15 June 2012
Responding to the publication of the Government’s response and initial study into the A14 Challenge, Sian Berry, Campaign for Better Transport’s sustainable transport campaigner, said:
"This study has proved that tolling to pay for a massive new road isn’t the magic solution for congestion on the A14. Even the best estimate of how much it would raise would leave a half billion pound hole for local taxpayers to fund. Given this, it’s time that the Government ruled out the option of a six lane dual carriageway through the Cambridgeshire countryside once and for all, rather than leaving it in the mix. But we are very pleased to see that the Government has taken on board many of our proposals for a package of measures across all modes, including freight, buses and smarter travel, and we're confident that this will be found to be the best, and most affordable, solution."
The A14 Challenge was launched in December to find ways to improve traffic conditions on the A14. However, the initial assessment of tolling, carried out for the study, has shown that even with a £1.50 charge for each trip on the new roads, only £370 million could be raised in private finance, leaving more than half a billion pounds of public money to be found for the largest of the schemes proposed.
Measures supported by Campaign for Better Transport, such as ‘smarter choices' promotion of sustainable travel and investment in rail freight and bus services, have been accepted by Government as part of a package of measures across different transport modes to cut congestion.
Notes to Editors
3. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).