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NEW REVENUE STREAMS FOR TRANSPORT 'VITAL'

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It is vital that new revenue streams are introduced to provide the resources necessary to develop a quality transpo...
It is vital that new revenue streams are introduced to provide the resources necessary to develop a quality transport infrastructure, according to Alan Wilson, chief executive of the Scottish Council Development and Industry.

In a letter to The Herald (p14) Mr Wilson writes: 'The SCDI is against the introduction of charging for travelling on existing motorways and other inter-urban trunk roads.

'Inevitably such a move would force traffic on to alternative routes through the local communities that the trunk roads and motorways were originally designed to bypass. The environmental and safety implications of this would be counter-productive and a step into the dark ages.'

However, he continues: 'This is not to say that SCDI would necessarily be against tolling for new and additional roads infrastrucuture, possibly constructed through PFI/PPP.'

He concludes: 'It would be wrong to dismiss road charging schemes out of hand and it is right to investigate the technicalities of how road charging will work.

Provided full consultation and education on how it will be implemented is undertaken and the principle of hypothecation is accepted, selective road pricing may turn out to be an important factor in ensuring that Scotland's integrated transport network develops logically and coherently.'

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