Why roads policy is left on the hard shoulder

Road pricing, once seen as a solution to the problem of road congestion, has ground to a halt. Catherine Early looks at what went wrong and considers if other demand-side policies could be more successful at ending the public’s love affair with the car

At the end of last year, the people of Greater Manchester overwhelmingly rejected plans for a road congestion charging scheme. Just over a million voted in a referendum and almost four in every five were against the plan, even though it would have levered a £2.8 billion package of metropolis-wide transport improvements.

They shunned a remedy for Britain’s remorseless growth in road traffic and the accompanying environmental damage which has long appeared obvious to those engaged in transport and environment policy.

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