Two lanes closed due to strong winds on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise from A282 (Dartford River Crossing toll booths).All traffic is using one tunnel due to the closure of the QE2 Bridge.
Every day thousands of motorists use either the Queen Elizabeth the 2nd bridge or the Dartford tunnel to get to and from Essex to Kent.
But from this weekend, there's going to be a big rise in toll charges. And there'll be another in two years time to help fund a £500m scheme to remove the tolls - increases that have been criticised by local haulage companies. Malcolm Robertson reports.
From Sunday, motorists using the Dartford crossing between Essex and Kent face increases in the toll charges.
They'll be going up by more than 30% - and a further rise is planned in two years time.
It's to pay for an estimated £500m scheme that'll do away with the toll booths. Inevitably, these increases are proving unpopular - as Malcolm Robertson reports.
Charges are to be changed for the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing in a move the Government say will reduce congestion and improve journey times.
From October it'll cost an extra 50p if you pay by cash and travel by car. Those using the dart-tag charge will also see an increase - but not as much - from £1.00 to £1.33.
– Roads Minister Mike Penning MP
The Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing is a vital piece of transport infrastructure that has brought huge economic benefits to the country. But currently it can’t meet the growing demands of drivers so we need to plan properly for the longer term.
The government say free-flow charging will help traffic to flow faster. It should be introduced by Autumn 2014.
The Roads Minister's plans include:
- A full review of the Local Residents' Discount Scheme
- The option for a new Lower Thames crossing
- Commitment to introducing free-flow charging