Campaign to scrap Dartford Crossing tolls gathers pace

Echo: Campaign to scrap Dartford Crossing tolls gathers pace Campaign to scrap Dartford Crossing tolls gathers pace

BUSINESSES and families have rallied behind a campaign to remove the tolls at the Dartford Crossing and prevent another crossing being built.

Support for the campaign by the Echo’s sister paper, the Thurrock Gazette, has swelled since it was launched two weeks ago, urging officials to abandon proposals to increase the charges.

Hundreds of residents and businesses across south Essex have added their frustration about problems on the crossing and the impact a third crossing could have in Thurrock.

More than 700 people have added their name to the petition, which will be handed into Westminster by Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price at the end of next month.

The consensus among many agree the tolls should be removed completely and concerns have been raised about the increase in congestion, noise and pollution if a third proposed crossing was built through the borough.

Keith Brown, development manager for the Essex Federation of Small Businesses, said: “We welcome the Gazette’s campaign for the removal of the tolls plaza and would encourage members to support the petition.

“This is so Jackie Doyle-Price can demonstrate the strength of feeling that exists in the local community about the delays these tolls cause to local businesses.”

A Government consultation proposes two price hikes at the tolls from £1.50 to £2 later this year and £2.50 next year.

The bridge was opened in October 1991 to ease traffic through the tunnels, which regularly exceeded maximum capacity.

Rob Holliman, managing director of Youngs Transport, from Purfleet, said the company regularly pays around £1,500 per week to use the crossing.

He said: “It is theft. I don’t know how many times we have to pay for the crossing and it is a big part of the reason for the congestion.

“If the tolls are removed it would be easier for motorists and businesses.”

Resident John Pope added: “The increase in the toll is totally unjustified.

“We were told once the bridge had been paid for, the toll would stop. The reason for congestion at the crossing is having to stop to pay the toll.”

To add your support to the campaign, visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/gazettepetition

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7:08am Fri 26 Aug 11

arram says...

did you truly believe that once the bridge was built you would not have to pay to cross....oh what childish thinking....with so much money coming in and going somewhere...why should it stop...I am sure that any company paying a daily sum to go each way, will no doubt pass this to the consumer..
did you truly believe that once the bridge was built you would not have to pay to cross....oh what childish thinking....with so much money coming in and going somewhere...why should it stop...I am sure that any company paying a daily sum to go each way, will no doubt pass this to the consumer.. arram

7:15am Fri 26 Aug 11

shallotman says...

Best campaign it to pick a date ,then refuse to pay. Within an hour, the M25 will be at a standstill. Stansted & Heathrow will grind to a halt.
Best campaign it to pick a date ,then refuse to pay. Within an hour, the M25 will be at a standstill. Stansted & Heathrow will grind to a halt. shallotman

7:29am Fri 26 Aug 11

el caballero de la noche says...

What a waste of time probably better to start a campaign trying to prevent the problem of 'Splash Back' caused by badly designed urinals.

As if anyone is going to stop taking taxes these days, someone has to pay for the 'chavs' to stay at home watching Sky TV.
What a waste of time probably better to start a campaign trying to prevent the problem of 'Splash Back' caused by badly designed urinals. As if anyone is going to stop taking taxes these days, someone has to pay for the 'chavs' to stay at home watching Sky TV. el caballero de la noche

8:46am Fri 26 Aug 11

r6keith says...

shallotman wrote:
Best campaign it to pick a date ,then refuse to pay. Within an hour, the M25 will be at a standstill. Stansted & Heathrow will grind to a halt.
With good ideas like that lets hope its on the day you have to try to get to Gatwick for go away for your well earned annual holiday...
[quote][p][bold]shallotman[/bold] wrote: Best campaign it to pick a date ,then refuse to pay. Within an hour, the M25 will be at a standstill. Stansted & Heathrow will grind to a halt.[/p][/quote]With good ideas like that lets hope its on the day you have to try to get to Gatwick for go away for your well earned annual holiday... r6keith

8:55am Fri 26 Aug 11

MarshallT says...

You cannot fight it. The rich WILL get richer and the poor will pay.
You cannot fight it. The rich WILL get richer and the poor will pay. MarshallT

9:28am Fri 26 Aug 11

EthanEdwards says...

This campaign (great idea as it is) is doomed to failure because. In 2009 LABOUR Lord Adonis GAVE the crossing to a private company for 30 YEARS. If any government seeks to take it back and make it free they will have to pay BILLIONS in compensation. Given that Labour 'spent all the money' (wasted most) I don't believe they can afford it.
But campaign on it's good to let these leeches know how angry we all alre.
This campaign (great idea as it is) is doomed to failure because. In 2009 LABOUR Lord Adonis GAVE the crossing to a private company for 30 YEARS. If any government seeks to take it back and make it free they will have to pay BILLIONS in compensation. Given that Labour 'spent all the money' (wasted most) I don't believe they can afford it. But campaign on it's good to let these leeches know how angry we all alre. EthanEdwards

10:37am Fri 26 Aug 11

geezer, innit says...

all go a few extra miles if you've got the twenty quid extra in fuel and the two hours extra to spare and further gridlock the Blackwall Tunnel instead, that'll teach 'em ........

(this post brought to you by the Tongue in Cheek Party)
all go a few extra miles if you've got the twenty quid extra in fuel and the two hours extra to spare and further gridlock the Blackwall Tunnel instead, that'll teach 'em ........ (this post brought to you by the Tongue in Cheek Party) geezer, innit

3:15pm Fri 26 Aug 11

Nebs says...

Pay with either a £50 note, or all in pennies.
Pay with either a £50 note, or all in pennies. Nebs

4:53pm Fri 26 Aug 11

Trainman says...

I DO BELIEVE THAT WHEN IT WAS FIRST OPENED, THEY WERE only GOING TO CHARGE UNTIL IT HAD PAID FOR IT, SO WHY THE NEED FOR YET MORE INCREASES IN TOLLS?
I DO BELIEVE THAT WHEN IT WAS FIRST OPENED, THEY WERE only GOING TO CHARGE UNTIL IT HAD PAID FOR IT, SO WHY THE NEED FOR YET MORE INCREASES IN TOLLS? Trainman

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