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Plans to let the private sector run our busiest roads are not in motorists’ interests

Edmund Kind, The AA
25 January 2013
Edmund King is president of the AA and a visiting professor of transport at Newcastle University.
Edmund King is president of the AA and a visiting professor of transport at Newcastle University.

 

How should we pay for our roads? It was a surprise even to officials that the Government’s mid-term review statement in early January contained no reference to plans to build new roads with private investment, despite this being trailed by the Prime Minister. Rumour has it that it was all too difficult so references to private financing of roads were cut out of the report.

It is ironic that the successful increase in the number of fuel-efficient cars has left the Government with a problem...

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