Options for a new Thames crossing include a scheme that would pass through "environmentally sensitive areas" and cost up to £5 billion.
Concerns have been raised that plans for cameras to replace toll booths at the Dartford Crossing could leave motorists with huge fines.
Motorists will be fined £105 if they fail to pay tolls at the Dartford Crossing under plans revealed by the Highways Agency.
Newer technology and a change to the road layout should help reduce traffic congestion along the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing. The scheme will be launched during October 2014 and the following changes are planned: you'll be paying remotely rather than at the barrier as you cross.
You'll be able to pay in advance of crossing or before midnight the day after crossing. It'll be cheaper for those to have an account and crossing between 10pm and 6am will still be free.
This spring, the Highways Agency will be doing some advance construction work to prepare for the new remote paying system in October. After that, the crossing road layout will change and work is due to complete in the spring of 2015.
A discount scheme which lets residents make unlimited trips across the Dartford Crossing comes into force today. People already registered in the Local Residents' Discount Scheme will be able to make unlimited trips over the crossing for £20 a year.
Meanwhile free-flow tolls will be operating at the crossing in October. It's hoped the new barrier-less system will help ease congestion for commuters.
The start of the working week meant that traffic built up around the crossing from early this morning.
Video. Rush hour traffic was brought to a standstill last Friday evening as bomb hoax saw the Dartford Crossing closed. Drivers were stuck in their cars till almost midnight. Over the weekend a man was arrested and detained under the Mental Health Act.
A new charging scheme to ease congestion and improve traffic flow at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing will go ahead next year.
It follows two consultations which found overall support for new legislation for drivers who don't pay.
The free-flow technology will enable motorist to go through without stopping at the barriers.
The MP for Thurrock has met the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss plans for a new Thames crossing. Also on the agenda were improvements to the roads leading to the Dartford Crossing, and free-flow tolling.
The MP has repeated a call for local residents to get free passes for the bridge and tunnel.
The government has announced the start of consultations over building a new Thames Crossing. There are three options: Dartford, Swanscombe and a site near Gravesend. The cost could top £5 billion.
We speak to Roads Minister Stephen Hammond, Richard Knox-Johnston from CPRE Protect Kent, Cllr Bryan Sweetland from Kent County Council and Natalie Chapman from the Freight Transport Association.
The Government has today begun consulting on a second Dartford Crossing. The options are:
(1) at the site of the existing A282 Dartford-Thurrock crossing;
(2) connecting the A2 Swanscombe Peninsula with the A1089 in Essex; o
(3) linking the M2 with the A13 and the M25 between junctions 29 and 30.
The Freight Transport Association says it's long overdue but environmentalists say they're not convinced it's needed.
The operator stayed on the phone with the man to reassure him until a patrol located his car - and drove the vehicle through the tunnel with him as a passenger, before sending him on his way. He was too scared to drive through the Dartford crossing.
Inspector Paul Sellwood, of the Kent Police roads policing unit, said: "This incident shows how seriously we take all calls we receive from members of the public."