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A14 toll proposal scrapped

  • 04 December 2013
  • By Christopher Walton

The government is to scrap plans for a toll on a new stretch of the A14, a move that has been welcomed by freight groups and businesses in East Anglia.

The £1.5bn cost of the A14 upgrade in Cambridgeshire will now be paid for by the government.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: “The A14 is a crucial link to the haven ports – which are predicting a three-fold increase in throughput by 2030.  We’ve listened to the consultation responses, and we’ve come to the decision that when this road goes ahead in three years time there will be no toll. This will not lead to any delay in delivery and the cost will be covered by government.”

Malcolm Bingham, head of road network management policy, at the Freight Transport Association said: “At last, common sense has prevailed regarding the A14 tolls. The FTA believes that this can only be good news for businesses in the area by improving vital infrastructure which supports the local economy and provides a vital strategic national link.”

Meanwhile Road Haulage Association southern and eastern regional director John Howells said: “We have been against the suggestion since it was first raised nearly two years ago.

“It would have meant a tax on the economy of East Anglia and Suffolk as hauliers would have had to pass on the additional costs. In addition, it would have greatly undermined the competitiveness of the Port of Felixstowe and other ports in the region by adding to the cost base of haulage to and from the port.

“We at the RHA launched our own campaign against this proposed tax and supplied, free of charge, over 4,000 stickers to members and non-members alike to display on their vehicles. It is encouraging to know that our message has been noticed and acted upon.”

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/a14-toll-proposal-scrapped