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Congestion charging: learning the lessons and moving forward

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Phil BlytheORCiD



Road user charging has been advocated for managing traffic demand since the 1960s. But it was only in the 1990s that successful working schemes emerged in Singapore, London and Stockholm. ‘The technology is not proven’ has been a significant excuse for not implementing schemes, along with the difficulty of making a persuasive case to politicians, businesses and travelers for its benefits in congested cities and roadways. We will argue that technology can now provide innovative charging schemes that could not be conceived a decade ago. We will review key schemes and technology trials, suggest what can be learnt from them and how innovations can be applied in conjunction with new policy thinking to make congestion charging more acceptable to the congestion, energy, climate and fiscal challenges we face today, and will offer a new ‘deal’ for road users based on “pay as you drive” schemes.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Walker J, Blythe PT, Pickford A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems

Year of Conference: 2012

Date deposited: 30/11/2012