Essex councillor calls for Dartford tolls to be scrapped

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Essex councillor calls for Dartford tolls to be scrapped
Essex Councillor Rodney Bass blamed the toll booths on the crossing for the traffic congestion in the Dartford area

Cabinet Member for Highways & Transportation at Essex County Council Cllr Rodney Bass has called on the DfT to stop charging drivers to use existing Dartford crossings if it is serious about cutting congestion in the area.

He said the notorious tolls are the main cause of traffic delays: “The DfT is considering options for a third Thames crossing to cut congestion, but at the moment, the biggest causes 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 southeast of England.”