Treasury minister says there are no plans to toll the A47 after A14 u-turn

Transport minister, Stephen Hammond, centre, at the A47 yesterday <mon> with local MPs, from left, H

Transport minister, Stephen Hammond, centre, at the A47 yesterday <mon> with local MPs, from left, Henry Bellingham, Chloe Smith, Richard Bacon, George Freeman, Elizabeth Truss, and Keith Simpson. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2013

There are no plans to toll the A47, Danny Alexander indicated in a clear shift of mood over road tolling after the A14 charge plans have been scrapped.

The chief secretary to the Treasury said the government would report back on a number of road schemes which were currently the subject of feasibility studies, including the A47, by next year's Autumn Statement.

He went on to say the government did not have proposals for tolls on any other road schemes set out in its Infrastructure Plan.

His comments come after senior government figures, including deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and a transport minister, have all indicated that they would not rule out imposing a charge on drivers to pay for an upgrade to the trunk road across Norfolk.

Mr Alexander said: 'We had a very strong response to our consultation on that subject [of the A14 toll] and the things we were concerned about was whether we could still deliver the project on the timescale set out without a toll.


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He added: 'We don't have any proposals for tolls on any of the other schemes we have set out. That is not part of our plan going forward.'

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