Monday, 28 November 2011

UK government report pushes further for PPP toll roads

A report by non-executive Chairman of the Highways Agency, Alan Cook, has proposed that all new motorways should be toll roads built, financed and owned by the private sector according to a Press Association report.  He recommends that the Highways Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Transport be remodelled into a more business like agency, and that a strategy be developed for objectives on capacity, performance, safety and environmental outcomes over the next five years.  This includes new roads and improvements to existing ones.  He proposed that an independent board be established to provide oversight.

Meanwhile, Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce is opposing converting the A14 into a toll road along with a major upgrade according to Cambridge News.  It wants the road to be upgraded untolled as was previously the plan.

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