Councillors oppose introduction of tolling on A14 and A47

Councillors in Norfolk are opposing tolling on the A47 and the A14.

Councillors in Norfolk are opposing tolling on the A47 and the A14. - Credit: IAN BURT

Council bosses in Norfolk have resolved to oppose the introduction of tolling, excluding shadow tolling, on either the A14 or A47 in the region.

Norfolk county councillors, at today's full council meeting at County Hall, also called on cabinet to work with local government colleagues in the region to ensure that roads remained free at point of use.

Council leader George Nobbs tabled the motion to address the uncertainty over how much-needed improvements to roads will be paid for.

An amendment to the motion, to exclude shadow tolling from the resolution, was moved by Toby Coke, leader of the UKIP group.

Shadow tolls are contractual payments made by a government, or local authorities, to a private company that operates the road which is built, or maintained, using private funding initiatives.

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The toll is made per driver using that road, but the driver does not pay it, rather the government or local authority reimburses the construction company over a period of time depending on the volume of use.

While the prospect of tolls on the A47 remains hypothetical, A14 tolls are at a more advanced stage.

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The proposals include a new section south of Huntingdon – which would be tolled.

Earlier this month, roads minister Robert Goodwill said the £1.5bn project would not happen without tolls, But, with six of Suffolk's MPs taking the case against it to the Prime Minister, they hope the government will scrap the proposal.

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