The urban road network is presently beset with many problems, one of which is traffic congestion and the need for efficient road use. The study summarised in the report investigates the method of traffic restraint known as "congestion pricing" and its role as a possible partial solution. After defining the problem and suggesting alternative ways of dealing with it, the major attributes of congestion pricing, both as means of traffic restraint and of charging for road use, are outlined. Particular attention is paid to the study of heavy congestion (or "ingression") and past work is evaluated and extended. A formulation for an optimal ingression charge is presented. The relationship between pricing and investment is examined and specifically related to congestion pricing. Under "ideal" conditions the equivalence of congestion revenue and road costs is demonstrated. The present cost and revenue structure of the Victorian road system is detailed and divided into that in the urban (Melbourne) sector and the non-urban sector. A number of adverse criticisms have been raised concerning congestion pricing. Each of these objections are analysed and discussed, and conclusions drawn as to the validity of each. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Melbourne University, Australia

    Department of Civil Engineering, Grattan Street
    Parkville, Victoria 3053,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • McMenamin, D A
  • Publication Date: 1978-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00300770
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RR/TRANS/11/78 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1979 12:00AM