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Call for voters in transport poll

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

People in Manchester are being urged to go and cast their vote in the public transport referendum.

A 2.8bn investment is dependent on the introduction of a peak-time congestion charge in 2013.

Voting packs on the plans were sent out last month to 1.94 million residents in 10 boroughs, who have until 11 December to cast their postal vote.

The returning officer said the turnout had been disappointing so far with only 600,000 or 30% of people voting.

Sir Neil McIntosh said: "It's possible people have put their votes aside to think about it and it's important now to remind them to return to it - especially given the significance of the decisions they're helping to make."

Don't miss the opportunity and don't leave it too late
Sir Neil McIntosh, returning officer

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

Sir Neil said: "People could still be giving some deep consideration to this and that's no bad thing at all.

"But we are anxious that people just don't inadvertently miss out on casting their vote.

"Don't miss the opportunity and don't leave it too late."

The Yes campaign has said there is no "great groundswell of opposition to transport investment" and so supporters were confident of a win.

The No campaign has said it has received an overwhelming reaction from voters and believes there is a strong possibility of a decisive 'no' vote.

But it added it believes everybody should get their vote in on time.



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