Chancellor Alistair Darling has clearly stated that national road pricing is still firmly on the agenda.
Here’s what he said:
The government reaffirms its commitment to exploring national road pricing.
Budget 2008 announces an invitation to tender to the private sector to run a number of projects based on charging by time of day, distance traveled and route chosen.
The Government will make available sufficient funding to ensure these projects test the impact of financial incentives on driver behaviour.
Today the Government publishes Infrastructure Procurement: delivering long term value setting out the next steps the Government is taking to secure value for money in its procurement of assets, infrastructure and long-term service provision.