This article relates the history of the financing of the French n highway network since the early 1950s. A rather complicated sequ many financing options was explored, before a move was made towar extensive cooperation between the public and private sectors. Originally, the roads were to be financed from fuel taxes, but th never happened. In 1944, legislation was passed to allow toll fi of motorways; under the new law, five SEMCAs (concessionnaires) w established between 1956 and 1963 to build highways between 50km 70km long. Later, they were allowed to build two longer sections motorway. The SEMCAs at first only had public share holders, but private companies were then allowed to compete for new concession After a complicated series of events, Autoroutes de France (ADC) up in the early 1980s to coordinate the SEMCAs, and its position strengthened in 1987 when the French Government poured in money. 1986, toll financing became more open, and facilitated much more construction and maintenance than could have occurred from taxes Today, 5,800km of France's 6,600km of intercity motorways are tol together with more than 70% of its 1,500km of expressways.


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  • Accession Number: 00665373
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: , ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 9 1996 12:00AM