VIDEO | Time-lapse Dartford Crossing
The Highways Agency have released this dizzying yet beautifully shot time lapse video for the public to see gantry work being undertaken.
Suddenly paying for the Dartford Crossing has become quick! And in this video composed of thousands of pictures taken over several days we get to see what the Highways Agency spend their money on.
Highways Agency Project Manager Nigel Gray said: Completing this first phase of construction successfully is a big milestone in our work to improve the Dartford Crossing for the 170000 drivers that use it every day. Weve worked hard to install these five gantries in a way that keeps traffic disruption to an absolute minimum and well continue this focus as we move on to the next phase of work.
The toll road between Essex and Kent caters for fifty million vehicles a year and has received funding for five new gantries to be fitted on the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.
The new gantries have been installed to hold cameras and sensors for the new Dart Charge in October 2014. This is the new automated toll charging system which will hopefully cut down the horrendous queues people experience in this bottleneck every day.
Erwan Huerre Transition Manager at Connect Plus said: The delivery of the charging gantries is an important milestone in the introduction of Dart Charge as it enables the installation of the new charging technology. To achieve this great success Connect Plus has overcome a number of challenges including the non-conventional design of the gantries on the approach to the tunnels and the complex coordination of works required to make it a painless experience to the road user. This was made possible through the continuous engagement between our Dartford based operational team our designer Atkins our contractor Osborne our customer the Highways Agency and the new charging and enforcement operator Sanef.