War on motorists to end: Hammond

The Government will "end the war on motorists", new transport secretary Philip Hammond has vowed as he confirmed there will be no user charges for existing roads.

Mr Hammond also confirmed that the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition administration will hold a consultation on plans to keep the price of petrol down if there is an increase in world oil prices.

A Tory manifesto pledge to stop funding fixed-position speed cameras will be honoured, although councils will be free to introduce them if they desire.

Mr Hammond said: "We will end the war on motorists. Motoring has got to get greener but the car is not going to go away."

While supporting the £16 billion cross-London Crossrail scheme, Mr Hammond said he was focused on maximising value for money on the scheme.

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