Bridging the knowledge gap

6 December 2006  •  Author(s): Dr Chris Humphrey, Project Manager, CURACAO

The unsustainable levels of congestion and pollution affecting Europe’s cities are being tackled by soft measures that seek to manage the insatiable demand for greater mobility. One powerful measure at a city’s disposal is pricing road space by time and place of access. In this article Dr Chris Humphrey introduces a new European Commission project, CURACAO, which aims to support the implementation of the fair and efficient pricing of roads, and its accompanying benefits for cities.

Introduction

Congestion continues to be a significant factor affecting the quality of life in today’s cities. That said, in cities where road pricing measures have been implemented, for instance in London and Durham in the UK, levels of congestion have fallen significantly. In addition, numerous demonstrations, trials and studies have proven that the technology works and that pricing schemes can deliver real benefits, most in recently in Stockholm in Sweden.

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