Trans04-05Press Notice04

Road Pricing: Should all roads be toll roads?

Road Pricing: Should all roads be toll roads?

The Transport Committee will begin taking evidence for its inquiry into road pricing and toll roads on Wednesday 12 January 2005.

In July 2004 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, the "M6 Expressway", from Birmingham to Manchester. Subsequently, the Committee decided to broaden the inquiry to include the wider issues surrounding the potential for national road pricing.

The Committee will look at how the proposals being examined 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 will examine what impact these policies could have and how soon their widespread adoption could be seen.

The witnesses will be*:

at 2.45 pm Freight Transport Association

                Road Haulage Association

                Professor Alan McKinnon

at 3.30 pm  RAC Foundation

at 4.00 pm  National Express Ltd

at 4.30 pm  HM Customs & Excise

*Subject to confirmation

The evidence session will take place in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee. Because the meetings may be moved from the Palace of Westminster to Portcullis House, those wishing to attend the meetings should check the venue by contacting the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 on the day before the hearings.

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Press Notice   04/2004-05   16 December 2004

Eve Samson, Clerk of the Committee