Government to drive on with road charge plans


Government to drive on with road charge plans

Cliff Saran

The government is to make major changes to the UK transport system, underpinned by IT, as part of Alistair Darling's "green" budget.

The chancellor said the government would look seriously at national road charging as part of a battle plan to reduce congestion on UK roads.

Darling said, "I am setting aside new funding to develop the technology that could underpin national road pricing, inviting tenders to test this, and the results are expected next year."

Road pricing pilots could see schemes like London's congestion charge system, built and run by Capita, running nationally.

Darling also announced that airports would make greater use of automated biometric technology to provide fast-track routes through immigration.

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