Our assessment identified that the potential revenue benefits were unlikely to make a meaningful contribution to the cost of the road.
It was also identified that implementing a toll would likely result in reduced road safety outcomes for road users and a high diversion rate onto the coastal route (the current State Highway 1), reducing the environmental, safety and access benefits of communities along that route.
The Transport Agency also considered whether tolling could be used as a measure to reduce congestion on our roads by managing demand.
The modelling around tolling and the reduction of congestion on the road indicated that tolling would be an ineffective mechanism to encourage mode shift and was more likely to encourage people to take their cars on the coastal route.
Finally, the Transport Agency identified that while road pricing may be a valuable tool in the future for managing demand and reducing congestion, other work needs to occur first to ensure the public transport network is able to offer a competitive solution to personal vehicles.