Former British Airways chief Sir Rod Eddington has published the findings of his study looking at the role the UK’s transport system can play in sustaining competitiveness.
He has suggested that road tolls could bring £28bn a year of benefits to bus and rail users, and cut congestion by half.
Grand projects such as high-speed rail links were less important than using existing networks better, he said. Smaller projects, including an expansion of the UK cycle network, received strong backing.
But Eddington warned the new technology would be hard to implement.
“Government and the private sector will need to show considerable foresight to deliver a transport system capable of supporting the continued success of the UK economy, able to continue to compete globally and meeting its environmental challenges,” he said.