Did you know that residents of Thurrock and Dartford have saved £1 million per year thanks to the Dartford Crossing local resident discount scheme?
The Resident Discount Scheme offers users, against a standard charge of £2.50 per crossing, unlimited crossings for £20 per year or £10 for 50 crossing with additional journeys at 20p each.
In a recent post on the Upminster & Cranham Residents Association website, Cllr Clarence Barrett presented his thoughts on the current discount:
While eligibility is restricted to residents of those two councils, upon further scrutiny it appears unfair and somewhat bizarre that residents in Corringham, Thurrock (10 miles from crossing), should benefit while Havering residents in Upminster (7 miles) do not. Similarly, residents of New Barn in Dartford are entitled to the discount at 6 miles distance, but Havering residents in Rainham at a mere 4 miles are not! A similar argument can be made from near neighbours in Crayford, Bexley.
The easiest way to remove these oddities is to remove the toll entirely, which was promised back in 2002 when the cost of the crossing was fully repaid. However, while a discount scheme exists, I propose that the Highways Agency should base the scheme on an agreed distance from the crossing in order to make it fair and equitable to everyone.
Quotes used with permission from Residents Association website: http://www.ucra.co.uk/havering-miss-out-on-dartford-crossing-discounts/