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Road Pricing: Should all roads be toll roads?

Road Pricing: Should all roads be toll roads?

The Transport Committee will continue taking evidence for its inquiry into road pricing and toll roads on 19 January & 26 January and 2 February 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.

Subject to confirmation, the witnesses will be as follows:

Wednesday 19 January 2005

at 2.45 pm Local Government Association

               Transport for London

at 3.30 pm West Midlands Regional Assembly

               West Midlands Chief Engineers and Planning Officers Group

               Advantage West Midlands

at 4.15 pm Friends of the Earth

               Transport 2000

              Campaign to Protect Rural England

Wednesday 26 January 2005

at 2.45 pm Researchers / Academics

at 3.30 pm Institute of Directors


               British Chamber of Commerce

at 4.15 pm Institution of Civil Engineers

                 Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK)

Wednesday 2 February 2005

at 2.45 pm Macquarie Infrastructure Group

at 3.30 pm  Highways Agency

at 4.15 pm Department for Transport

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   05/2004-05   13 January 2005

Eve Samson, Clerk of the Committee