Transport – collection

Dart Charge

Find out about the new Dart Charge scheme.

We’re making improvements to the Dartford Crossing to reduce congestion and ease traffic flow. The Dart Charge scheme includes new payment arrangements, which were introduced on 30 November 2014.

Works are also taking place to change the road layout and operation of the Dartford crossing.

Find out more about the roadworks.

You can follow the launch of Dart Charge on twitter and facebook.

Video

From mid-June 2015 a new traffic safety system will be in use on the A282 (M25) northbound approach to the Dartford tunnels. The system will identify and stop oversized vehicles or those carrying dangerous goods from entering the tunnels. It will also enable dangerous goods vehicles to be escorted through the tunnels safely and stop traffic in the event of an incident in the tunnels.

A short animation: Dartford Crossing traffic safety system

A short animation to explain the changes taking place at the Dartford Crossing.

A short animation: Improvements to Dartford Crossing

Forms and documents

  1. Pay the Dartford Crossing charge (Dart Charge) by post

    • Form
  2. Set up or cancel a Dart Charge account by post

    • Form
  3. Dart Charge Penalty Charge Notice

    • Statutory guidance
  4. Dart Charge Charge Certificate

    • Statutory guidance

About Dart Charge

  1. Dart Charge summer leaflet

    • Guidance
  2. Dartford Crossing traffic safety system: advice for drivers

    • Guidance
  3. Dartford Crossing layout changes: information for drivers of goods vehicles

    • Guidance
  4. Dart Charge: Dartford Crossing remote payment

    • News story
  5. Dart Charge leaflet

    • Promotional material
  6. Dartford Crossing improvements: goods vehicle guidance

    • Guidance
  7. Dart Charge: table of charges

    • Guidance
  8. Dartford Crossing vehicle classes

    • Guidance
  9. Charging signs for Dart Charge: Kent and Essex

    • Guidance

Press releases

  1. Dart Charge payments reach 90%

    • Press release
  2. Details of new Dartford Crossing safety system unveiled

    • Press release
  3. Dart Charge: drivers encouraged to pay as vehicles registered reaches one million

    • Press release
  4. Better journeys begin at Dartford Crossing

    • Press release
  5. New ways to pay as Dart Charge nears launch

    • Press release
  6. Final countdown to better journeys at Dartford

    • Press release
  7. New signage at the Dartford Crossing unveiled

    • Press release
  8. Thousands on course for Dart Charge savings

    • Press release
  9. Timetable set out for Dartford Crossing toll booth removal

    • Press release
  10. Dart Charge campaign moves to the next phase

    • Press release
  11. Dart Charge to launch on 30 November

    • Press release
  12. Introducing Dart Charge from late November

    • Press release
  13. Football clubs supporting Highways Agency to get fans match fit for Dart Charge

    • Press release
  14. Dart Charge team come to Bluewater

    • Press release
  15. Payzone outlets to accept Dart Charge payments

    • Press release
  16. Over 300 jobs created in Yorkshire and Birmingham

    • Press release
  17. New video shows Dart Charge progress

    • Press release
  18. Dart Charge gantries being installed at Dartford Crossing

    • Press release
  19. Dartford Crossing improvements move a step closer

    • Press release

Background

Background information about the implementation of Dart Charge. You can also refer to the relevant legislation:

  1. Dartford-Thurrock river crossing charges consultation

    • Consultation outcome
  2. Impact assessment opinion: 'Free-Flow' road user charging at the Dartford-Thurrock river crossing

    • Research and analysis
  3. Dartford-Thurrock river crossing: traffic flow

    • Corporate report