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ITS - time fora rethink?


Brian Hanson castigated Frank Dobson for not supporting congestion charging in London (NCE 30 March). But his comments cut deeper than the battle between Ken and the 'also rans'. The problem centres on the ideals of the Government's Integrated Transport Strategy and what is needed to make it work.

Getting motorists to pay more for their privileged position in the accessibility stakes is central to the success of ITS.

However, the Government's actions conflict with the policy. The chancellor backs down on increasing petrol taxes precisely because they are beginning to bite. The Government's representative in the Dick Whittington Handicap lacks the bottle to introduce charges where they are demonstrably appropriate.

If the Government cannot face the choices needed to implement ITS, it would be better off returning to predict and provide. It is simpler, as effective as an under funded ITS, and it will win it the next election.

Justin Cooper (M)

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