OPERATORS OF the privately financed A13 DBFO road will earn shadow tolls only for lorries and buses using the route, the Highways Agency said this week.
Contracts for the project are also the first to encourage operators to incorporate dedicated bus and lorry priority lanes at expense of capacity for cars.
The RMS (A13) group,which comprises Amec, Alfred McAlpine, Brown & Root and Dragados, was due to sign the 30 year concession agreement yesterday.
Previous DBFO contracts were heavily weighted towards shadow tolls on all vehicles. Under this arrangement, the Highways Agency pays the operator according to the number of vehicles using the road.
But under this latest deal, 70% of RMS's income will be for simply keeping the road open. The operator will be penalised if road space is lost to roadworks or if accidents take too long to clear.
The remainder of the payment will be geared to the number of buses or HGVs using the road.