CBI calls for private road capacity 09 Sep 2011

The CBI has called for Government to allow the private sector to fund and build new toll roads.

A survey of the organisation's members shows many see a crucial need for more infrastructure to help economic recovery, especially the provision of an adequate road network.

A report in The Times says an extension to the existing M6 tolled motorway - stretching from north of Birmingham to Manchester - and an upgrade to the A14 running from Felixstowe to the Midlands are two schemes likely to attract interest from the private sector.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

"The CBI is right. There is just not enough public money to develop the road network we urgently need, so we have to think creatively about how we deliver more capacity for drivers who will increasingly find themselves stuck in traffic jams. The experience of other countries - including France, Germany, Norway and parts of the US is that toll roads can generate a lot of money and are acceptable to motorists."

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Contact:

Philip Gomm - Head of External Communications - RAC Foundation. 07711 776448 / 020 7747 3445 / philip.gomm@racfoundation.org

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