speak.
er why should we pay at all? This was supposed to have been paid for years ago and must have paid for itself several times over. We pay road tax anyway. This is yet another stealth tax levied by some faceless organisation made up of a small consortium who are no doubt raking it in and lolling on a yacht in the Bahamas as we speak. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

10:12pm Thu 11 Jul 13

Lordmountfield says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
er why should we pay at all? This was supposed to have been paid for years ago and must have paid for itself several times over. We pay road tax anyway.

This is yet another stealth tax levied by some faceless organisation made up of a small consortium who are no doubt raking it in and lolling on a yacht in the Bahamas as we speak.
Get back to your sink Woman, and leave the this to the Men.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: er why should we pay at all? This was supposed to have been paid for years ago and must have paid for itself several times over. We pay road tax anyway. This is yet another stealth tax levied by some faceless organisation made up of a small consortium who are no doubt raking it in and lolling on a yacht in the Bahamas as we speak.[/p][/quote]Get back to your sink Woman, and leave the this to the Men. Lordmountfield
  • Score: -1

7:11am Fri 12 Jul 13

whateverhappened says...

Lordmountfield wrote:
Everyone has the option, use it or don't If you chose to use it, pay up and shut up.
Quite right i for one would like to see every 40 tonne truck make the desicion not to pay and instead drive up the a13 /a2 and use blackwall, rotherhide and tower bridge.. might concentrate a few minds in london.
[quote][p][bold]Lordmountfield[/bold] wrote: Everyone has the option, use it or don't If you chose to use it, pay up and shut up.[/p][/quote]Quite right i for one would like to see every 40 tonne truck make the desicion not to pay and instead drive up the a13 /a2 and use blackwall, rotherhide and tower bridge.. might concentrate a few minds in london. whateverhappened
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Fri 12 Jul 13

Lordmountfield says...

whateverhappened wrote:
Lordmountfield wrote:
Everyone has the option, use it or don't If you chose to use it, pay up and shut up.
Quite right i for one would like to see every 40 tonne truck make the desicion not to pay and instead drive up the a13 /a2 and use blackwall, rotherhide and tower bridge.. might concentrate a few minds in london.
Don't forget the congestion charges, they're higher than the bridge tolls....
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lordmountfield[/bold] wrote: Everyone has the option, use it or don't If you chose to use it, pay up and shut up.[/p][/quote]Quite right i for one would like to see every 40 tonne truck make the desicion not to pay and instead drive up the a13 /a2 and use blackwall, rotherhide and tower bridge.. might concentrate a few minds in london.[/p][/quote]Don't forget the congestion charges, they're higher than the bridge tolls.... Lordmountfield
  • Score: 0

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