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Work underway to remove toll booths at Dartford Crossing

Work to remove toll booths at the Dartford Crossing has begun, in preparation for the launch of its new payment scheme.

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Work to remove toll booths starts at Dartford Crossing

Work begins today to remove toll booths at the Dartford Crossing in preparation for the launch of its new payment scheme. "Dart Charge" will see the end of cash payments and aims to reduce traffic.

It means the barriers will be scrapped and drivers will pay the charge by phone, post or online.

The roadworks will continue until spring 2015 when drivers will feel the full benefit of the changes through quicker journey times.

Until then drivers can expect some delays but all work is being planned to minimise disruption. During construction temporary speed limits and road layouts will be in use so drivers should follow instructions on road signs.

Work is underway to remove the toll booths at the Dartford Crossing Credit: Highways Agency

"The payment booths have been part of the Dartford landscape since 1963 but they contribute to congestion and cause delays. That's why they are being removed and we are introducing a new payment system called Dart Charge. From 30 November drivers will no longer pay at the booths. Instead they will pay in advance or by midnight the day after crossing, helping to speed up journeys."

– Highways Agency project director Nigel Gray

"Initially, we'll work to demolish the southbound booths and drivers should see the benefits travelling over the QEII Bridge after the first weekend of demolition. On the northbound side, the works will take longer to complete because we need to construct a new tunnel safety system.

"During this time, road users will still need to travel through the existing barriers, but they won't be able to stop and pay here anymore. The reason we need to keep the barriers at this stage is to stop over-sized or non-compliant vehicles from using the tunnel."

– Erwan Huerre, Connect Plus Services Transition Manager

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