AWM chief says road pricing still necessary

The Birmingham Post has reported that the head of Advantage West Midlands has told ministers at a House of Commons Inquiry that road pricing may be necessary to deal with congestion but if this happened it would need to be part of an integrated transport plan which would improve the transport network, AWM chief backs road-pricing to help to reduce congestion.

The view follows Ministers hinting they had finally given up on proposals to make drivers pay for using roads after Greater Manchester voted against their own proposals and the plans by West Midlands Councils in 2008 were shelved.

While the M6 toll road was a success at reducing congestion, and encouraged regeneration alongside it's route, there were concerns over it's high prices. With London the public transport network was very strong and capable of working alongside road pricing while other areas of the UK did not have the same level of public transport networks.


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