The Highways Agency has released new timelapse footage of the removal of toll booths at the Dartford Crossing as news comes of the progress it is making on installing a new safety system that will prevent oversize vehicles from entering the tunnels.
The work, which is expected to be completed in April, is an important part of speeding up journeys at the Crossing as drivers no longer need to stop at barriers to pay.
Highways Agency project director Nigel Gray said: “We’re making good progress on this important work. Protecting the tunnels from dangerous loads and oversized vehicles is vital for the safe and efficient operation of the whole Dartford Crossing. This new system will enable that task to be carried out much more efficiently than before and will make a real contribution to speeding up journeys - which is what Dart Charge is all about.”
Construction of the new size detection system began in January. New gantries have been installed, which house the equipment that will detect vehicle size and information about vehicles’ loads. Traffic lights, signals and barriers will be used to safely stop and turn around any vehicle that is not approaching the tunnel in the correct lane, while keeping disruption to other traffic to a minimum.
Connect Plus, the Highways Agency’s main service provider for the whole M25, is carrying out construction work associated with the project.