Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

Transport written question – answered on 15th November 2011.

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Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price Conservative, Thurrock

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of the proposed increase in tolls at the Dartford crossing on traffic volume using the (a) Blackwall tunnel, (b) Rotherhithe tunnel and (c) Woolwich ferry.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The Department for Transport has not undertaken a specific assessment of the effects on traffic volumes at Blackwall tunnel, Rotherhithe tunnel or the Woolwich ferry from increased charges at the Dartford-Thurrock river crossing.

The Department published in June 2011, alongside its consultation document on revisions to the road user charging regime, an assessment of the impacts of its proposals. This recognised that roads to which traffic diverts would be more congested.

The Department intends to revise its assessment of the impacts of its proposals following the recent completion of the consultation process and consideration of the responses made to it.

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