Sunday, 11 January 2015

Highways Agency takes next steps in £1million scheme to inform motorists about free-flow tolling . . .

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Highways Agency takes next steps in £1million scheme to inform motorists about free-flow tolling

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http://www.braintreeandwithamtimes.co.uk/news/south_essex_news/11587956.Highways_Agency_takes_next_steps_in___1million_scheme_to_inform_motorists_about_free_flow_tolling/


Highways Agency takes next steps in £1million scheme to inform motorists about free-flow tolling

THE Highways Agency has launched new advertising to inform drivers about the introduction of free-flow tolling at the Dartford Crossing and what they need to do.

This is part of a long-term £1.1million campaign to support the changes and has already included over five million leaflets sent to drivers within 50 miles of the Crossing.

The new payment arrangements - known as Dart Charge - will help reduce congestion and ease traffic flow at the Crossing as drivers will no longer stop to pay at the barriers.

Payment can be made online, by phone, by post or at one of thousands of payzone retail outlets.

But motorists will also have to fork out more to use the crossing, as charges increase.

From 6am on Sunday 30 November drivers will have more flexibility about when and how they pay the charge, paying either in advance or by midnight the day after crossing. Payment can be made online, by phone, by post or at one of thousands of payzone retail outlets.

The last cash payment will be taken at the Crossing around 10pm on Saturday 29 November.

Nigel Gray, Highways Agency project manager, said: "We know we have got to do everything possible to ensure that everyone that uses the Crossing is aware of the changes coming in on Sunday 30 November. We are investing in a campaign to encourage drivers to be prepared for the changes and I would advise anyone who uses the Crossing, whether regularly or not, to make sure they are ready."

Drivers can set up their pre-pay account, which is the cheapest and easiest way to pay the Crossing charge, via the website www.gov.uk/dart-charge.

The Highways Agency will be contacting existing DART-Tag customers to explain how to transfer to a new Dart Charge account and continue to get discounts on crossings.

The charge to use the Crossing will also increase from Sunday November 30. For motorists in cars, the "pay as you go" charge will be £2.50, up from £2 and £1.67 for motorists with a pre-pay account.

For two-axle vehicles, the charge will be £3 "pay as you go", up from £2.50 and for HGVs, the price will be £6, up from £5. But there are significant discounts to be had by setting up a pre-pay account.

The crossing will remain free between 10pm and 6am and the Local Residents’ Discount Scheme will remain in place.

Work to remove the payment booths and introduce a new road layout will begin at the end of November to coincide with Dart Charge launching and will be substantially completed by the end of April 2015, which is when drivers will feel the full benefits of the improvements. All road works are being planned to minimise disruption.




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