Dartford Crossing: Revenue

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at on 2 May 2019.

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Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Before 31 March 2003, tolls from the Dartford crossing financed the construction of the QE2 bridge, paid down pre-existing debts, and provided a future maintenance fund. After 1 April 2003, a charging scheme to manage demand was introduced at the crossing, reflecting research suggesting that if the tolls were lifted, demand would be 17% higher and congestion would worsen accordingly. To respond directly to the hon. Lady’s question, the user charges have raised a net income of £669 million in the period 2003-14 to 2017-18, which has been reinvested in transport.