The Dartford - Thurrock River Crossing
Suspension of the Charge Protocol
The Suspension of the Charge Protocol was trialled for six months from July 1 2011 and sets out the conditions which have to exist for a senior HA official to consider whether the Dartford Crossing charge can be suspended on a case by case basis. The conditions are that there has been or is likely to be an emergency situation; where continuous queues of stationary or slow moving traffic travelling under 10 mph extend back — or have the potential to extend back — to the junctions 4 or 28 of the M25 or beyond; and where the suspension of the charge would ease the congestion and assist in managing the emergency situation.
The link below describes the operational arrangements in greater detail that need to exist for a senior HA official to consider whether on a case by case emergency basis to suspend the road user charge at the Dartford — Thurrock Crossing.
Now that the trial has ended, the current suspension criteria will continue until free flow charging is introduced at the crossing, expected to be in Autumn 2014.
Protocol for operating the A282 Dartford — Thurrock River Crossing during periods of strong winds
This Protocol is to ensure the users of the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Bridge are protected against an accident caused by high winds on this high exposed structure.
Current Charges to use the crossing
Day Charges: 06:00 — 22:00 Night Charges: 22:00 — 06:00 Cash DART-Tag Cash DART-Tag Motorcycles Free Free Free Free Cars £2.00 £1.33 Free Free 2 Axle Goods £2.50 £2.19 Free Free Multi-axle Goods £5.00 £4.33 Free Free
- No credit card, debit card or cheque payment accepted
- No receipt given at booth
- Exempt from charge if your vehicle is exempt from paying Vehicle Excise Tax on the grounds of disability
- Local residents discount scheme
- Regular users can benefit from a DART-tag
Please ensure you have the correct change available.
DART-Tag — the Dartford Crossing pre-payment system. Please visit http://www.dart-tag.co.uk/ for more information about applying for the Local Resident, Exemption and DART-Tag schemes.
With effect from January 2010 the Dartford tunnels are classed as Category C under the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).
For further details of abnormal load charges please see the Charging Schedule
Dartford Free-Flow Charging Project
The Dartford — Thurrock River Crossing is one of Europe’s most heavily used crossings and complex traffic management systems. Spanning the Thames between Dartford and Thurrock, the Crossing forms a vital link in the M25, Britain’s most important orbital road.
The Crossing is comprised of two dual-lane tunnels carrying traffic to the north and a four-lane cable-stayed bridge carrying traffic to the south.
From 13 September 2009 Connect Plus are responsible for the day to day operations of the Crossing on behalf of the Agency, as part of a new contract for the whole of the M25.