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A13 ROAD SCHEME ENCOURAGES LORRIES AND BUSES

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The 22-mile long A13 road in east London is expected to form the model for all future contracts awarded under the g...
The 22-mile long A13 road in east London is expected to form the model for all future contracts awarded under the government's private-sector roads initiative - known as design, build, finance and operate schemes. The Financial Times (p11) reports that the contractor that wins the concession to upgrade and maintain the A13 will be encouraged to provide dedicated bus and lorry lanes to maximise the environmental benefits of the road. It should also include cycle tracks and footways.

Under the DBFO programme the private sector is given a far bigger say in the design and construction of the road in return for 'shadow tolls' paid by the government over a 30-year concession. Labour is keen to modify the programme devised by the previous government to place a greater emphasis on moving heavy vehicles down new roads and to reduce the incentive to road designers and builders to encourage more private cars.

Roads minister Baroness Hayman is quoted: 'The previous system of crude shadow tolls gave an incentive to the operator to go for a lot of traffic. We want to see if we can make public-private sector partnerships work in accordance with the integrated transport-policy objectives of the new government.' Eight DBFO schemes are under way with one of the first, the£112m A417-A419 between Swindon and Gloucester, compeleted in December, nine months ahead of schedule.
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