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PRESCOTT ADVISOR URGES ROAD PRICING TO CUT TRAFFIC

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The government has been urged by a senior advisor to deputy prime minister John Prescott to make more use of electr...
The government has been urged by a senior advisor to deputy prime minister John Prescott to make more use of electronic road pricing to discourage traffic growth and to finance alternative means of transport.

The Financial Times (p10) reports that David Begg, a member of the team appointed by Prescott to advise on the proposed transport white paper and an Edinburgh councillor, expressed his views in one of two papers presented at the launch of the Centre for the Management of Traffic and the Environment.

Reform of the way roads and public transport are priced was needed, but transport was a lower priority for politicians than health or education, Begg said. This made it difficult to achieve radical change.
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