Work on the free flow tolling system at the Dartford Crossing set to start this evening

Basildon Recorder: Free flow work starts tonight Free flow work starts tonight

Drivers are reminded advance construction work starts tonight, Tuesday, April 22, ahead of a new scheme aimed at improving journeys at the Dartford Crossing.

Dart Charge – a 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.

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, 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.

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5:57pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

How stupid. Doing road works for signage. More disruption. As if that bridge hasn't already got enough. I agree its the best place to advertise about the future plans about the bridge, on the bridge, but another good place to advertise it is through papers, news, and internet. People will soon get the message. It's 2014, not 1914.
How stupid. Doing road works for signage. More disruption. As if that bridge hasn't already got enough. I agree its the best place to advertise about the future plans about the bridge, on the bridge, but another good place to advertise it is through papers, news, and internet. People will soon get the message. It's 2014, not 1914. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: 2

5:58pm Tue 22 Apr 14

depotman says...

wonder who will pay for this oh yes the toll will go up so the motorist thought it was meant to be free some years back
wonder who will pay for this oh yes the toll will go up so the motorist thought it was meant to be free some years back depotman
  • Score: 21

6:29pm Tue 22 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
How stupid. Doing road works for signage. More disruption. As if that bridge hasn't already got enough. I agree its the best place to advertise about the future plans about the bridge, on the bridge, but another good place to advertise it is through papers, news, and internet. People will soon get the message. It's 2014, not 1914.
Go round, use the Blackwall tunnel..
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: How stupid. Doing road works for signage. More disruption. As if that bridge hasn't already got enough. I agree its the best place to advertise about the future plans about the bridge, on the bridge, but another good place to advertise it is through papers, news, and internet. People will soon get the message. It's 2014, not 1914.[/p][/quote]Go round, use the Blackwall tunnel.. sesibollox
  • Score: 3

8:57pm Tue 22 Apr 14

jolllyboy says...

Not everyone has a computer, not everyone can afford a daily paper - or bothers, and if you dont have a mobile and you are a stranger to the area then what? signage wont help you then and you will hold up the traffic !
Not everyone has a computer, not everyone can afford a daily paper - or bothers, and if you dont have a mobile and you are a stranger to the area then what? signage wont help you then and you will hold up the traffic ! jolllyboy
  • Score: 6

9:23pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

Why is not free?
Why is not free? Jack222
  • Score: 11

9:42pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Father Jack Hackett says...

sesibollox wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
How stupid. Doing road works for signage. More disruption. As if that bridge hasn't already got enough. I agree its the best place to advertise about the future plans about the bridge, on the bridge, but another good place to advertise it is through papers, news, and internet. People will soon get the message. It's 2014, not 1914.
Go round, use the Blackwall tunnel..
Why don't they have to pay to go through the Blackwall Tunnel. It often has far worse congestion than Dartford.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: How stupid. Doing road works for signage. More disruption. As if that bridge hasn't already got enough. I agree its the best place to advertise about the future plans about the bridge, on the bridge, but another good place to advertise it is through papers, news, and internet. People will soon get the message. It's 2014, not 1914.[/p][/quote]Go round, use the Blackwall tunnel..[/p][/quote]Why don't they have to pay to go through the Blackwall Tunnel. It often has far worse congestion than Dartford. Father Jack Hackett
  • Score: 1

7:48am Wed 23 Apr 14

angryofessex says...

Jack222 wrote:
Why is not free?
It was stated on TV last night that over half the cost of the ‘congestion charge’ will be eaten up by administration and collection. However once over the bridge, you can reach the traffic jam at junction 5 a bit earlier.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Why is not free?[/p][/quote]It was stated on TV last night that over half the cost of the ‘congestion charge’ will be eaten up by administration and collection. However once over the bridge, you can reach the traffic jam at junction 5 a bit earlier. angryofessex
  • Score: 5

7:56am Wed 23 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

Jack222 wrote:
Why is not free?
because there's a ton of cash to made from it......
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Why is not free?[/p][/quote]because there's a ton of cash to made from it...... pembury53
  • Score: 5

10:03am Wed 23 Apr 14

Father Jack Hackett says...

pembury53 wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Why is not free?
because there's a ton of cash to made from it......
Other river crossings are free, there is potential to make a ton of cash from them too, but the government has chosen not to.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Why is not free?[/p][/quote]because there's a ton of cash to made from it......[/p][/quote]Other river crossings are free, there is potential to make a ton of cash from them too, but the government has chosen not to. Father Jack Hackett
  • Score: 2

10:31am Wed 23 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

Father Jack Hackett wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Jack222 wrote: Why is not free?
because there's a ton of cash to made from it......
Other river crossings are free, there is potential to make a ton of cash from them too, but the government has chosen not to.
there not free when run by a private consortium, as is the case with dartford.... the promise was a free crossing, after a time, but the 'toll' was cynically changed to a 'charge' under legislation bought in to 'combat congestion' ..... I bet that was a chuckle, over a round of golf.....
[quote][p][bold]Father Jack Hackett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Why is not free?[/p][/quote]because there's a ton of cash to made from it......[/p][/quote]Other river crossings are free, there is potential to make a ton of cash from them too, but the government has chosen not to.[/p][/quote]there not free when run by a private consortium, as is the case with dartford.... the promise was a free crossing, after a time, but the 'toll' was cynically changed to a 'charge' under legislation bought in to 'combat congestion' ..... I bet that was a chuckle, over a round of golf..... pembury53
  • Score: 9

1:16pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Not everyone has a computer, not everyone can afford a daily paper - or bothers, and if you dont have a mobile and you are a stranger to the area then what? signage wont help you then and you will hold up the traffic !
Then you shouldn't be on the road, makes more room for the intelligent...
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Not everyone has a computer, not everyone can afford a daily paper - or bothers, and if you dont have a mobile and you are a stranger to the area then what? signage wont help you then and you will hold up the traffic ![/p][/quote]Then you shouldn't be on the road, makes more room for the intelligent... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -6

2:35pm Wed 23 Apr 14

The Hog says...

I don't drive so not really that fussed about it..local garages must be so happy,all those cars burning petrol but going nowhere.
I don't drive so not really that fussed about it..local garages must be so happy,all those cars burning petrol but going nowhere. The Hog
  • Score: -1

5:30pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Not everyone has a computer, not everyone can afford a daily paper - or bothers, and if you dont have a mobile and you are a stranger to the area then what? signage wont help you then and you will hold up the traffic !
Get with it GrandDad!
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Not everyone has a computer, not everyone can afford a daily paper - or bothers, and if you dont have a mobile and you are a stranger to the area then what? signage wont help you then and you will hold up the traffic ![/p][/quote]Get with it GrandDad! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -2

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