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Road Pricing Context

OBJECTIVES

SCHEME DESIGN

TECHNOLOGY

BUSINESS SYSTEMS

Prediction

PREDICTION

TRAFFIC EFFECTS

ENVIRONMENT

ECONOMY

EQUITY

Appraisal

APPRAISAL

Decision Making

ACCEPTABILITY

TRANSFERABILITY

Implementation and Evaluation

EVALUATION

IMPLEMENTATION

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Urban Road User Charging Online Knowledge Base

Acceptability

Consultation activities


Public acceptance is considered to be an important part of any proposed scheme in Cambridge.

To that end a number of consultation activities have either taken place or are programmed, including:

  • Road shows across the county;
  • Online survey;
  • Stakeholder workshops (Cambridge x 3, Huntingdon, March, Ely, Sawston);
  • Breakfast briefings;
  • Special meetings – including Parish Councils, transport operators, the elderly, the disabled;
  • Hard-to-reach groups;
  • Engagement with schools – February 2008; and
  • Member and MPs – meetings and briefings.

By February 2008 approximately 1000 people had visited road shows and approximately 2,240 people had completed an online survey.

The key issues arising from the consultation activities to date are that designers should consider:

  • Discounts and exemptions of any proposed scheme;
  • Outbound trips should be thought about as well as inbound trips;
  • The cost of alternatives to car-borne travel;
  • The need for alternatives to be in place before any charge;
  • The extent of the charging zone;
  • Timescales; and
  • The need for action to reduce congestion.
It is evident that the local authority should think about all these issues in any proposed scheme.