Dartford JSO protestor freed

The pressure group Just Stop Oil has announced that Dartford Crossing protestor Morgan Trowland has been freed after 14 months in jail. He had been arrested after the protest in October 2022 and remanded, and was then jailed for three years at a trial in April this year. His fellow protestor Markus Decker, who was […]

Dartford Crossing protestors lose Supreme Court appeal

two Just Stop Oil protesters have lost their Supreme Court appeals against jail sentences for scaling the bridge the Dartford Crossing. Morgan Trowland, 40, and Marcus Decker, 34, were jailed after using ropes and other climbing gear to scale the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, causing gridlock when police closed it to traffic last October. In […]

National Highways apologises for Dart Charge problems

National Highways said sorry for problems faced by Dartford Crossing users after issues with paying the crossing fee after Conduent took over the project from Emovis. There have been numerous issues regarding card revalidation and the website accepting payments. The Southend Echo newspaper reports a National Highways spokesperson said: “We recently announced updates to the […]

Jailed Dartford protestors lose appeal

Two activists jailed for a protest which closed the QE2 Bridge at the Dartford Crossing for 37 hours last October have lost their bid to have their sentences reduced. Just Stop Oil activists Morgan Trowland, 40, and Marcus Decker, 34, used ropes and other climbing equipment to scale the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, which links […]

Drivers complain about Dart Charge issues

People trying to pay the Dartford Crossing charge have taken to social media to complain about the inability to do so, after a system changeover took longer than expected. The contract for managing the payment process passed to Conduent over the weekend as former contract provider Emovis moves to handling only the penalty charge notices. […]

Dart Charge account holders reminded to take action this weekend

Dart Charge account holders planning to use the Dartford Crossing this weekend are being reminded that the automatic payment system for journeys will be unavailable because of improvements being made to the system. Starting from the 00:01 Friday 28 July until late Sunday 30 July, users will not be able to pay for crossings or access their […]

Changes to Dart Charge process as Conduent takes over

National Highways has announces changes to the payment system for journeys across the Dartford Crossing over the River Thames. The new Dart Charge Service Provider, Conduent, will become responsible for vehicle identification, payment processing and account management. Previous supplier Emovis will continue to issue and handle enquiries for Penalty Charge Notices. National Highways says it haas undertaken […]

Dartford Tunnels undergoing summer waterproofing works

National Highways is undertaking overnight waterproofing works in the east tunnel of the Dartford Crossing. This work is expected to continue until September 2023 and is significant because it involves work in the larger of the two tunnels, which means some HGVs will not be able to cross the Thames at that point during the […]

Just Stop Oil activists jailed for Dartford disruption

Two men have been sentenced after causing widespread disruption across the Southeast when they climbed the QEII Bridge at the Dartford Crossing. Morgan Trowland (pictured right) and Marcus Decker (left) began climbing the bridge stanchions in the early hours of 17 October last year. The men then eventually climbed to about 200ft above the water […]

Dartford protest sentencing delayed

Two Just Stop Oil protestors convicted of causing a public nuisance occupying the QE2 Bridge at Dartford have had their sentencing delayed because of a lack of legal representation. The pair climbed the bridge last October, causing it to be closed for two days. That led to significant traffic delays in the area. Activists Morgan […]

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