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Bexley MPs back Dartford Crossing discounts for the borough

PUBLISHED: 14:30 19 October 2012

The toll at the Dartford Crossing

The toll at the Dartford Crossing

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Bexley MPs have praised the idea of extending the discount for the Dartford Crossing to residents of the borough.

On October 7, charges rose from £1.50 to £2 for cars, £2 to £2.50 for small goods vehicles and £3.70 to £5 for large goods vehicles.

The discounts are currently only enjoyed by residents of Dartford and Thurrock on the other side of the Thames.

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce said: “The discount should extend to Bexley residents but we shouldn’t be paying in the first place.

“If you talk to anyone locally, they were sold the crossing on the premise that it would be free.

“What we need is those taken away. It’s a tax on anyone living in south-east London.”

Bexley and Bromley London Assembly member James Cleverly put the point to London Mayor Boris Johnson during Mayor’s Question Time.

He said: “Whilst I understand that the government feels unable to scrap fees in this difficult economic climate, any increase is unacceptable.

“In addition, residents in Dartford and Thurrock are eligible for a significant discount when they use the crossing. Bexley residents should be eligible for the same discount.”

For Dartford and Thurrock residents who have the Dart Tag, prices for every trip will now be £1.33, £2.19 and £4.33 respectively.

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