Thames crossing

Dartford Crossing local resident scheme

Since 2014, you no longer pay at the barriers when you use the Dartford Crossing.

The Dartford Crossing is one of Europe's most heavily used crossings and complex traffic management systems. Spanning the Thames between Dartford and Thurrock, the crossing forms a vital link in the M25, Britain's most important orbital road.

A DART charge toll is payable for using the crossing but Thurrock residents are eligible for a local resident discount. Go to GOV.UK: pay the Dartford Crossing charge (DART charge).

Local resident discount

You can apply for a discount if you pay council tax to Thurrock Council or Dartford Borough Council.

A local resident discount account offers a significant discount on the crossing charge for cars to those residents who can confirm they are eligible.

Go to GOV.UK: pay the Dartford Crossing charge (DART charge) for details of the latest discount charges.

How to apply

Applications are made through the government, not to Thurrock Council. You can apply online below.

Dartford Crossing account – apply for a local resident discount

You can also apply for a DART charge local resident discount by post.

You must show evidence – you can scan or photograph your documents, or send them by post for checking.

You'll need:

  • your vehicle details
  • a current council tax bill that matches the address in your application
  • proof you live in Thurrock, such as a gas, electricity or water bill (less than 3 months old), bank or credit card statement (less than 3 months old), income support book, rent document or driving licence
  • proof your vehicle is registered in Thurrock, such as a copy of your V5C vehicle registration or a vehicle lease in your name
  • a debit or credit card

You can also read about Dartford Crossing charges, exemptions and penalties.