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.”