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Dartford Tunnel: Tolls

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what factors she took into account in deciding the level of discount to local residents for Dartford Crossing tolls. (203572)

Final decisions have not yet been taken on discounts from Dartford Crossing charges for local residents. Our proposals are currently out to consultation, and the rationale for our proposals is described in the consultation document.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role her Department has in setting toll charges for (a) the Mersey Tunnel and (b) the Dartford Crossing. (203574)

The Mersey Tunnels are not directly a matter for central Government. The Mersey Tunnels Act allows Merseytravel to increase tolls based on a Retail Price Index formula. Charges at Dartford are established by Order of the Secretary of State in exercise of powers conferred by the Transport Act 2000.