PRA WELCOMES NEWS OF FREE-FLOW TOLLS AT THE DARTFORD CROSSING

Published 30/09/2013 00:00:00 in Press Releases

The Petrol Retailers' Association (PRA) welcomes the announcement that The Highways Agency has awarded a £367m contract to the French motorway operator Sanef, to design and deliver a new free-flow toll system at the Dartford Crossing.

The crossing, a long occurring problem for motorists, has been the cause of slow moving traffic and tailbacks over the years. The new improvements planned for 2014 will now allow drivers to use the crossing without having to stop at the toll booths. Instead, road users will have the option to use the new ‘pay-in-advance’ service which will be available via telephone, text, online and at retail outlets both before and until midnight the day after their journey.

Brian Madderson, Chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association comments, “The PRA welcomes this much anticipated development to solve major disruptions across the M25 orbital motorway system. This is an ongoing issue that the PRA have been pressing the Department for Transport to tackle since 2010. Minister for Roads, Mike Penning MP, confirmed in a letter to the PRA in 2010 that...”the Highways Agency has been asked to develop proposals for free-flow charging”.

“We have frequently expressed our concerns related to the wastage of essential road fuels whilst in the very regular traffic congestion, the impact of exhaust gasses on the environment and the sheer inefficiency to business and consumers alike of time spent queuing to make the Dartford Crossing. It is positive to see that the Government is taking necessary action to making driving easier and more fuel efficient for motorists”.

ENDS

Notes for editors:

Rupal Rawal, Communications Assistant
Tel: 020 7307 3412
Mob: 07528 977 157
Press Office direct line: 020 7307 3422
Press Office fax: 020 7307 3406

Web: www.rmif.co.uk Email: rupal.rawal@rmif.co.uk

Brian Madderson is available for interview. Please contact the press office.

The Petrol Retailers Association represents some 5,500 independent forecourts which is 60% of the total UK market. A trade association committed to helping members run their businesses legally and profitably adapting to new challenges in the market place.

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