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Transport voting turnout at 38%

Cars and congestion sign in London
Greater Manchester is voting on the congestion charges

Turnout in Greater Manchester's transport referendum stands at 38.2% with three days of voting left, figures from the returning officer show.

About 1.94m people are being asked if they support a 2.8bn package of investment in public transport, tied to a peak-time congestion charge.

Of the 10 boroughs, turnout in the city of Manchester is lowest at 32%, while Trafford has the strongest at 45.9%.

Residents in have until 11 December to cast their postal vote.

If residents miss the post, ballots can be hand-delivered to designated buildings in their area, usually town halls or council buildings.

If the proposals get the go-ahead, rush-hour commuters will be charged up to 5 a day to drive in and out of Manchester city centre.

The introduction of the charge depends on an investment of more than 2bn in public transport including more buses, tram lines and cycle lanes.



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