After the resounding rejection of the Greater Manchester congestion-charging scheme (and the proposed scheme for Edinburgh) you might have thought road tolling in the UK was dead and buried outside of central London.
Not if the highways Agency has anything to do with it. I was browsing on the HA website last night and discovered this little gem buried at the end of the report on the planned increase in Hard Shoulder Running and variable speed limits.
‘To optimise the benefits, we plan to provide for ramp-metering – the use of traffic lights on motorway entry slip roads – as an integral element of HSR schemes, to ensure the best traffic flow onto the motorways.
‘The ATM Feasibility Study noted that managed motorway infrastructure could potentially enable additional capacity to be tolled, as seen in the USA. Further analysis of the concept of single lane tolling has been carried out since March 2008. This work has indicated that toll lanes could be beneficial in reducing congestion but significant costs would be associated with their introduction and operation.
‘The Government currently has no plans to seek the powers that would be necessary to implement single lane tolling.’