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Users may pay for new Scots motorway

THE £180M proposed extension to Scotland's M74 could be the first motorway to be paid for by local authority congestion charges.

The executive arm of the Scottish Parliament this week announced that the M74 proposal was being handed back to Glasgow and South Lanarkshire councils to review as part of their Local Transport Strategies.

It added: 'If the case for the new road can be demonstrated in terms of tackling congestion on the surrounding road network, the authorities will be able to consider whether they would wish to use the proposed road user charging powers to fund construction.' The Executive also suggests that finance could be raised by tolling the route.

The M74 decision was part of the long-awaited Scottish Strategic Roads Review. Only five schemes worth a total £114M were given the go-ahead. The largest of these, the M77 extension, is likely to be built using a Public Private Partnership.

The review is in line with efforts to encourage more use of public transport'.

www.scotland.gov.uk

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