Toll booths at Dartford Crossing demolished

Barriers pulled down at Dartford Crossing Credit: Highways Agency

The road to faster and smoother journeys at the Dartford Crossing, one of the UK’s busiest transport gateways, has started with the launch of Dart Charge.

An intensive weekend of roadworks saw the final cash payment at the crossing and the beginning of work to remove the payment booths. Dart Charge launched at 6am on Sunday as planned.

Work begins to remove tolls Credit: Highways Agency

Dart Charge is a new way to pay the Dartford Crossing road user charge, removing the need for drivers to stop at a barrier. Instead, drivers now pay online, by phone or post or at one of thousands of retail outlets nationwide. Payment can be made in advance or by midnight the day after crossing.

Dart Charge will change journeys at the Dartford Crossing for the better. It will speed up journeys and ease congestion, generating big returns for the economy. It gives drivers more flexibility about how and when they pay the Crossing Charge. And it is helping more people than ever save up to a third on every crossing by setting up a pre-pay account with us – as more than 200,000 people already have.

Nigel Gray, Highways Agency project director