Transport Press Notices

Road Pricing: Should all roads be toll roads?

On the 19th July the Transport Committee called for evidence on the performance of the M6 Toll Road and the Government’s proposal to commission a further tolled motorway from Birmingham to Manchester. Following the Department for Transport’s publication of the “Feasibility Study of Road Pricing in the UK” the Committee has chosen to make the M6 evidence session the first part of a wider inquiry investigating the prospects for national road pricing.

The Committee wishes to examine how the proposals being put forward by the Department for Transport will change the way we pay for road use, namely through toll roads, road pricing, congestion charging, lorry road user charging and parking levies. The Committee wishes to examine what impact these policies could have and how soon their widespread adoption could be seen. In particular the Committee wishes to examine:

•    Should road pricing be introduced for certain sections of the        road network in the short term?

•    If road pricing is introduced, what factors should determine         which roads are priced and what technology should be used?

•    How ‘hi-tech’ does road pricing need to be?

•    What role should local highway authorities play in introducing road pricing?

•    How easy will it be to move from individual toll roads and local urban congestion charging schemes in the short term, to   national road pricing in the longer term, and what needs to be     done to ensure the transition is a success?

•    How will the Lorry Road User Charge fit into any national road pricing and motorway tolling developments?

•    Are there other measures which could reduce congestion more effectively?

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda to the Committee before Thursday 25 November 2004. It is unlikely that memoranda submitted after this date will be published. Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 6 A4 pages in length. Witnesses are requested to submit a single hard copy of their memorandum by post to the above address, together with an electronic version (in ASCII, Word) either by e-mail to or on a disk accompanying the hard copy. Witnesses who are unable to submit electronic versions of their submissions are respectfully requested to take particular care that their submissions are legible. All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee will not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

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Press Notice 42/2003-04 28 October 2004

Eve Samson Clerk of the Committee