Press release

Dartford Crossing – charges reinstated

Normal charging patterns on the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing were reinstated at 10pm this evening.


As per usual, there will be no charge to use the Crossing from 10pm until 6am and normal changes will apply to drivers from 6am tomorrow morning (Thursday 17 July).

The Highways Agency had temporarily suspended charges northbound on the crossing as a result of an incident on the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing.

The decision to suspend charges had been made at 4.30pm today to help ease the particularly severe congestion which had built up as a result of the emergency and also to reduce the risk of minor collisions in queuing traffic.

The incident, which happened at around 12.30 this afternoon, involved 4 HGVs. We will be working hard with our contractors to reopen the west bore as soon as it is safe to do so. The work will require approximately 70 metres of the carriageway to be resurfaced overnight. It is expected that the west bore will be reopened before the morning commute. The east bore has remained open to traffic.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 16 July 2014