The FTA says that local industry, as daily users of the facility and providing employment and a contribution to the local economy, should also enjoy free transit. “We have always said that, since the construction of the crossing has long since been paid for, tolls at Dartford should be totally scrapped,” said Geoff Dossetter, director of external affairs for the FTA.

“For industry and motorists they are costly and inconvenient and the process of slowing traffic to collect a toll is very bad for air quality.” He says the discount scheme for local residents is good news and a step in the right direction but wants it extended to local truckers.

“The continuing collection of tolls at Dartford is outdated, unnecessary and unfair and should be stopped.”