Manchester Congestion Charge: Back to Gridlock


I see that Manchester has voted against the congestion charge. I’m a bit surprised. I mean it would be hard to find a better package than the one that Manchester was being offered. The charge itself was modest and would only apply at certain times during the day making the scheme sensible and realistic. That’s not to mention the planned huge investments that would greatly improve the transport infrastructure.

I guess the petrol heads fought an angry and emotive opposition campaign, perhaps using the current economic woes to persuade people that they can’t afford to vote yes.

Ah well, the Transport Minister will probably be just as happy to use all the allocated cash that Manchester rejected and build more roads with it.

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