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09/07/03
Congestion Still On the Rise
- Government transport advisor calls for more road pricing

ROAD CONGESTION is to get worse and worse over the coming years, according to the government's own transport advisor.

Professor David Begg, chair of the Commission for Integrated Transport, has reported that, despite the introduction of the Congestion Charge in London, the price mechanism will ensure most roads will continue to fill up unless other areas follow suit.

That's because the price of cars and fuel have both come down in recent times and are set to carry on doing so while the price of travelling on most forms of public transport is now rising at above inflation levels.

The professor argues that transport planners will have to co-opt the price mechanism for their own purposes, especially in the form of road pricing, a move flagged by Transport Secretary Alistair Darling last month.

Darling re-iterated his stance today, in the wake of Beg's report. "We do need to ask ourselves how we can better manage the use of road space," the minister said.




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