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Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether revenue raised from road pricing schemes will be used to upgrade existing motorways and trunk roads. (103305)

For a road pricing scheme on local roads, under the Transport Act 2000, local authorities in England and Wales are required to use any net revenues raised to help deliver their Local Transport Plan for at least the first 10 years of the scheme.

Local authorities may also propose pricing on trunk roads as part of a local scheme. In this case, under current legislation net revenues may be apportioned between the local authority and the Secretary of State. Decisions on this would be taken on a case by case basis. Revenues accruing to the Secretary of State would be hypothecated for transport spending.

No such pricing scheme proposals have yet been put forward. The forthcoming Road Transport Bill will seek to improve the ability of local authorities to introduce schemes. A priority will be to ensure that local schemes offer a fair deal to all road users, including public transport users. Local authorities will be asked to decide what works best for their area.

Road pricing in Scotland is a devolved matter.