The Independent Transport Commission said today charging motorists to travel would raise enough money to pay for better infrastructure such as tunnels to improve traffic flow.
Co-author Stephen Glaister, professor of transport and infrastructure at Imperial College London, told the BBC: "I think charging is the best of a difficult bunch of policies Britain has 60 million people and more 30 million cars on the road. It really does improve road conditions.
"It creates a better quality of life and it provides revenue for things local authorities like to do - like having new bus services, new trams, better railways."
Glaister was part of a team of academics that helped to draft a report by former British Airways chief Rod Eddington on the shape of Britain's transport network beyond 2015.
Eddington's report, to be delivered on December 6 is likely to back national road charging, streamlined planning decisions and air traffic expansion but rule out new high-speed rail links.
Transport secretary Douglas Alexander has already declared his support for road pricing as a means of tackling growing congestion problems and a project to assess technology to charge drivers by the mile has been given government funding of £10 million.
More than 95% of responses were against plans for the privately built road.
However, any moves to introduce road pricing or a new road-building programme would inevitably attract opposition from many road users and environmentalists.
In May, 2006 the parliamentary transport committee accused ministers of ignoring the results of consultation over plans for a tollway linking Birmingham and Manchester.