County council urged to support A14 toll discount for local residents and workers similar to Dartford Crossing

11:45 21 October 2013

A14 Huntingdon to Cambridge proposals

A14 Huntingdon to Cambridge proposals

Archant

A call for residents to get a discount on any toll along the upgraded A14 will be made at next week’s Cabinet meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council.

Alex Plant, executive director for transport, will tell councillors that “the potential for a local residents’ discount on the toll should be raised as is the case on the Dartford Crossing”.

Mr Plant said the discount should be available for locally registered cars and light vehicles “which would also assist local businesses”.

He added: “It is most likely that a service company will be appointed to undertake the tolling and it would be appropriate that the service contract should include targets for toll collection including ones for foreign vehicles.”

Mr Plant said the proposal to introduce a toll for use of the Huntingdon southern bypass will need discussions “about the long term levels of charging and diversionary impacts on the A428 and local roads through villages and market towns.”

He said at this time “it is proposed that the need for tolls is noted and the principle is reluctantly supported if it helps deliver the scheme but that certainty over scope and how the tolls will be set and increased in the future will be required.

“It is also considered that where the alternative route is signed, information should be given about the extra distance involved to encourage use of the strategic route.”

Mr Plant has compiled a set of recommendations to Cabinet setting out suggested responses to the “informal consultation” on proposed route options which have been brought forward by the Highways Agency.

He also points out that as part of the scheme, the county council could inherit 20 kilometres of detrunked A14 and 12 kilometres of new single carriageway road.

The costs of maintaining these together with bridges, drainages, signage, lighting and landscaping “will need to be agreed in time with the Highways Agency.”

0 comments

More news stories

7 minutes ago

Here we go again, many years ago a group of people: Jill Freud, Duncan Boughton, Ann Chambers, Tom Jones, Bertha Cordell, George Acton and myself Margaret Carver met in the George Hotel in Doddington.

I am part of the Sheringham Carnival Committee (North Norfolk) every year on the Tuesday of our annual carnival we hold street races and last year the best overall in the street races was won by Andrew Hircock and Ben Groves of Wisbech.

Surgery on the green

In an effort to communicate with our constituents we carried out street surgeries, knocking on doors, street by street over four years in our Waterlees Village ward.

If we are to encourage cyclists to use the roads, we need to make the roads safer and more welcoming. Much of this can be achieved by reducing the speed of traffic. Where there are 20mph limits in place, there is no excuse for cyclists to use pavements.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up