This article reports on the Birmingham North Relief Road project, which is to be the UK's first tolled motorway, built and operated by the private sector. Until the results of the competition are known, there is considerable uncertainty about: (1) which consortium will win the concession; (2) whether the project will survive and then succeed as a private venture; (3) what changes will have to be made to the project. There is also uncertainty about the precise route of the road, even though it will fairly closely follow the route published by the Department of Transport in its enquiry. Some specific features of the planned route are already causing considerable concern, for example about the possibility that some drivers will decide that the toll road is too inconvenient or expensive to use, so that they will consider alternative routes, some of which might worsen congestion where the new road was expected to alleviate it. The problems are made more complicated by the presence of a high proportion of South Staffordshire's industrial land near the new road. The author concludes that, at present, the toll motorway plan makes the prospects for the West Midlands Orbital Road too uncertain for comfort.

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  • Authors:
    • BOND, R
  • Publication Date: 1989-11-30


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 10-13
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 172
    • Issue Number: 5073
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00606373
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM