ICE call for road user charging in London

02/02/2016
Highways Reporters

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) wants road user charging to be considered as a way of funding infrastructure improvements in London.  

According to ICE, if London is to remain a leading world city, the next Mayor must be “radical and innovative” in finding ways to pay for the £1.3 trillion investment needed in the capital’s infrastructure by 2050.

In its Manifesto for London Infrastructure – which sets out 10 recommendations for the future Mayor and Assembly - the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) London said the 2050 London Infrastructure Plan had set out a roadmap for London’s infrastructure and urged all Mayoral candidates to commit to it. But it raised concerns that the transport, energy, water and waste projects required come at a cost well beyond that which the Government can fund. It called for a new approach to funding to ensure the capital gets the infrastructure it needs.

ICE London recommended the creation of an “Infrastructure Trust”, similar to the model proving successful in Chicago, to establish a range of innovative methods to fund and finance infrastructure. It also suggested control over vehicle taxes is devolved to the GLA to be spent on road maintenance. And it called for a “complete review” of road user charges in London, to ascertain if and where further charging zones or tolls need to be implemented in the future.

From 2004-2014, £1.2 billion in revenue was generated by the London Congestion Charge and invested back into the capital’s transport. Congestion was also reduced by 30% a year after its introduction.

Suzanne Moroney, ICE London director, said: “Tackling the core challenges of population growth and climate change, and retaining London’s position as a leading global city, requires long-term commitment to its infrastructure. But this comes at a cost and £1.3 trillion over the next 35 years is a significant and challenging target.

“Our industry, innovators and academics have a responsibility to help drive down costs through use of emerging technologies, but the next Mayor must also be innovative and radical when it comes to securing new funding sources.

“We must also open up the ‘user pays’ debate - a principle that is adopted across most infrastructure through utility bills and transport fares. Road user charging is a means of allowing a payback income stream for infrastructure investments, and when combined with effective management tools and technology, schemes can also help to reduce traffic and vehicle use.

“We would like to see a review of road user charging conducted by the next Mayor to assess whether new charging zones or tolls are required, and how any future schemes could increase revenue for future transport projects. We look forward to working with the Mayor and Assembly to ensure London’s continued prosperity and growth.”

ICE London’s 10 recommendations for London’s next Mayor and London Assembly:

Strategy

1) Commit to the London Infrastructure Plan 2050 and set out a clear prioritisation strategy within 6 months of entering City Hall.

 

2) Support the Government’s final decision on the 2015 Airports Commission Report.

 

3) Create a Regional Forum for authorities from London and the South East to discuss key infrastructure issues.

 

Resilience

4) Develop a “London Resilience Plan 2050” mapping out how the capital will adapt to long term climate changes and environmental disasters.

 

5) Improve energy efficiency and increase local energy generation.

 

Skills

6) Expand STEM in the London Curriculum and the London Schools Excellence Fund.

 

7) Launch a skills campaign to increase the number of qualified civil engineers in London.

 

Delivery

8) Focus Transport for London’s investment to unlock areas for housing, jobs and investment in the capital.

 

9) Harness different funding and finance methods to pay for London’s infrastructure.

 

10) Review road user charges with the revenue generated directed to infrastructure improvements.
Highways jobs

Head of Highways, Transport and Recycling

Powys County Council
£77,282 – £84,102 per annum 
We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and inspirational leader as our new Head of Highways, Transport and Recycling here in Powys. Powys
Recruiter: Powys County Council

Waste Loaders

City of York Council
£9.52 per hour
Do you have a current UK driving licence? York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

General Operatives/Drivers/Gardeners

City of York Council
£9.52 to £10.30 dependent upon experience
Do you have a current UK driving licence? York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Programme Manager - Highways

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£42,683 - £44,632
Are you an experienced, talented and collaborative Programme Manager with experience of supporting public sector transformation and change? Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

(Senior) Environmental Health Officer/Enforcement Officer

Brent Council
£35,724 - £41,706 p.a. inc.
We are looking for Environmental Health Officers; EHRB registered and has current experience in food safety and health & safety enforcement. Brent, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Brent Council

Road worker/Ground worker

City of York Council
£10.30 per hour
Have you successfully worked as part of a team? York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

HGV Relief Driver

North West Leicestershire District Council
Salary Band D, £21,589- £24,799 per year (pro rata to period of contract)
We are looking to recruit temporary HGV Relief Drivers with occasional loading duties to join NWLDC’s busy Waste Services Team. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recruiter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Waste Services Worker (Loader)

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band B, £18,795 - £19,171 per year (pro rata to the length of contract)
We are looking for Waste Operations Loaders to join our Waste Services Team to undertake waste collection and other related duties. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recruiter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Chargehand/Ganger

City of York Council
£11.09 per hour
Do you have experience of excavation, reinstatement and footway maintenance schemes? York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Sustainability & Resilience Manager (maternity cover)

Essex County Council
£51510.0 - £58752 per annum
This fixed-term contract will begin in August 2020 and is expected to last until October 2021 Interviews scheduled to be held Wednesday 10th June 2020 England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recruiter: Essex County Council

Civil Service Deputy Director Roles

GOV.UK
£70,000 - £117,800 & excellent rewards
We’re looking for significant experience of engaging at C-Suite and Board levels, excellent partnership-building and... England
Recruiter: GOV.UK

Engineer (Highways Scheme Design)

Medway Council
£31,888 - £37,646 per annum
The post-holder will be required to have highway engineering expertise in order to contribute to efficient and effective provision of... Medway City Estate, Rochester
Recruiter: Medway Council

Principal Flood Risk Officer

Lancashire County Council
£42,683-£46,566
We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Floor Risk Officer Lancashire
Recruiter: Lancashire County Council

Resources and Waste Commercial and Contracts Manager

Northumberland County Council
£47,107 - £50,394
We are looking for a strategic, innovative and performance-focused leader to join us as Resources and Waste; Commercial and Contracts Manager. County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland
Recruiter: Northumberland County Council

Principal Planning Liaison Officer X3

Somerset County Council
£33,799 to £37,849 per annum
We have a number of fantastic opportunities in Somerset at various levels Taunton, Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Principal Estate Roads Engineer

Somerset County Council
£33,799 to £37,849 per annum
We have a number of fantastic opportunities in Somerset at various levels Taunton, Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Principal Travel Plan Officer

Somerset County Council
£33,799 to £37,849 per annum
We have a number of fantastic opportunities in Somerset at various levels Taunton, Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Assistant Estate Roads Engineer x2

Somerset County Council
£25,295 to £28,785 per annum
We have 2 exciting opportunities for enthusiastic and committed individuals to join our Highways Development Management Team Taunton, Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Design Services Manager

Lincolnshire County Council
£50,430 - £55,503
We are a team of mixed experience and skills, proud to serve the people of Lincolnshire and have fun whilst doing so! Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Transport Planning Officer

North Yorkshire County Council
£29,636 to £32,029
We are looking for a Transport Planning Officer to join our Highways and Transportation service. Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

Crossing the inflection point

COVID-19 recovery plans revealed

Modelling a changing world

The great reallocation

View the latest issue

Latest Video