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Tolls to pay for new roads

Date: 14 December 2011

The UK could be in line for more toll roads as the Government committed to funding more infrastructure projects in the autumn statement.

The chancellor committed £5bn of taxpayers' money to the new National Infrastructure Plan, and is hoping for £20bn of private investment in roads, rail links and other major transport improvements.

A document supporting the announcement added: "The Government is committed to increasing capacity and improving performance on the A14. It will explore innovative ways of financing this work, including tolls, which will also be investigated for other new-capacity proposals."

Other projects include the Manchester airport and Crewe relief roads, a Bristol link route, and improvements to the A45 and A43.

The chancellor said the Government will invest over £1bn to tackle congestion including £270m for two new managed motorway schemes to allow use of the hard shoulder at busy times on the M3 and M6, and £150m for improvements to the M1/M6 intersection. However, it is worth noting that some schemes are already underway.

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