Retailers welcome decision to postpone toll rise

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The British Retail Consortium has welcomed the decision to scrap plans to increase toll charges at the Dartford Crossing until after April 2012.

BRC director of business Tom Ironside said: “An increase would have been another unwelcome cost pressure on top of so many others and especially damaging in the run-up to Christmas. The Dartford Crossing is one of the most important pieces of the UK road network and the impact of the higher charges would have been felt by thousands of firms and families.”

Ironside also called on chancellor George Osborne to scrap next year’s planned increases in fuel duty. “”Escalating transport costs are responsible for much of the inflation which the UK is currently battling. The Chancellor should give households further help when he delivers his Autumn Statement next week.”

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