ROAD USER charging throughout Yorkshire is the only way to beat congestion in the area's motorways, says a government transport study published last week.
The South & West Yorkshire Multi Modal Study by consultant MVA claimed that people in the area, which includes the M62, M1, M18 and A1M, are so widely dispersed that public transport improvements cannot make an impact.
Lifestyle, housing and employment changes have pushed people to the urban fringes and created widely dispersed long distance car commuting.
'Even public transport improvements so substantial as to be impracticable and unaffordable would have little impact on motorway flows and congestion, ' says the report.
If general area charging, which would include charging in Leeds and Sheffield, is ruled out, then at the very least motorway tolling should be applied, it adds.
The report recommends that if any widening is done before charging, it should not allow for a greater level of traffic 'than would be created by optimum area wide road user charging'.
This would rule out widening beyond four lanes each way.
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