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DARTFORD TOLLS TO BE REMOVED BY OCTOBER 2014
..but you still have to pay!

The toll booths at the Dartford Crossing will be taken down by October next year to ease congestion, it has been confirmed by the Government. However, the toll will not only remain but will increase from £2 to £2.50 for a standard crossing!

Motorists will have the option to pay by either phone, text message, online or at some shops instead of stopping at the tolls to hand over money. Users will have up to midnight the following day to pay the standard charge.

The penalty charge for nonpayment will be £70, with a reduced rate of £35 if paid within 14 days. If the penalty is not paid within 28 days, it would increase to £105.

Long term critic of the toll and author of 'Scrap the Toll' campaign, Cllr Clarence Barrett, said: "While the removal of the physical tolls will undoubtedly relieve congestion and is welcome, the toll charge itself should also be removed.

"It seems incredibly ironic that the government are now removing the tolls to ease congestion when, for many years, they said the tolls were needed to control congestion.

"Last year I proposed that the crossing be renamed 'Dick Turpin Way', it now seems that Highway Robbery has entered the digitalised age as Dick Turpin will become the virtual Highwayman!"

28.7.13

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