Saturday, November 12, 2011

A14 Toll?

"Department for Transport has made funding available for the first two stages of research into how congestion on the trunk road can be relieved, and the initial work should be completed by Christmas..."

How many studies in how many years must we have when the answer to the question is, "add another lane on each side."

You can do this by (1) paying for the whole thing up-front, (2) doing a real-toll PFI, where the private sector takes the traffic risk - that's a drop or rise in the expected number of vehicles or, (3) or an availability payment system PFI where the private sector focuses on the road maintenance, ie keeping it open and available to public.

The decision about which option to use is actually a political one, not a technical one.

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