MP Welcomes Decision To Scrap Dartford Toll Increase

Image: Darren Meacher (TKM Entertainment Group). This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.Mark Reckless MP has welcomed the news that the proposed toll increase at the Dartford Crossing has been scrapped.

Speaking after the announcement by Mike Penning MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport,that the imminent toll increase for car users, which would have seen the cost for using the crossing rise from £1.50 to £2.00, was to be scrapped, Mark said:

“I would like to congratulate the government for listening and acting on the concerns of residents in Medway, Kent and Essex who regularly use the Dartford Crossing.

I, along with a number of other MPs here in Kent, particularly Gareth Johnson who has been a great local champion for the people of Dartford, made clear our objections to any further increase in charges and I believe, ultimately, the tolls should be removed altogether.

I know this will come as welcome news to many of my constituents, many of whom have no other option than to use the Dartford Crossing on a regular or even daily basis. The last Labour government had the option of scrapping the toll altogether, but instead chose to raise it. The decision by the coalition government to scrap the proposed further increase is a welcome step in the right direction.

I would also like to congratulate the Kent Messenger Group which ran a very effective campaign on this issue, and I am delighted that we have been successful.”



Filed under campaigns, conservatives, dartford crossing, kent county council, mark reckless, medway

2 responses to “MP Welcomes Decision To Scrap Dartford Toll Increase

  1. Dave Exton

    They should think themselves lucky. People from South Humberside now have to pay £3.00 each way every time they go to Hull to for medical treatment or to visit friends in hospital! (plus the hospital car park charge!) If only the Humber Bridge toll was £1.50!!

  2. Brian

    Does the Humber crossing charge cause a 6 mile queue on a regular basis ? It’s not the charge so much as the bloody extra 30 minutes plus added to the travel time!

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