No toll increase yet at Dartford

Motorists will be relieved after the Government announced there will be no increase in the Dartford toll either now or in April next year.

Roads minister Mike Penning said the planned double increase on the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing will not go ahead until after next April.

A three-month consultation on proposals to change the charging regime at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing was launched by the Department for Transport at the end of June.

A raise in charges was planned for November 2011 and again in April 2012.

Mr Penning said a final decision on the timing of future rises and a full response to the consultation will be announced in early 2012.

He said: "I am pleased with the number of responses received and the level of engagement from local communities."

Being a strategic road network, the Crossing spans the River Thames between Dartford and Thurrock, forming a trunk road link in the M25 around London. It consists of two tunnels carrying traffic to the north, and a cable stayed bridge to take vehicles to the south.

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