FTA calls for tolling change

25th May 2012

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called for a restriction on the degree of tolling allowed on the UK's roads, warning that the current system could skew the way people use transport infrastructure.

Malcolm Bingham, the FTA's head of road network management policy, said Birmingham's famous Spaghetti Junction is a key example, given that many motorists use this route in order to avoid paying excessive tolls.

"We believe that going forward, some rules are needed in order to make privately built parts of the road network affordable for all drivers, including goods vehicles," Mr Bingham commented.

Spaghetti Junction is well-known for attracting large numbers of vehicles, carrying around 210,000 daily despite being built to take around 75,000.

Decreasing the amount of people who use this junction would cut down on maintenance costs and reduce traffic issues, suggested the FTA.

The lobby group recently suggested the logistics industry will be vital to the success of the upcoming Olympic Games in London.

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Posted by Danielle Barge