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Roads: Dartford Crossing

Volume 689: debated on Monday 5 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What estimates they have made of the amount that the Dartford Crossing annually costs the economies of (a) Essex; (b) Kent; (c) London; and (d) the south-east of England. [HL1687]

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Department for Transport has undertaken or commissioned any work regarding the possibility of abolishing tolls on the Dartford Crossing; and, if so, what were the findings of this work. [HL1688]

Chapter 3 of the consultation document Proposed Changes to Charges at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing (December 2006) refers to research published in August 2001 by Brown and Root which suggested that use of the crossing would grow more rapidly than the increases forecast at the time if there were no charge at the crossing.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many accidents have occurred on the approach to the bridge and tunnel sections of the Dartford Crossing since their respective openings. [HL1690]