London mayor Boris Johnson has written to government to suggest that the charge to use the Dartford Crossing be suspended during the 2012 Olympic Games, to help relieve pressure on the transport network.
Johnson said he was concerned that a proposed increase to the toll could discourage drivers from using it, and he requested that the government delay a proposed increase in the toll until after the Games. Ideally, the toll should be suspended altogether throughout the Olympics, he said.
Proposals for the third Dartford Crossing have been stalled as the government reviews the options for the crossing. A new port at London Gateway could also add to traffic problems at the Dartford pinch point when it opens in 2013.