Crossing toll discount extended

Crossing toll discount extended

The Government has announced plans to introduce an annual toll of £20 for both residents and businesses using a key River Thames crossing.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the move would assist small businesses that use the Dartford-Thurrock crossing in east London as it will apply to privately-registered vans for the first time.

Confirming the scheme during transport questions in the Commons, he said: "I am announcing important changes to the discount scheme which will help local people who use the Dartford-Thurrock crossingÉ

"From March 2014, those registered on the scheme will be able to make unlimited trips over the crossing for just £20 a year. For the first time, we will include privately registered vans, offering a welcome boost to small businesses."

The single cash charge for the crossing is £2 for a car and £2.50 for a two-axle goods vehicle, though it is free between 10pm and 6am.

Using an effectivejourney planner could help you avoid road tolls while navigating the roads of Britain, as well as steer you away from roadworks and lengthy delays.

Copyright Press Association 2013