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Highways Agency goes out to tender for barrier-less toll gates on Dartford Crossing

The Highways Agency has gone out to tender for a firm to help it develop and install a barrier-less payment method for users of the M25 Dartford Crossing.

It wants a firm that can provide technical consultancy services to develop, deliver and support the introduction of system that will remove the need for drivers to stop and pay cash within a plaza and barrier environment. The existing toll plaza is a major capacity bottleneck on the motorway. The Agency hopes to relieve congestion while a third river crossing is planned and built.

The firm will help the Agency procure the right technology and then support it during construction and the first six months of operation. The Agency expects to pay between £4M and £6M in fees.

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  • For the past twenty years Portugal has had a barrier-less payment system called Via Verde (Green Lane) which covers all highway tolls throughout the country. It also extends to payment for many public car parks as well.
    Now the HA (always at the forefront of modern technology) is proposing to spend £4M-£6M for the design of a system that already exists, but which will only cover one river crossing and no car parks.
    And we have the audacity to look upon Portugal as one of the poorer countries of Europe!

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  • Dubai also succesfully operates the barrier-less system. This is not a new technology.

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  • Finally!

    The M50 around Dublin has had one for a while too. I won't pretend to know whether or not £4m-6m is a good price for such a system, but the cost-benefit ratio must be huge. The amount of hours lost queuing at the crossing currently is obscene.

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  • Surely a third crossing is not the answer? Only twenty years after the bridge opened (I think). If the lanes are there, the toll system must be the bottleneck, so eliminating the need for drivers to stop is the way forward. Compare £4-6m to the cost of another crossing, which will still be plagued by delays at peak times if drivers have to stop. On other sections of the M25, widening with extra lanes has not solved the problem of traffic congestion and it certainly wont solve the problem here.

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