The Transport Committee is launching an inquiry into effective road and traffic management following the Government’s decision not to introduce road pricing on existing roads. The investigation will examine how roads and traffic can be better managed to reduce congestion.

The committee is inviting written evidence on congestion and road traffic management, to be submitted by Monday 18 January 2011. It particularly welcomes evidence on topics including the prevalence and impact of traffic congestion and likely future trends, the extent to which Government and local authorities should intervene to alleviate such problems and the best means of doing so, and the extent to which road user culture and behaviour undermines effective traffic management. The inquiry is also interested in intelligent traffic management systems such as the M42 scheme and the impact of bus lanes and other aspects of road layout.

Following written submissions, the committee said oral evidence would also be heard next year.

The move comes after road pricing schemes, regularly discussed when Labour was in power, were dismissed by the coalition government. However, individual local authorities may still have the right to impose road charging programmes.

A recent survey commissioned by the Department for Transport found that 52% of adults did not think such schemes would reduce congestion, compared to 29% who thought they would.