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New cash fuels road charge plans

Plans to charge motorists for using certain roads in the West have received a 500,000 boost from the minister of state for transport.

The funding is additional to 700,000 received by the West of England Partnership (WEP) in January.

The region is the first to benefit from the new money.

The cash is to be used to take forward WEP's proposals for improved public transport and measures, including road pricing.

In July 2005 local authorities were invited to bid for 18m of development funding to bring forward packages of measures that combined better local public transport with hard demand management measures, such as road tolls.

WEP covers Bristol City, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils.

It is one of 10 areas to benefit from the funding, which will be used to analyse current and future congestion issues and how to best manage them.

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