Dartford Crossing

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  1. iandsm

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    When we went over the bridge in April there was a huge, probably four mile tailback of vehicles trying to get to the Essex side, most of it hardly moving and it looked like the booths were still in place. We will be rerunning next week and I was wondering if anyone had experience such severe delays lately. I know there is nothing we can do about it but its nice to know what we might be facing on our journey home.
     
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    Booths still in place..

    we came back over from Kent two weeks ago on a Sunday morning, M25 was quiet, with only short delays at the booths ..
     
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    It really does depend on what time of day you get to the crossing.
    Weekdays rush "hours" are obviously busy, but nothing like it used to be when they had the barriers.
    Outside of those hours there's not normally a queue - just a slowing of the traffic.
     
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    why do they still have barriers at the booths going North ?
     
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    Traffic control for the tunnels
    Re Air extraction when traffic stationary maybe
     
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    Why can't they abolish the toll? .......no toll bridges or tunnels in Scotland.
     
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    It's an ongoing transformation, they can't do everything at once.
     
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    possibly.. that I can understand.. by why every car/vehicle, even when it's quiet ?
     
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    barriers can be raised and left raised at the flick of a switch.. no work involved..
    why do they still go up and down with every car ?

    They are not taking payment..
     
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    Possibly to avoid a queue in the tunnels? but they should be gone altogether eventually
     
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    Looks like to allow traffic to filter from the side lanes
    [​IMG]
     
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    We also came through on a Sunday a couple of weeks ago and no problem at all.
     
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    Came through on Sunday last week at about 5pm. Hardly any traffic at all
     
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    It's still a temporary layout. Eventually all the booths / barriers will be removed
     
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    Because it earns them 3+ million a week .
     
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    No excuse for queues.....congestion zones in london don't have queues
     
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    They don't have tunnels either. :D
    Even when it is all completed there will always be restrictions/barriers/traffic lights & a 40(?) mph limit on the north bound tunnel side. This is due to the regulations requiring the ability to stop traffic instantly to prevent a tail back being able to be formed in the tunnel in the event of an incident.
    The regulations were further strengthened after the Mont.Blanc tunnel fire.

    If people would instantly obey a red light then they wouldn't need the ability to drop barriers in front of vehicles.(y)
     
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    Thanks everyone, most reassuring, we should be going through around lunchtime on thursday so should be OK.:)
     
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    Went through the tunnel last Thursday morning 10 ish no problems . Previous to that on a Friday morning spent 30 minutes on the roundabout trying to access the tunnel .
     
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