DfT announce improved discount for Thurrock crossing users

RESIDENTS will be entitled to unlimited trips over the Dartford crossing for £20 per year, the Government has announced today.

Improvements to the Local Resident Discount Scheme mean those who regularly use the crossing will benefit, particularly those with privately owned vans, the Government claims.

Up to 4,000 Thurrock residents could benefit from the scheme but they must pre-register, with only one vehicle per resident at each address entitled to the discount.

The changes will come into effect from March 2014.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "Local businessmen and women use the Dartford crossing regularly to make deliveries into Essex and Kent. They are the backbone of British industry and that is why I am keen to find new ways we can make their lives cheaper and easier.

"At a cost of just over 5p a day we will help thousands of small businesses keep their costs down as well as saving money for those who currently belong to the residents’ discount scheme."

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price, who has worked to lobby the Government for free tolls said: "I am delighted that the Secretary of State has been persuaded to make these concessions.

"I am particularly pleased that the residents discount scheme will be extended to small vans.

"This will help a large number of Thurrock residents who require a van for their work. Regular users of the crossing will benefit from the option to pay £20 a year for unlimited crossings. I am proud to have delivered these changes which will benefit hard working people across Thurrock."

The Transport Secretary also announced that motorists registered on the Local Resident Discount Scheme will only have to send in their vehicle documentation every two-years, rather than annually.

The existing scheme - which allows motorists to pay £10 for 50 trips a year and 20p for each crossing thereafter - will continue, and existing users of the scheme will be eligible for the new way to pay.
 

 

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1:02pm Thu 12 Sep 13

Smiths says...

I think the crossing should pay towards some of our council tax as one thing happens and it can take over a hour to get home or to work as the traffic has nowhere to go.one crash a couple weeks ago see a ten min drive to j29 from London rd took me two hours and this is seeming to happen on a weekly now.
I think the crossing should pay towards some of our council tax as one thing happens and it can take over a hour to get home or to work as the traffic has nowhere to go.one crash a couple weeks ago see a ten min drive to j29 from London rd took me two hours and this is seeming to happen on a weekly now. Smiths

1:38pm Thu 12 Sep 13

Bernard 87 says...

This is very welcome news
This is very welcome news Bernard 87

4:07pm Thu 12 Sep 13

Marcus P says...

Thurrock should get a percentage of the crossings profits to compensate for congestion and pollution in the area.

I have work colleagues who didn't get in untill 1.00 am on Friday when the infernal thing was shut.
Thurrock should get a percentage of the crossings profits to compensate for congestion and pollution in the area. I have work colleagues who didn't get in untill 1.00 am on Friday when the infernal thing was shut. Marcus P

10:10pm Thu 12 Sep 13

TheHub says...

Why is this good news? It's currently £10 for 50. Should be optional the thieves!
Why is this good news? It's currently £10 for 50. Should be optional the thieves! TheHub

2:05am Fri 13 Sep 13

Smiths says...

Dick Turpin comes to mind
Dick Turpin comes to mind Smiths

12:07pm Fri 13 Sep 13

stuart695 says...

Be intersting to know what percentage of Thurrock and Dartford residents use the crossing regularly. Most people I know avoid it like the plague, only using it hafl a dozne times a year, Given the disruption and pollution the council should get a bulk payment in the millions of pounds to reduce council tax. How many of the big influx of people into Thurrocks new homes (eg Chafford) over last 10 years under Thames Gateway devpt plans were made aware their home values and lifestyle might be decimated by a further Thames crossing? Reduced council tax might help placate this.
Be intersting to know what percentage of Thurrock and Dartford residents use the crossing regularly. Most people I know avoid it like the plague, only using it hafl a dozne times a year, Given the disruption and pollution the council should get a bulk payment in the millions of pounds to reduce council tax. How many of the big influx of people into Thurrocks new homes (eg Chafford) over last 10 years under Thames Gateway devpt plans were made aware their home values and lifestyle might be decimated by a further Thames crossing? Reduced council tax might help placate this. stuart695

11:46am Sun 15 Sep 13

d_2da_ougle says...

i very much homes were devalued by this, i admit it causes a head ache but its more likely to add value to a areas house prices due to things like lakeside opening up if you research the history a little their was little interest in devolpment of the pits untill the bridge was opened
i very much homes were devalued by this, i admit it causes a head ache but its more likely to add value to a areas house prices due to things like lakeside opening up if you research the history a little their was little interest in devolpment of the pits untill the bridge was opened d_2da_ougle

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