So the loss of power in Dartford resulted in 6 hours of toll-free crossing. And the result? No surprises there. No congestion. Which all goes to provide concrete evidence that continuing the toll charges increases congestion, pollution, frustration. And the comment from the Department of Transport “Charges on the Dartford Crossing are necessary because, for much of the day, the crossing is operating at or above its capacity…” (in Kent Messenger Extra 31 July 2009, p. 2) If that’s not the biggest load of bull I’ve ever heard. Just because the crossing carries more vehicles than originally planned for does not justify charging!
Found this quote by daft old Rosie Winterton at http://www.dft.gov.uk/press/speechesstatements/statements/dartfordstatement bumbling on about free tolls will increase traffic and congestion. Old mother Winterton – you were so wrong. She is also an MP for Doncaster – so how the hell would she know what the Dartford Toll Crossing is actually like? At least her term as a Minister for Transport was short-lived.
MP for Gravesham, at this link http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23480252-details/%27Axe+Dartford+crossing+toll%27/article.do supports a toll-free crossing, but of course, no-one listens.
If anything, the Department of Transport needs to put some real effort into realistic, affordable, convenient public transport that takes some of the pressure of the roads. Will they? Heck, no. They love the number of cars clogging up the roads, because it provides huge amounts of revenue, in terms of road tax, petrol tax, and every other sort of tax the motorist pays out for. What do you think?