Leicester Environmental Road Tolling Scheme
TYRER E, Leicester City Couneill UK
The Leicester Environmental Road Tolling Scheme (LERTS) is a Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) and DGVII (Transport) of the European Commission EUROTOLL research programme to research the problems of traffic congestion in urban a
The Leicester Environmental Road Tolling Scheme (LERTS) is a Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) and DGVII (Transport) of the European Commission EUROTOLL research programme to research the problems of traffic congestion in urban areas and how pricing mechanisms, such as road pricing, affects drivers behaviour. It involves a number of partners including, DETR, Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), Howard Humphreys Transport Planning, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council.
LERTS is the first 'real' road pricing trial to be undertaken in the UK, and is located on the A47 Hinckley Road Corridor, which is to the west of Leicester, and involves a number of volunteer commuters who regularly drive along the corridor into the City of Leicester.
The negotiations for LERTS started in 1995 with the then Department of Transport and the partners TRL, Howard Humphreys Transport Planning and Leicester City Council to develop a scheme to be included in the European Union EUROTOLL Project. Leicester City Council were keen to investigate the scope of Road Pricing and what the likely outcome would be from undertaking a realistic trial.
The project Was approved as part of DETR's research programme to investigate further Road Pricing for the UK Government and funding for the infrastructure, totalling £3.5 million, came through the TPP Package Bid. Additional funding for infrastructure on the corridor was from Private Developers.
The "Research' element of LERTS is funded from DETR and the EU EUROTOLL Programme. The project aims to study the potential of reducing traffic congestion and pollution by encouraging existing drivers to change their travel behaviour. This is being done through 'carrot' measures, such as Park & Ride and the Bus Priority corridor, and the "stick' measure of Road Pricing and reduced road capacity.
It involves the implementation of telematics and electronic technology to assist in the development of strategies, project implementation and network management, from traffic management to electronic Road Tolling and smart-card payment systems.
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