The government this week announced three new areas will receive 'pump-priming' funding to develop road pricing schemes bringing to 10 the number of regions considering road pricing.
The East Midlands local authorities including Nottingham, Derby and Leicester city councils; Reading and Norfolk will join the existing councils receiving the funds including Cambridgeshire; Durham, Greater Manchester, Shropshire, Tyne & Wear and West Midlands conurbation.The 'pump priming' funding will help these councils develop proposal ahead of the allocation of the main Transport Innovation Fund.'The local authorities in these areas will be developing proposals for packages of schemes,' said transport secretary Douglas Alexander. 'All of them are planning to look at road pricing as part of their consideration of demand management options.'Alexander added that the work could also inform the development of a national road pricing scheme.'This work could lead to pilots which will help to inform discussion on a national road pricing scheme, providing experience on the ground and scaleable propositions in respect of the technology.'