DfT tries to 'lock-in' local authorities to road pricing before forward funding transport projects

The UK Department for Transport has issued guidance for local authorities, outlining the business case requirements for bids to the demand management stream of the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF). The DfT says that it is looking for TIF bids that include road-pricing proposals that are likely to be operational by 2010-11 if they cover a small area or by 2012-13 if they cover a larger area. Funding will only be provided for projects directly related to the impact of a charging scheme. Bidding authorities must undertake to provide a local contribution to the cost of their proposals. As well as tackling local congestion, the DfT wants charging schemes to act as pilot projects in advance of a national scheme. The guidance provides details of the package level business case expected to be submitted by bidders. It is expected that packages will provide a benefit:cost ratio of at least 2:1. The guidance says that the government intends to remove the need for local authorities to receive ministerial approval before introducing charging. It is highlighted that the pricing schemes will need to comply with the 2004 EC Directive 2004/52/EC.

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  • Accession Number: 01050818
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  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
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  • Created Date: Jun 5 2007 12:16AM