A Government decision not to introduce tolling on the A14 has been welcomed by council leaders and local MP Sir Jim Paice.
Revenue from proposed charges would have been between £1 and £1.50 for cars using the 12-mile stretch between Ellington and Swavesey. It would have been used to fund the cost of the planned £1.5bn upgrade of the road. This will now be paid for out of general taxation.
The announcement follows a consultation period during which local residents and businesses were invited to share their views on the scheme.
Cllr James Waters, Leader of Forest Heath District Council, said: “I welcome the news that our businesses will not be put at a disadvantage by the tolling of the A14.
“We support early improvements to the route and see it as important an issue as broadband in growing our economy.”
Sir Jim Paice,MP for South East Cambridgeshire, said, “A number of my constituents and local businesses have raised concerns about the tolling proposal.
“I am glad that the Government has listened to these concerns. Funding arrangements for the bypass now need to be finalised to ensure that this important scheme is not delayed.”
The Huntingdon southern bypass should result in a reduction in traffic and accidents on the busy A14, as well as unlocking major developments such as the new town of Northstowe.