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Dartford Tunnel: Fees and Charges

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the local discount scheme for residents living in the vicinity of the Dartford Crossing announced by his Department on 2 April 2007 following its consultation on changes to charges at the Dartford Crossing. (133223)

The Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing has brought huge benefits over the years. But surrounding communities have borne the brunt of the added pollution and congestion. The Department has registered the demand for local discounts expressed through the consultation exercise on the proposals set out in our document “Proposed Changes to Charges at The Dartford - Thurrock River Crossing”. I have accepted in principle that there is a case for local discounts, alongside the implementation of the other proposals in the consultation paper.

The Department will now be considering how discounts can be delivered in a way that is fair and protects the interests of both local people and taxpayers. We will be consulting on detailed proposals later in the year. In the meantime the current charging system will continue unchanged.

The local discount scheme does not alter our plans for discounts for anyone who chooses to use a ‘DART-Tag’. These drivers will be able to use the crossing for the current £1 cash charge regardless of where they live.