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Council opposes congestion charge

Traffic on Oxford Road, Manchester
Fifteen main routes into the city centre will be chargeable

Trafford Council has voted to oppose the congestion charge planned for Greater Manchester.

It says it has based its decision on its own consultation with local people and businesses.

The 10 Greater Manchester councils are due to meet next week to decide whether to proceed with the government's plans.

If the congestion charge plan goes ahead it will be offset by 3bn worth of public transport improvements, including a Metrolink expansion.

Monitor journeys

The road pricing scheme, proposed by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA), involves two charging rings - one at the M60, the other close to the city centre.

Drivers will pay a deposit for an electric tag, which will monitor journeys on 15 main routes into the city in the morning and evening rush periods.

According to a poll commissioned by Greater Manchester's councils in which 5,000 residents were questioned, 53% supported the plans.

A spokesman for Manchester Against Road Tolls (MART) said their organisation was pleased that "at least one council will apparently try and stop these plans".

John McGoldrick, from MART, added: "Many of the ten Greater Manchester councils seem not to have known the full details of what is proposed.

"As these details come to light we hope that most councils will decide not to support this submission."

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