With the new average speed cameras, already costing a massive £350,000 to install, and another £2million to install variable speed limit signs, the National Road Network need to gain these costs back.
Unfortunately, the costs are going to be coming out of the pockets of the motorist that use the bridge every day to commute to and from work.
Work will begin in Late 2019 to put toll booths at each end of the bridge. Drivers will have to pay before crossing. Work is expected to last 6 weeks with minimal disruption to the traffic flow.
It has been confirmed that the “Old Bridge” along Sheppey Way, will still be toll free for drivers to use, but concerns have been raised from the Wild Life parks in the area, that the increase in traffic will cause issues to wildlife and nature.
Official prices for crossing have been released today. £2.50 per crossing for cars and vans, with an increase for lorries. A table bellow shows rates for “One-Off” crossings.
Local residents and business will be able to apply for a permit, similar to the Dartford Crossing for a reduced rate. But this is limited to 2 vehicles per household.