Which Road Ahead Ahead - Government or Market?

65 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2012 Last revised: 29 Aug 2013

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Oliver Knipping

Institute for Free Enterprise

Richard Wellings

Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)

Date Written: October 28, 2012


In this Hobart Paper, the authors – transport economists Oliver Knipping and Richard Wellings – propose the privatisation of the UK road network. In doing so, they examine the traditional objections to privatisation and find them wanting. In a lively discussion, making good use of practical examples, the authors also look at related issues such as road taxation, the planning system, pricing, regulation and the management of congestion.

Whilst the authors admit that there are valid objections to road privatisation – and straightforward privatisation may not suit all types of roads – there are many imaginative schemes outlined that could deal with those objections. The authors also show that the nationalisation of roads has not been a success.

This study is essential reading for policy-makers, academics and students in the field of transport and logistics.

Keywords: Privatisation, Roads, Richard Wellings, Oliver Knipping, Institute of Economic Affairs

Suggested Citation

Knipping, Oliver and Wellings, Richard, Which Road Ahead Ahead - Government or Market? (October 28, 2012). Institute of Economic Affairs Monographs, No. 77, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2168899

Oliver Knipping

Institute for Free Enterprise ( email )

Richard Wellings (Contact Author)

Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) ( email )

2 Lord North Street
London SW1P 3LB
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