Essex highways boss: Dartford Crossing tolls should be scrapped

The Department of Transport should stop charging drivers to use existing Dartford crossings if it is serious about cutting traffic congestion in the area. That’s the message from Essex’s highways boss Rodney Bass.

Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times, cabinet member for highways and transportation at Essex County Council, councillor Rodney Bass said: “The Department of Transport has said it is considering options for a third Thames crossing to cut congestion. But, at the moment, the biggest cause of congestion are the toll booths.

“The County Council is therefore calling for tolls at the existing crossing point to be removed with immediate effect. This will allow the motorway to flow freely, and to fulfil its existing function as a national distributor of business and domestic traffic, crucial to the prosperity of Essex and the south-east of England.

He added: “At the very least they should only place the toll booths in one direction, like they do when you cross over into Wales, working on the basis that you will come back at some point.”

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