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Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

Volume 486: debated on Monday 19 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will extend the boundary for exemption from the Dartford Crossing toll to residents of Billericay, Sevenoaks, Erith and Thamesmead, Gravesham, Bexleyheath and Castle Point. (248856)

The purpose of the charge at the Dartford crossing is to tackle congestion. The local discount areas of Dartford and Thurrock were established following a consultation process, and were the maximum that could be justified to enable us to maintain a kerb on increasing levels of traffic using the crossing. But we said that we would keep the local discount scheme under review. The scheme has been in operation for only two months and it is too early yet to review either its operation or eligibility.