Call for roads to pay for rail- The Times


Peter Jones, The Times, 26 June 2009


Road tolls should be used to pay for a £25 billion network of motorways and high-speed railways in Scotland, a leading think-tank has suggested.

Reform Scotland said that the network, including the construction of a railway station at Edinburgh airport, would lead to massive economic benefits. It said that tolls on major roads should replace vehicle and fuel excise duties. The proposals include a new railway station beside Edinburgh airport, which would be the hub for fast services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Aberdeen and Inverness.

High-speed rail links between Scotland and England and enhancements to airport access were included by the Scottish government yesterday in a new national planning framework, but a government spokesman said it was “absolutely opposed” to road tolls.