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Road user charging in cities a step closer

Road user charging in cities took a step closer yesterday with the publication of the draft Local Transport Bill which proposes to empower local authorities to implement such schemes should they wish to.
The new legislation also proposes to give local authorities the right mix of powers to improve the quality of local bus services and reform the arrangements for local transport governance in major conurbations.Ten conurbations have expressed an interest in implementing road pricing to tackle congestion, which also makes them eligible to receive funding towards major local transport schemes through the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) The ten cities are: Bristol City (including Bath), Cambridgeshire; Durham; Greater Manchester, Shropshire County Council (for Shrewsbury); Tyne and Wear; West Midlands conurbation; Nottingham, Derby and Leicester and the surrounding counties; Reading; Norfolk (for Norwich) The draft Bill would not provide the legal powers that would be needed for a national system of road pricing. Separate legislation would be needed if in future a decision was taken to move towards a national scheme.

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