New technology that will replace the country's most notorious toll booths, at Dartford, has been exclusively revealed to ITV News. The company who will operate the scheme insist traffic jams will be cut but critics say the tolls are a waste of money. See our full report by Mike Pearse.
Video. Work has started on a new layout for the Dartford Crossing.
The company running it says it will be similar to a scheme on the M50 in Dublin where cameras read number plates and automatically charge drivers.
We spoke to Simon McBeth, Sanef Director of Communications.
Work on a new layout for the Dartford Crossing begins today.
Barriers are being removed as a new payment system will be introduced in October 2014.
Drivers will pay online, by phone, text or at one of numerous retail outlets instead of stopping at the barriers.
The new payment method will ease congestion and traffic at the Crossing.
Signs will also be installed to help drivers understand the new system.
Nigel Gray, Highways Agency Project Director said, "This advance work has been carefully planned to minimise disruption to road users and so will largely be carried out overnight when traffic flows are lowest."