Bristol says the experience gained from the ELGAR road pricing trial, funded by the European Commission from February-May 1998 on the A4 Bath Road, showed the 'way forward'. Through charges, which averaged £6 for access to the city, the number of car trips fell by 15% or 'a significant shift away from car use'. If its bid to be one of the 'fast track' authorities is successful, Bristol City Council would look to introduce a charging scheme in 2003/04 using private finance, ideally provided by the software company installing the billing system, which would then be reimbursed through sharing the profits. Drivers would pay around £1 per journey initially, rising to £5 in four years.
Bristol eyes £15 million parking profit
09/12/1999 in NEWS