Pay-as-you-drive road tolls are an unavoidable answer to Britain's traffic congestion, a government-commissioned report is to say.
The BBC has learned Sir Rod Eddington's study into transport - to be published on Friday - will say tolls could bring £28bn a year of benefits.
BBC Transport Correspondent Tom Symonds said Sir Rod has not ruled out a high speed London to Scotland rail link.
But he says it is not a priority and existing networks should be used more.
With this report, its surely only a matter of time before they start being introduced nationwide? I will tempt a guess that a program to start charging will be in process by 2008.
With regards to the "High Speed Rail Link" between London and Scotland, dont we already have one? Its called the East Coast Mainline lol!
To be honest, if the government had spent more on the APT, than the totally pathetic and to be quite frank, embarrasing sum of £50million, and actually backed it rather then pushing for it to be scrapped throughout the entire development stages of it, we would already have a state of the art rail network to rely on.
But instead, its left to a load of independent companies to save the network and now we get a sub-standard pile of crap, that is called a railway network!
Not to mention them shutting all the branch lines in the 60's.
Back to road tolls, I think they are possibly needed in some places, but I think this will be abused by the government as a money making oppurtunity, another stealth tax if you like...BBC News Report