To reduce congestion the Dartford Crossings operates a remote payment method called Dart Charge. Payment is required for each trip both northbound and southbound. You can pay in advance or until midnight the following day. It is free to use the crossing between 10pm and 6am.
Setting up a pre-pay account is the cheapest way to pay and you will receive a discount using this option. One-off payments can be made in advance or by midnight the day after crossing. Arrangements for existing Dart-tag customers
Set up a pre-pay account
online at Pay the Dartford Crossing charge (Dart Charge)
over the phone by calling 0300 300 0120
via a payzone retail outlet
Whilst the introduction of free flow charging at the Dartford crossing has improved journey times (in particular southbound over the QEII Bridge), the crossing is capacity constrained. A new Lower Thames Crossing is urgently needed to add much needed additional capacity, provide resilience in the road network and to support growth in East Kent and South Essex. FTA has been campaigning for the construction of a new crossing for many years and in April 2017, the Secretary of State for Transport confirmed the route for the new crossing. FTA continues to work with the project team developing the plans for the new crossing to ensure that it meets the needs of industry.
FTA Lower Thames Crossing Campaign
If you are an FTA member and have a query regarding this topic, or need more information, contact our Member Advice Centre
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