Common questions

What does the Dartford Tunnel go under?

What does the Dartford Tunnel go under?

The Dartford crossing – known as the Dartford tunnel until 1991 – is a major road crossing of the river Thames. It carries the A282 between Dartford to the south and Thurrock in the north.

Why are tankers escorted through Dartford Tunnel?

When a vehicle is too large or is carrying an abnormal load, traffic going through one of the tunnels has to be stopped so that the vehicle can be escorted through.

How many people died building the Dartford Tunnel?

The total cost of the tunnel was £1.4 M and 800 men were employed in its construction, during which seven deaths were recorded. The southern entrance gateway to the tunnel, also known as Southern Tunnel House, was designed by LCC architect Thomas Blashill and was built just before the tunnel was completed.

How much does Dartford Tunnel make a day?

Over 100,000 people use the Highways England operated Dartford Crossing every day, making it a lucrative source of money for the government. With the UK’s average salary at £29,900 and the bridge bringing in £92 million, that means that the Dartford Crossing makes 3077 times this in a year.

How do you avoid Dartford Crossing?

The only way to legally avoid payment is to travel over the crossing between the hours of 10pm and 6am, when the Dart Charge doesn’t apply.

How deep is the Dartford Tunnel underwater?

46 metres
List of tunnels

Name Type Notes
Thames Cable Tunnel Utility tunnel 1,675 metres (5,495 ft) long, carries two 400kV circuits; depth 46 metres (151 ft), only accessible by authorized personnel
High Speed 1 tunnels Railway tunnel
Dartford Tunnel (eastern) Road tunnel
Dartford Tunnel (western) Road tunnel

Do you have to pay to drive through the Dartford Tunnel?

You must pay the charge if you use the Dartford Crossing between 6am and 10pm. Charges apply every day – including weekends and bank holidays. How much you pay to cross depends on the type of vehicle you’re driving and if you already have an account.

How deep is the Dartford Tunnel?

approximately 100 feet
They will be approximately 100 feet in depth. The pilot tunnel will cost £300,000 and will provide information as to the strata under the river at this place. This will be very helpful in connexion with the construction of the main tunnel. The tunnel will be rather more than a mile in length.

Can you walk over the Dartford bridge?

Opening times You can use the service seven days a week, every day of the year, at these times: 3am to 9am; 10:30am to 2pm; 3pm to 9pm and 10:30pm to 2am. Remember, there’s no service outside these times.

How much weight can the Dartford bridge hold?

65,000 tonnes
Each caisson was designed to withstand a bridge strike of a ship weighing up to 65,000 tonnes and travelling up to 18.5 kilometres per hour (11.5 mph) The bridge deck is about 61 metres (200 ft) high, and it took a team of around 56 to assemble its structure.

Do the French own the Dartford Crossing?

A spokesman for HE said: “The belief that the crossing was owned by the French was because up until 2009, the company contracted with operating the crossing was called Le Crossing, although they are not a French company, but part of Ringway Babtie Ltd.”

How much was the Dartford bridge?

The bridge was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 30 October 1991. The total cost of construction was £120 million (£224 million in 2019), including £30 million (£52 million in 2019) for the approach roads.

Are there height restrictions on the Dartford tunnels?

The two Dartford Tunnels are subject to different height restrictions. When travelling northbound towards the tunnels, you must get in the correct lane after junction 2 and before junction 1a − you will not be able to change lanes after junction 1a. Height restrictions are: 4.8m for lanes 1 and 2 (left hand tunnel)

Where is the tunnel between Thurrock and Dartford?

The Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing, commonly known as the Dartford Crossing and until 1991 the Dartford Tunnel, is a major road crossing of the River Thames in England, carrying the A282 road between Dartford in Kent in the south and Thurrock in Essex in the north. It consists of two bored tunnels and the cable-stayed Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.

How tall do you have to be to use the west tunnel?

Tunnel height restrictions are 4.8m for the west tunnel and 5.0m for the east tunnel. Vehicles joining at junction 1a can only access the two inside lanes and use the west tunnel, and therefore vehicles over 4.8m in height are prohibited from using the slip road and should, if under 5m, use junction 1b.

How does the new Dartford Crossing system work?

The new system will detect whether a vehicle is too tall, wide or long to enter the tunnels or whether it is carrying hazardous goods that mean it cannot enter the tunnels or needs to be escorted. These will trigger a system of traffic signals and barriers that will stop the vehicle.