Road charging may become reality

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Drivers could pay more to use Britain’s roads, according to a new draft study leaked to the media.

Sir Rod Eddington, former British Airways chief executive, was commissioned by Gordon Brown to find a solution to the growing problem of congestion on UK roads, and is backing the use of tolls to tackle congestion, according to a senior Whitehall insider.

The source has allegedly revealed that Eddington’s report will back the adoption of road-user charging, but not increased construction projects within the UK.

The results of the report will be announced with the pre-Budget report and are expected to focus on the needs for a shake-up of the transport network.

Eddington is expected to argue that “demand management” rather than new investment in road and rail construction projects is required to effectively tackle congestion in the UK.

The FTA said that the idea of road charging is not a new one, but welcomed a positive approach to ensuring an efficient transport network.

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