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Scrap QE2 toll increase—and spread discount scheme

PUBLISHED: 08:45 05 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:55 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, A TOLL scheme was introduced when the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge was opened at Dartford in 1991, solely to pay for its construction, which was met by March, 2002. But the Labour Government chose to continue charging those who used the bridge

Dear Editor,

A TOLL scheme was introduced when the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge was opened at Dartford in 1991, solely to pay for its construction. The cost had been met by March, 2002.

But the Labour Government chose to continue charging those who used the bridge to cross the Thames.

The toll has now been increased by 50 per cent, from £1 to £1.50. Meanwhile, the Department for Transport runs a discount scheme for Thurrock and Dartford residents, but excludes my constituents in the London Borough of Havering—even though they live closer.

Enough is enough! It is time to end this iniquity. The Government takes more than £50 million annually from toll fees on the QE2.

The increase should be scrapped and the discount scheme should be extended to those living in Havering so that they, too, can share in the benefits.

Roger Evans

London Assembly Member

Havering & Redbridge

City Hall, Southwark


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