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A Toll booth is a place where you pay a toll to use a road, bridge or tunnel. They are usually arranged in a group of several booths, referred to as a toll plaza.

Approaching a plaza usually involves a reduction (or several reductions) in speed limits and the lanes widening out towards the plaza. Most plazas separate lanes out for correct change only (which are sometimes unmanned booths), cash and card booths, and "fast pay" booths for those with a tag or smart pass to quickly go through or past the booth. Toll booths usually have rising barriers to prevent vehicles from passing until they have paid, and overhead signs to show which booths are open or closed.

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Toll booths in the UK

Tyne Tunnel toll plaza
M48 Severn Bridge toll plaza
Whitchurch-on-Thames Toll booth

This is not an exhaustive list.

Estuary Crossings

The toll plazas on the South side of the A282 Dartford Crossing TQ559753 have now been replaced by an on-line system based around ANPR cameras.

Smaller River Crossings

M6 Toll


Alternatives to toll booths

Congestion Charge advanced warning sign
Low emission zone ANPR cameras on the A406

The development of the internet and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras has allowed tolls to be collected remotely, without the need for toll plazas and the delays they can cause. Vehicles are detected within the tolled area by ANPR cameras, and drivers are given a period of time during which they can pay the toll charge. Failure to pay on time will result in a penalty charge.

Examples of ANPR based systems include:



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